Why is it that language arts seems to be the most difficult subject to plan? One reason is that it encompasses so many related topics: phonics, reading, handwriting, listening skills, spelling, grammar, writing, poetry, literature, vocabulary, speech—it can seem overwhelming!
At the basic level, language arts is all about communication: taking in information and being able to communicate with others. If you think about it, you’ve actually been working on these skills with your child since babyhood. You’ve been teaching him how to speak and how to listen, as well as vocabulary, grammar, and syntax—even before he started school! You may not have realized it, but you’ve been busy.