We stopped using workbooks last year and it’s been a wonderful year of school. However, I saw another child’s workbook open (who is the same age as my child) and there were things in there that I hadn’t thought of having mine do yet, alphabetizing words, syllables, etc. How will I know all the extra things like that needing taught if I’m not using workbooks,textbooks, but instead using living books? Hope that made sense, thanks!
Think of practical ways they can learn these skills. I teach my children alphabetizing by using a children’s dictionary. A few times of doing it and they get it! Syllables can be explained or covered in grammar, right? Mostly, don’t worry! Teach them what you see they need to know. Ask for guidance along the way. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Trust in your ability to teach them and their ability to learn!
And if you really want a list, the internet is full of such things.
If you need peace of mind that these things are being covered, the easiest way is to use a simple workbook. It could be just a short summer month of doing a page or two a day, and review it as you need to. I definitely wouldn’t worry about it because our kids will be using these skills when you go to the library, or looking up a name in the phone directory, or needing to find a definition in the dictionary. You can just help them whenever the need arises in real life. Having the practice workbooks is extra assurance though! 🙂
For the alphebitzing I have my children in charge of keeping the book shelves done. I know this seems silly, but it keeps out books in order by author’s last name and keeps them thinking. With this one I think it just comes with age also. Just my thoughts Misty
Maybe you could use the workbooks as a spine (your own reference)? That way you can be reminded of skills that might be useful as you are teaching.
R. Sampson has a book ” What Your Child Needs to Know When”. I find this resource to be very helpful. Usually I pull it out every 3-6 months to review. Occassionaly I find a skill that I need to make plans on teaching but usually I find that the majority of skills are well covered without the use of workbooks.
Good ideas, I’ll check the What Your Child Needs to Know.. book out from the library. I don’t want to spend money on workbooks, so I might check a list on the internet too:) Thanks
Personally, I think real life experience is often better than the workbooks. I have seen quite a few children who could alphabetize on a workbook page but could not find the “a” section in a dictionary.
Teaching Children by Diane Lopez is a nice guide as well. This is the third book in the Child Light Book trilogy, the first two being For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson.
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