Thursday, April 7, 2011

Literature based curriculum users ...I want to hear from you !

What does it look like with more than one child esp if they are several grades apart?

Sonlight or TOG ? or something completely different?

How do you teach a kid to write well if you are not a skilled writer? ( seen my blog? yup uh huh that would be me :D )

 Why do you like this style of curriculum?

What advice would you give to make getting started easier?

Be honest :) is there anything you find difficult or don't like?

What do you grade if you need to provide a grade report or proof of work ?

1 comment:

  1. With more than one child, I read to the littles and the big kids read on their own. I've blogged about this in a post called Our Homeschool Day in Pictures.
    I personally don't use Sonlight or TOG. I have used Ambleside Online for the early years (it gets too hard past Year 3), last year I used the Veritas Press catalog as a booklist (getting most of the books from the library), and this year I'm going with Beautiful Feet books. An easy one to use is My Father's World. It's also a solid curriculum.
    You teach a kid to write well by first making him very well versed in good literature. Reading good books forms the foundation for good writing. But then you get a good writing curriculum; which I have no experience with yet, so you'd just have to read reviews.
    I like literature-based education because it's relaxed, but produces smart and well-spoken students. Good literature teaches grammar, vocabulary, spelling, writing, and most importantly a love of learning. That's the biggest thing for me-- textbooks kill love of learning in my opinion. Boring, boring, boring.
    To make it easier to get started, I'd start with a user-friendly curriculum. I can't be convinced that TOG is one. ;)
    My Father's World, Beautiful Feet Books (which is also cheap!), or Sonlight.
    I don't grade anything; instead I have the child do the work over until it deserves an A. To grade narrations, I would type up what the kid says, or have them dictate to me. Then you have proof of work.
    There's nothing difficult about this type of education, unless thinking outside the box is hard for you. ;)
    Oh, one priceless bit of advice: listening to audio books is the same thing as reading it as far as what you gain. They are not less valuable or less worthy.