Writing is definitely an area I am wanting to improve in our Homeschooling. Of all the subjects, it is probably the area I recognize as a weakness in Brendyn’s education. So, writing curriculums and finding the ‘right fit’ for him is something at the top of my ‘to do’ list as far as choosing Homeschool curriculum. Over the past couple weeks we have been able to review Write Shop. We reviewed the Junior Curriculum (Book D) which is for 3rd-5th grade.
This curriculum covers a Letter of Invitation, Humor, Adventure, Science Fiction, Mystery, Poetry/Haiku, Folktales, Historical Fiction, Personal Narrative, and Writing a Factual Article. This book helps the 8-11 year old identify and use proper grammar and punctuation, narrow a broad topic to a specific topic, brainstorm before writing, structure a sentence, write a paragraph, choose strong words instead of weak ones, use emotion words to develop voice, use the five senses to add descriptive detail, self-edit and revise their work.
I felt that this curriculum by its description was really going to give us what we needed in a writing curriculum. Just reading through the list I felt like this is exactly what we needed – choosing strong words, narrowing our topic, adding detail. In my experience, these are areas a lot of kids struggle with. In college, during my internships, I remember feeling that those kids needed work in these areas and it was a gap in even the Public School Curriculum I was seeing.
We were able to review the Teacher’s Guide, The Student Activity Pack and the optional Time-Saver Pack. The lessons in this book are so well-written. The activities are fun. The Teacher’s Guide includes step-by step teaching instructions, games for the children, daily lesson plans, writing samples and ways to evaluate their work. The Student Activity Pack is two-part and includes worksheets, and also the paperwork for the Child to make Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack folders which allows your children to make file folder reference material to come back to time and again. The Fold-N-Go packs are really what I loved the most about the student part of this curriculum. It was the ‘hook’. View Sample Lessons here. The (optional) Time Saver Pack is just what it sounds like. It is ready-made materials for the parent who may have five littler children running around (sound familiar?) and doesn’t have the energy to put into making high quality lesson aides. These are pre-made game cards, spinners, etc, although instructions to make them yourself are included in the Teacher’s Guide.
I also appreciated that the worksheets can be copied for future children usage, a huge bonus to me whose five littler children who will need writing curriculum in the future. In the short time we had this curriculum I realized it is what I have been looking for. We will definitely be using this curriculum in our Homeschool. And I am going to be looking towards buying the younger versions to get Tyler started early. If this is a product that will help out your child, purchase before June 12, 2012 and take 15% off any WriteShop Primary of Junior products using Coupon Code CREW15 at checkout. The Teacher’s Guide is regularly priced at $39.95. Student Activity Pack $39.95 and Time Saver Pack is $13.95.
We did receive this product for free in exchange for an honest review. Other homeschoolers reviewed this product and other WriteShop products and their review as well as mine is listed here.
We are so very blessed!