Do you see any problem with completing the grammar portion of Using Language Well separately from the dictation? It is taking us about a week to work through the dictation selections in Vol. 1 because of their length and number of words my 11yo son needs to practice spelling. I’m thinking about treating the grammar lesson separately so we can complete one of those lessons a day while still taking our time with dictation.
Thank you!Sonya ShaferModerator
I’m glad you’re taking the lessons at your son’s pace. That’s more important than finishing the book on a particular schedule. I think he will get the most benefit by keeping the English lessons with the passages he is studying. If the passages are getting so long they are becoming cumbersome, feel free to assign only a portion, or you could encourage him to study the whole thing but then select only a portion to dictate to him.
Thank you for taking the time to respond! Do I understand you to say that one option is to only assign a portion of the passage (if it is too long, or too many spelling words to study), and not have him dictate it fully before moving on to the next lesson?
With the most recent lesson, he did the English lesson, then I assigned one sentence per day until we finished the passage (about 3-4 days), because there were about 13 words he didn’t know how to spell and it would have been too much at once. Is this a good approach, or might I change based on what I think you suggested?
Thank you again!Sonya ShaferModerator
You’re doing the right thing in trying not to overwhelm with too many unknown words at once. Great job! I think what you described is great, or you could try it the way I described if you want to, or alternate using both ideas for variety.
Thank you so very much. I really appreciate and respect your advice!
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