My son and I have really been doing much better this week with our homeschooling. I am so thankful that I have (re)discovered this board!!
I am changing some things, and one of the subjects that hasn't been working for us is language arts. He's a good reader, but is often hesitant to start reading for some reason. One thing I have discovered this week is that he still LOVES to be read to, and that, when I start reading to him, he also really likes to take over and read to me instead. We made it through Oliver Twist this week (an abridged version of course, the Early Classics for young readers version, but still), and he's really enjoyed our reading sessions together. We probably each read about half of the book to each other. I'm actually enjoying this time together too. After discussing the book together for a couple of days (not just about what happened, but making links to character building as well), we just started The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from the same series for young readers today.
He seems to thrive on this, but here's the catch, I have no real curriculum for language arts for him right now. I bought "Learning Language Arts through Literature", the orange book, and while he loved reading The Boxcar Children, he absolutely hated the workbook work! It's just way too easy for him, and he kept calling it stupid. After he finished that section, and after that fiasco of almost getting him into Connections Academy, I just gave up on that book!
Last year we did Voyages in English for 3rd grade, which he actually seemed to like ok. We never quite finished the last chapter - diagramming sentences, mostly because it was too hard for my daughter, so he's working on that now, and is nearly done with that chapter (in 1 week). He also did 2nd grade of Voyages in English, but flew through it, skipping a lot, because it was very easy for him. The 3rd grade book seems quite advanced to me, but he seemed to like it ok, better than any other language arts so far. I've tried several with him, and he hated every single one of them; just seemed to be very bored with them.
The one thing that I don't like about this program is that it doesn't teach much in the way of spelling. But he is a pretty good speller overall. So far I've just added some worksheets (mostly wrote/typed them out myself), and he seems to do fine so far that way.
Is there a curriculum out there, similar to Voyages in English, that has spelling included? Or should I just get him 4th grade of that one and stick with what he has liked ok, or at the very least, has not hated? Don't worry if it's advanced; he doesn't seem to fight anything that's hard, just things that are "boring", i.e. too easy.
I'm starting to figure this kid out. He gets things really easily, and hates repetition, so I let him only do a few exercises out of each chapter/page for a lot of things now, and he's liking that a lot more! If he ends up forgetting something, we can always go back and do another few exercises of what he forgot.
Voyages in English is really the only one he's ever been willing to stick with. I've tried a few others, mostly more public school type curricula, and he never made it past the first 1/4 or so of those. We did quite a bit Handwriting Without Tears, and he finished Hooked on Phonics, but not much other than that, besides the Voyages. He writes very well in cursive, and obviously reads at least at a 4th grade level.