This is part two in a two-part post. For part one read here first.
Many parents use the Power of an Hour as their full curriculum and as a springboard to further learning. We suggest you start simple and build the habit, before expanding. For those desiring further writing experiences, we suggest a four-year plan that builds Living Writing skills. Writing is a tool of communication.
Power of an Hour Year One – Ancient Times
While studying Ancient Times is a great time to begin the journal, list-making, the thank you note habits, as well as, learning letter writing. We have ancient records, because individuals wrote lists, kept journals, and sent letters. List-making is a valuable tool and this is included in the Aspiring Scholar Portfolio. List-making is the foundation of note-taking. This tool (list-making) can also be used by the child to make grocery lists, lists of what to take on nature studies, a field trip, and so forth. Creating Victory Lists, are also important.
Journaling is another natural place to develop writing skills. The youngest children can tell an adult what they want to say, the adult writes or types it up on a separate paper and if the child can write, they copy it into their journal. I use this with our children’s Sunday school classes for children ages 3-12.
While studying Ancient Times is a great time to learn correspondence, such as writing thank-you notes and letters. When was the last time a Sunday School teacher received a thank you note from your child? When was the last time your children wrote their grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins? We handle teaching correspondence the same way we do journaling.
Power of an Hour Year Two – Medieval Times, from the birth of Christianity to through Medieval Times to the Renaissance
During Medieval Times illuminated manuscripts were popular. While studying this time period is a great time to write an autobiography. Start with a simple one-page autobiography and then once a week, add a memory. This can also be scrapbook style.
Power of an Hour Year Three The Age of Discovery through the Foundations of Liberty
This is a great time to research your genealogy. The study of one’s progenitors helps children see how his family is part of history. He also is part of history. Genealogy can be very interesting and can develop research skills and composition while learning history, geography skills, and developing writing skills.
Power of an Hour Year Four – Modern Times
This is a great time to develop computer skills further through creating a family blog and learn how to polish composition, word processing, and computer graphic skills. Blogs can be public or private. Children can share what they are learning and about field trips they are taking. This year is a fun time to visit a newspaper or book/ magazine publisher for a tour and learning about what editors do.
These are natural ways of developing the language arts skills of writing. As you can see, these different ways of developing writing go well with the Power of an Hour.