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We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
- Can write legibly
- Is interested in effects created by different arrangements of words
- Chooses to write when presented with a range of options for self-expression
- Wants to share writing with others
- Uses conventions of language to their ability
- Experiments with forms
- Varies the purpose of writing
- Describes detail with sensory language
- Organises and unifies ideas in logical sequence
- Consults a dictionary frequently
- Proof reads own writing
- Is prepared to polish written words for publication
- Writes appropriately for specific audience
- Looks at writing with interest and listens to stories
- Recounts own experience
- Plays with words
- Communicates through art
- Pretends to writes something - scribbling in word patterns
- Beginning to write about experience as well as talk about them
- Dictate for scribing
- “Reading” own writing and own stories
- Observing that speech can be translated into print
- Tracing over and or copying writing
- Writing own name
- Writing words, phrases and complete ideas in sentences
- Enjoys writing
This checklist is taken from Chapter 9 Checklists in Getting Started with Hoemschooling Practical Considerations by Beverley Paine.
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