Hi Jenn,Jenn in NC wrote:We've been doing MFW recommendations for LA and I feel so... I want to say, so peaceful about the way LL and LL are teaching my kids. These books are without question the best approach to LA I have used with my kids. And a big plus is that my kids are loving it. So we're good there.
BUT -- I am getting a little concerned that oldest should be learning something a little more formal, for example, essay writing and reports and the like. (Read: cold feet.) My nephew is a grade lower than oldest and he is in PS. He is doing all-out reports, perfect five paragraph essays.
Anyway, all you wise women, do I need to add something for formal writing? We are doing WS too. So far lots of solid teaching on creative writing, and that is good. But my ds wouldn't have the first clue how to write a report. I have a very BJUP background (this probably accounts for my misgivings), so I know how to do it myself, but no idea how/when to teach it. Any thoughts?
Is your oldest in the 5th grade section of LL? That section begins to cover outlining your writing. I think spending a lot of time on that in 5th & 6th grade is a good foundation for future writing. Kids younger than that seem to look at writing as just random thoughts on a page :o)
MFW also assigns a state report at the end of EX1850, and country reports for students doing ECC in 7th or 8th grade. They provide easy little books for guidance.
I personally think of our notebooking as "report writing," and am just starting to expect my 6th grader to "plan" it out a little, per his recent LL lessons on listing the topics he plans to cover. For ancient China yesterday, we listed all the topics we had learned about and then I helped him group them (inventions, dynasties & emperors, etc.), so today he can write a few semi-organized paragraphs. I am comfortable that this is going to produce a solid foundation.