Adventures in Story Writing with WriteShop Junior
Spring in the desert has been such a lovely time for homeschooling.
Our family has been loving so much great outdoor learning moments and we have discovered so much about our new area and climate in which we now live.
This has given my boys plenty of food for thought and a lot of new material for them to draw upon when working on writing projects.
Recently, I was given the chance to review the WriteShop Junior Book E writing curriculum with my son Gabriel.
He loves to tell stories and will recount many different adventures and episodes of books, movies and games, but is not always as confident putting his own stories down on paper.
The writing process can be very intimidating to young writers, especially boys who might also be reluctant readers to boot.
We found that by going through the process in a systematic, fun and engaging way, we were able to enjoy the lessons and learning about writing together with the fabulous materials in WriteShop Junior!
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The WriteShop Writing Curriculum is an incredibly detailed and very comprehensive writing curriculum set up for you as the Parent/Teacher to open and go with the program.
The materials are very high quality, bright and appealing to those who value aesthetically pleasing resources.
With minimal teacher preparation, WriteShop includes everything you need to teach your child to write.
Pre-writing games for Lesson 1 included putting a fable together in the correct order to learn about the elements of a story.
WriteShop Junior Book E
The WriteShop Junior Book E was the perfect fit for my 6th grade boy.
He has not had extensive writing experience up to this point in his home education journey as he has been working hard towards becoming a better all around strong reader, so we have placed our focus in that direction up until now.
WriteShop Junior is geared towards encouraging and inspiring confidence in your young writers with games and hands-on projects.
The Basic Outline for Teaching WriteShop Junior includes:
- Fold-N-Go grammar
- Pre-writing activities (games!)
- Model and teach
- Skill builders
- Editing and revising
- Publishing the work
Scheduling Short Lessons
We found that by doing a little bit of the lessons each day we enjoyed the process best.
Our natural tendencies towards learning with the Charlotte Mason method show us the benefit of short lessons especially with respect to the writing process.
It is crucial for children that may have short attention spans and need to break things up a bit when learning and practicing new skills.
This is an essential element to the WriteShop Junior Program.
Here is Gabriel working through the Fold-n-Go Grammar booklet for Lesson 1.
Fold-n-Go Grammar Booklets
These handy booklets that are quickly put together by the parent (or child) in a file folder complement each lesson while reviewing and beefing up your child’s grammar skills.
Gabriel loves that these are all in special folders for him to work through 😉 Win!
I love how the lessons are all comprehensively built upon each other. Double Win!
The Many Features and Benefits of the WriteShop Junior Program:
- Learn to write: Fiction, nonfiction, short reports and poetry
- Discover the different writing genres: such as adventure, science fiction, mystery, personal narrative and fables
- Each lesson is creative and varied
- Kids enjoy multi-sensory activities that are appealing to different learners
- Incremental lessons build on earlier skills
- Learn: 5-paragraph writing (introduced toward the end of Book E)
- Self-editing skills built on the positive
- Learn: Creative publishing ideas
- Teach with: Fold-N-Go Grammar booklets to reinforce key skills
- Schedule lessons to fit your life and student’s learning style
- Awesome Parent tips to help struggling writers
- Parents Learn: to use suggested teaching scripts to help model writing
- Take advantage of adjustable lessons for each child’s level of ability
- Parents Learn: Effective strategies for teaching students with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia
Here is a great page of links and resources to assist you in teaching the WriteShop Junior Book E to your children.
In addition to the excellent Teacher’s Guide, Activity Pack (w/Fold-n-Go Grammar) and Time-Saver Pack there is a downloadable Junior Writer’s Notebook that is a lovely complement to the lessons.
The Junior Writer’s Notebook has reproducible pages for helping kids develop characters, setting, plot, and more. It’s not a program at all, but a tool children can use any time they write.