Topic | Spelling & Grammar–Traditional or more CM approach & why?

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  • QuirkyMama

    I’m curious.  I have a first grader for my oldest of three, and I am trying to figure out a general path for language arts.  I’ve read some posts and see some follow a delayed and CM approach to spelling and grammar and others follow a more traditional path and start earlier.  Which path did you use and why?  I believe the CM way CAN work, but I am not sure I have the courage to follow it.  I know better than to play the “compare” game, but with other kids in first grade spelling much better than my son, I need either encouragement to follow the very different CM way or an opposite and real reason to consider the more traditional way (lists for spelling, grammar early) for second grade next year and on.  Thanks!



    I am the same place you are (my oldest is in 1st grade so far) but we do the CM way and it is working well. DS6 and DD5 do daily copywork. DS6 does oral narration. I also have him do weekly Bible journal and personal journal entries, and I can tell a lot of difference over the year at his handwriting and spelling too. It is working so far!

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