Handwriting and Spelling. Hmmmm. Anyone out there love teaching these subjects? I do like fun handwriting and doodling pretty letters, but having to sit with a child and patiently endure pages of handwriting practice isn't high on my list of favorite homeschool activities. -Affiliate links below.-
Admittedly, I wasn't really sure what I could add to the last post I did on the subject for the Marvelous Mondays series. It's a pretty thorough post and I haven't deviated too much from those resources. We have, however, added and/or changed a few things up.
Nothing has altered too dramatically for us with handwriting instruction but I want to encourage you that if you are struggling to afford curriculum this year, then handwriting is definitely a subject that needs no financial output. There are so many great free printable resources out there, including our own 10 Verses Copy Work for summer Circle Time.
I still feel strongly that spelling instruction built on memorizing lists of words is a waste of time. This year I decided to give All About Spelling a go, because I really like this company and its philosophy.
I also am looking at multi-sensory curriculum more and more as we are nearing school with our brain-injured Mighty Joe. He is going to need programs that allow him the freedom to learn the way his brain is equipped to learn, and we just don't know what that looks like yet.
All About Spelling has students touching and manipulating magnetic letters, thinking about the way words are structured, and automatically reviewing with each lesson. It has been particularly good for our spelling-challenged junior higher.
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