How to Avoid Drill & Kill in Teaching Language Arts

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Hey homeschoolers!

If your student doesn't enjoy some aspects of language arts, whether that is reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, or writing, there is a good chance you have succumbed to the age old approach of drill. Drilling means that we repeat the same exercises over and over in an effort to help our students master a subject. Unfortunately drilling is responsible for killing many students' enthusiasm for language arts. I will explain how we can help our kids learn language arts without dangerous drilling in the podcast.

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But first I would love to invite you to join my Grammar Galaxy email list. Every month I will send your student a calendar of fun and quick language arts exercises to complete. Your student will do short reading, short vocabulary exercises, will play fun grammar games, and will use some fun writing prompts. Much of the calendar is seasonal and is it is a great thing to add to your morning basket time.

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Teaching Language Arts Resources

Read the blog post
Mastery Teaching
Captain Underpants
Calvin & Hobbes
Help your child choose books
Grammar Galaxy Nebula
Cartoon vocabulary books
Vocabulary games
Spelling games
Grammar Galaxy Flashcards and Fun packs
Easy ways to improve your child's vocabulary
All About Spelling
Free grammar games
Language arts board games
Handwriting speed form
Funny seasonal writing prompts
Subscribe for monthly language arts calendars
Free samples of Grammar Galaxy

Thanks again to the Overcomer movie for sponsoring this podcast. Join me next week when we will discuss how homeschooling can be a fulfilling career.

Have a happy homeschool week!

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