Students should have many opportunities to write and rewrite a piece. (Wondrous Words chapter 14, and the Write Genre chapter 2). Students should have a folder (3-ringed) where they keep their published work and their drafts. That is, on top of their writer's notebook.
I also need to remember these things for next year. 1st week: -Rule-making and discussion - which of them is fair? Policy on talking out of turn -rubrics (expression 80%; grammar 20%) -program outline -list what you want to write about -mistakes talk -attitudes towards classmates -question everything, always. Ask "How do you know that?"
Practices: -writing journal to go home -writing practice once every two weeks -cubbies for each student (with bathroom stick, pencil bag included) -posters of every concept taught -we think you're just Ducky -teacher's mailbox -material in ziplock bags -progress record journal -read a book through the year. Discuss it once ever two weeks.
Prizes for: -being considerate to others -working well in group
To buy: -trays for homework -trays for new material -cubbies for students -magnetic letters -mail box
-be homeschooled till 4th grade? -learn to read in Portuguese first -learn to write in cursive first -learn to control their finances -learn what credit cards are -learn to tithe by doing special chores -learn about sex as soon as they can read -learn theology/theologians - middle school age
-learn political philosophy - middle school age -learn the doctrines with the Shorter Catechism -learn to figure out meaning of the words by knowing latin roots -Be bilingual from birth