I am so excited right now. This week I tossed the language lessons workbook and the handwriting workbook. I increased my boys' reading to 2 chapters a day (they are reading a G.A. Henty book or a Ballantyne book) and required half a page of written narration daily. One of my boys, the reluctant reader, is going to town on his narration. They are a full page (college ruled paper)! I told him he doesn't have to make them that long, but he says it's no fun unless he can include the exciting details! I am amazed!
I did notice though, that he doesn't use an capitalization and only occasional periods. I did review with him capitalizing first word of every sentence (which he knows but doesn't want to take the time to do) and periods. Mostly right now I'm just encouraging him.
My other son (they are both 11 yrs old), writes really small and only does 4-5 sentences at most with his narrations. I'm not sure how to encourage him?
I do have to say that reading Sonya's article for the month of November in the planner book gave me the extra courage to use written narrations and to adapt it for my family. It is so freeing. I think I didn't do it earlier because I don't like to do things unless I can do them completely by the book, which my life doesn't usually allow. It has been such a joy to see my sons reading, and then choosing to read during their free time. They love learning.
I went through a very insecure month last month after visiting the homes of several friends who's children are enrolled in various classes and courses and use various, rigorous curriculum. I couldn't handle that with our lifestyle. I see, though, that the tendency or temptation with these is to do things for the curriculum or class not out of joy. In focusing on reading, written narrations, math, etc... the kids are instinctively learning the same things the curriculums teach. Plus they are owning more of their learning. We chase rabbit trails of interest and visit the library at least once a week. It's been such a pleasurable month!
I'm hoping to add back Spelling Wisdom and use it to address some of the issues with punctuation and grammar next month. Just would love some guidance with the written narrations.