One part of Language Arts is teaching writing skills. Writing Curriculum can be broken down into a number of skill sets such as Handwriting and Composition, Spelling and Vocabulary and Formal Grammar.
When we teach writing, or when we practice writing, these writing skills work together. I mean, when a little one begins to write, they focus on holding a pencil, tracing letters and forming words. When they write a simple sentence, they formulate it in a grammatical way without thinking what a noun or verb is. However, they are employing grammar. They search for the best words to use - that's experimenting with vocabulary and view the shapes and structure within words - taking a mental copy of a word in their brain assists in spelling.
So, to create a homeschool writing curriculum, it is important to clearly think of how we develop and teach writing skills - and more importantly, what the writing skills actually are. That's what I've listed below. It's not exhaustive, but it is a list. Enjoy and use as you wish.
Here's a printed copy of the Language Arts Skills and Strategies Chart. This gives you ideas on what language arts skills to develop as well as strategies you could use to develop them.
What do we want to develop in these areas in our homeschool writing curriculum? These writing skills can be incorporated into Individual Learning Programs. Find out more about Individual Learning Programs here.
Does your child love to write? Encourage them to add a story, game review, a day in their homeschool life... to the Homeschool Writing Gallery - Don't tell them ,but this is also a great place to practice their writing skills.