For my 6th grader, I am working very hard with her this year on her writing and grammar skills. She is getting frequent writing assignments, almost daily, this year. So far, they have been fairly short and without too much difficulty. Since, I want her to learn research too, I will starting a new endeavor for her. I will give her a letter, in order, from A-Z per week. She can pick a topic that starts with that letter, that interests her. She will have one school week, to research, do a rough draft, edit, and then publish to her blog. I will only be giving her basic help, and tips esp in the editing dept. All three of us are using a free app called Notebooks, on our devices, to save on paper to take notes, write, and edit our information. This is a nice way for them to learn to take notes, and use their devices effectively. Plus, it never seems I can find a pen in this house, lol.
So, that is what we have been up to. We have family coming to visit from out of state, next week, so we won't be getting a lot of school work done. DJ will have to keep up with his FLVS, but neither of those are horribly time consuming.