I’m going to share something that would shock and dismay most homeschoolers. I don’t have a grammar curriculum. Or a writing curriculum. I don’t make my kids copy-write things at predictable times of the day or week. I don’t force them to suffer through grammar worksheets.
Reading, writing, and grammar, are best learned in a casual environment.
My Six Year Old knows a great deal about punctuation, just from me pointing it out to him while I read. He knows what quotation marks are and what they mean. He knows about capitalizing the first letter of a sentence, and about periods, and about exclamation marks, etc. Even though I’ve never put a worksheet in front of him. I’d rather my children’s learning have a more natural flow to it. I want them to associate learning with living, and for them to have a passion for both. And I’ve never found structured grammar curriculums to offer…either.
So what exactly do we do? Well, that’s a fair question.
This morning we picked up one of our library books. Curious George learns the alphabet. We got as far as page B. We decided we all really like the letter B. And the man in the yellow hat made it turn into a bird.
So that was cool.
So we decided to write B stuff. I had some ole, classic, free, internet “B” pages printed off and stuffed in a folder somewhere already. So I gave those to Four Year Old and Two Year Old and let them trace or scribble them to their hearts content.
Six Year Old was inspired by a Dollar Tree Puzzle. So he decided to write something about Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
Then I decided I really liked that B bird.
And Four Year Old decided he did, too.
And Six Year Old decided he did, too.
And Two Year Old decided he had a robot arm.
And Dog decided he wasn’t getting enough attention.
And Husband decided our birds were lame.
How’s THAT for an English lesson?
I absolutely adore home learning.