We frustrate our students when we demand they make leaps in their skills without the proper growth and training. Even though the next chapter says, “Diagram these sentences,” or “Write this essay,” the student may not have reached that stage of development yet.
These two aspects go hand in hand: growth and training. Development in writing (as in any subject, actually) breaks down when one of those is missing.
For your middle school student, your goals are even broader than they were in elementary — you want to be sure your student has strong foundations in each subject, but you also want to make sure that your student is becoming increasingly independent in his studying and building the stamina he needs for high school.
If you are like me (and maybe you’re glad that you aren’t), it may take you some time to get into the swing of middle school. As in a couple years may go by before you really start to relax and enjoy it.
So then, if you aren’t careful, high school could still sneak up on you.
During middle school, you are helping your student become more adept at studying, more independent in his learning, and more serious about his subjects. And we’re remembering that is a gradual process, that he won’t become Super Student all at once. But with all that, we can still remain true to our own homeschool philosophy and keeping learning within our own teaching style.
Now our students are showing a clear preference for one or two learning styles. That’s good, because more likely than not, one or two of his subjects is feeling a little more difficult, too. It is time to start teaching to his strengths and helping him use his own favorite learning style to its fullest advantage.