Teaching Strategies for Writing, Grammar, & Spelling


Regardless of a child's plan for adulthood, the skills of writing, grammar, and spelling will be essential. Along with reading and basic math, these should be the focuses of your homeschool. While these three skills can seem overwhelming, there are teaching strategies that can help you. The beauty of getting to teach these things to our children is that we can find the best way for them to learn, and who knows–we just may learn something along the way as well!

Different children have different learning styles, and they will learn best if we teach them in a way they can understand. In "Teaching Writing, Grammar, & Spelling to Different Learning Styles," you will see a breakdown of teaching strategies specific for each learning style. This allows you to tailor your instruction to your own children. No matter the learning style, everyone loves learning games! "Spelluride Games" will explain to you a variety of different verbal games you can play as a family to practice spelling. See how one homeschooling mother incorporates language arts in a way that works for her family in "Language Arts That Works for Our Family." Take heart! These are not impossible skills to learn! The right teaching strategies go a long way!

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Each child is unique in their preferred learning style(s) and the way they learn best: visual, auditory, verbal, physical (or hands-on), logical, social, and solitary. Some children may have more than one way in which they learn best, and one way of learning may be better for one or two subjects while other learning styles might be more suited for other subjects.

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You may not have been to Telluride in Colorado, named for the gold telluride mineral found in the region, but you can mine for the golden treasure of knowing how to spell. Even better than gold, knowing how to spell lets the student concentrate on forming ideas on paper. Spelling should be effortless and become second nature while writing.

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When we started homeschooling, it was not math that I was scared of teaching. I figured teaching arithmetic to a child (at least in the early years) would be as easy as 1-2-3. We will figure out trigonometry and calculus in the future. I was actually worried about teaching writing, which was weird because I honestly can't remember how I learned to write. But I do remember joining the essay writing contest at our school when I was in fourth grade. It was not a long and fancy essay; it was just a two-paragraph piece on what grace means to me.

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