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Effective communication skills are some of the most important things students will learn, and will help them be successful in life after high school. Reading well is essential to learning and taking in information; and writing well makes it easier to communicate with others. It's obvious that our children will have to learn to read and to write, but once we're beyond those basics, there's so much to cover that it may seem overwhelming.
Is it really necessary to study reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and literature as separate subjects? In our experience, the answer has usually been "no" and being able to combine the different aspects of Language Arts has kept the entire subject more manageable.
Find out how we changed the focus and studied Language Arts disciplines in combinations to cover the subject for my students from elementary grades through to high school. It's all at The Homeschool Post, along with many other helpful articles about teaching Language Arts and homeschooling in general.
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