*For Katrina* who works hard to best serve her family and whom I hope can find rest and peace in PR.
Today, DyD, grade 5 and I spent 50min. total together time for language arts. Since she's old enough to stand that much time consecutively, that is what we did. We started with Designing Codes, the word study + vocabulary + spelling + part of speech identification (grammar) 5th day of each scheduled week.
We start with a 5-min. drill of pre/suffixes and roots previously learned. Then, we take each word, one at a time by DyD building them with her cards. As she builds the word, we agree on a literal definition. For example, advent ad+vent (written in syllables on the DC) = come to. She identifies the part of speech easily and writes it down. We move on through the list of 6 words. Diva will go back and write down the best definition from the dictionary as her independent work for this subject.
Then we went to the other portion of word study, focusing on suffixes. 2 new suffixes were taught today, both of English origin. You discuss how the suffix forms a new part of speech and then what the suffix means. For example, -ship is added to a noun, forms a noun meaning "the condition of...;" so friend + ship = friendship, the condition of being friends. Via dictation, we added the rest of the Designing Code (the first half of the page was completed on a previous week.
This half of PR3 incorporates grammar into the literature study; however today, the lesson is a continuance of re-modeling. This process covers grammar, spelling, dictionary/thesaurus use, descriptive writing and paragraph writing. Yesterday, DyD picked out key words and wrote sentences using these words, as applicable to the story. Today's assignment had me write her sentences on the board, then together, we used a syllabus to replace the key words and encouraging descriptive sentences.
She went back and completed her independent work in an additional 12 minutes (I was timing). That means DyD spent 1hour and 2 minutes covering all language arts categories, including word study (Latin roots to some).
When The Elders were here age, we used Rod & Staff Grammar, several spelling programs (different ones for each dc), Writing Aids, and literature via unit studies w/ or w/o TOG (history). Just doing RS took us 45 minutes total time (teaching and working). This is why I Know we save time using PR. There is no way we finished the rest of our studies in 17 minutes. No way.