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Friday, August 7, 2009

Rethinking my plan and Spell to Write and Read

As I look at my goal for next year, I must rethink my plan. What is my goal?

Holy Trinity Academy Goal #1:
We will become proficient writers.

Holy Trinity Academy Goal #2:
We will learn speed reading.

Holy Trinity Academy Goal #3:
We will practice without complaint.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? Not to this mommy! These are lofty goals for any homeschooling mom. Just number 1 alone scares the pants off me. Proficient does not mean okay or good. It means expert. How do we make kids good writers? Daily practice is required and I pray we can practice without complaint (see #3).

I will be attending a Spell to Write and Read conference in two weeks. In order to accomplish #1, we need to master handwriting and spelling. Once we've got that underway, we'll be working on grammar and writing.

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