Janell, that's exactly what I was looking for. I like the idea of a writing exercise replacing written narration for the day. Those are the kinds of things that make perfect sense, but i dont always think of on my own. I think my dd12 and in 6th would be very self directed, too; and it might give just enough direction to help improve her writing, which isn't bad, but could use some polishing. I do have couple of more questions for you.
Do you use R&S before the Grade 5 book or just start there? If starting there, when do you recommend - 5th, 6th, or ? I plan to start dd mid 6th next month, just wondering for my younger three if that's a good place to start in the future?
Do you use R&S 5 alongside of the Harvey's or use it before? Or Our Mother Tongue?
Do you recommend the worksheets and tests or is there enough in the student book alone?
Do you use 1-2 years of R&S and call it done or do you continue it through? I'm trying to form an overview of how it could possibly look a bit longer term.
If I start R&S 5 now, mid 6th and take a full year or year and a half moving on to R&S 6 mid 7th or even beginning of 8th, will I be on track to cover what needs covering or should I try to finish R&S 5 a bit sooner? This being my oldest child, I don't have a well formed idea of how this should (or could) look in my mind.
I'm checking the R & S samples online, which are very good, but I'm just trying to get a feel for how other families have made it work for them. I will check out the Harvey's and OMT, too.
Thank you for your time. I hadn't considered R&S, but it looks like it might be just what we need.