Language Arts
  1. Opening prayer.
  2. Scholar stands forth to read one chapter at the podium and asks questions if there are any passages that she does not understand.
  3. Scholar turns to the blackboard and stands forth to spell. The teacher gives words from the chapter for the scholar to spell on the board.
  4. Scholar takes a seat. If the scholar misspelled any of the words, he writes them down on a misspelled word list.
  5. The teacher dictates approximately 14 verses to the scholar who takes dictation. One day the writing is in cursive, the next day in print (manuscript).
  6. The scholar edits his work.
  7. The teacher grades the work:
    --each misspelling is minus five (-5) points
    --there are two permissible penmanship errors, each error after that is minus one point (-1) points.

Notes:

  • We are systematically going through the entire book of Psalms. In 1.5 school years we found ourselves around Psalm 110. Penmanship, Spelling, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, etc. are included in addition to special teachings.
  • Misspelled words list can be used to test spelling.
  • Grammar is taught at various seasons with particular attention to the eight parts of speech.
  • Intelligent diagnostics set to state standards are helpful.
  • We have found that Spanish language study has been helpful in the area of grammar and language arts.
  • For dictation, we have used a spiral notebook.
  • With looseleaf papers, we use a simple binding method with three hole punched paper.