A Writing Curriculum for a Hands On Learner

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My seven year old son is what my husband and I like to call a mover and a shaker. It is a rare moment during his waking hours that he is not wiggling, dancing, jumping, spinning, fighting invisible villains bent on destroying mankind, or just noise making in general. Homeschooling him often takes some creativity.

We have been happy with a writing curriculum for my oldest daughter for three years now, but I’ve known that it would likely not work with my son. In order for concepts to really sink in best with him, he needs to get his hands dirty, so to speak. Last year when I attended a homeschool conference and perused the book fair, I got the opportunity to look over Write Shop, a homeschool creative writing curriculum.

A Writing Curriculum for the Hands On Learner

While chatting with the representative, she showed me a binder with examples of work from their program and discussed with me how Write Shop Primary is fantastic for children like my son. It is more than worksheets or busy work. It uses picture books, stories, and hands on activities for teaching writing. This program allows for lessons to be taught orally for children who are resistant or unable to write on their own. It teaches by showing children how to brainstorm and formulate topic ideas through fun and creative processes. The seemed to be the perfect writing curriculum for a hands on learner.

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The teacher’s guide provides sample schedules that spread each whole lesson into your choice of three, two, or one week increments. Every lesson is broken down into sections, each with its own purpose. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Guided Writing Practice
  • Pre-writing Activities
  • Brainstorming
  • The Writing Project
  • Activity Set Worksheet
  • Publishing the Project
  • Extra, optional follow up

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While the teacher’s guide isn’t fully scripted, it does have great teaching prompts to get you off on the right foot. I loved that there was only one worksheet to do per lesson. They were thorough in reviewing the lesson concepts, but not overwhelming for little guy’s like mine who have attention spans that are not long. The worksheet pack also comes with a handy evaluation chart to help you gauge your child’s progress and the areas in which they still need some guidance.

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My son’s favorite part about using Write Shop is being able to “publish” his own work. At the end of every lesson, there is an activity that brings the themed writing that they’ve been working on to life. It gives them a tangible object to use to show other family members and friends how hard they’ve been working on their writing.

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We have displayed all of the published works that my son has made thus far throughout our house and he takes pride when someone notices them or asks about them. It’s building confidence in him about his own writing capabilities. It’s also bringing some fun to his lessons, which in turn raises his interest in the subject. This is a win-win outcome for both parent and child!

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I am incredibly grateful to not only have come across this great homeschool writing curriculum at the conference, but to also have been given the opportunity to utilize it in my home. We will happily continue using Write Shop in our homeschool for our wiggly boy.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to look it over, I recommend taking some time to visit their site and taking a deeper look.

Are you on Instagram? Show off your creativity with a photo writing prompt. Use nature, toys,kids, whatever. Or, make a collage like a comic book. Follow WriteShop on Instagram and then share your image with the hashtag #writeshopwriting. Be sure to tag @WriteShop in your photo.Their team will be choosing from your photo writing prompts to share in their social media!


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  1. Kathleen P. says:

    I would love to have the Jr. High/High School level.

  2. Jennifer DelaCruz says:

    Would love the Jr edition.

  3. Dusty, what do you think of this alongside AAS? Mad Natter uses All About Spelling, and we do a lot of work with handwriting, as his fine motor skills don’t match what he wants to say. How would this fit into that sort of mix? And, considering his recent diagnosis of ADHD, would this work as well as I think it would?

    The more nitty-gritty of the questions are things like “the program appears to be secular. Is this, in fact, the case?” as well as “How long does any given lesson take?” and “Could this be reasonably combined with something like MCT’s English Language Arts programming?”

    What do you think?

    • And, now that I see the direction in the rafflecopter, I’d like to add that should we come up winners, I’d want to start with Primary (specifically Primary A)!

    • I think it works well with AAS. We are using that as well. I do Write Shop primarily orally with Aron. Write Shop focuses more on how to learn how to write creatively rather than on the actual mechanics of penmanship, so there isn’t a ton of crossover in that way. Yes, it is a secular program. I do think it’d work well with a child with ADHD. The lessons are short and sweet and with the three suggested schedules, you could easily break it down into even shorter increments if necessary.

      It usually takes us about 10-15 minutes for a lesson. Sometimes longer when he’s working on one of the projects and is coloring, etc. I’m not familiar with MCT, so I can’t comment on that one. 🙂

  4. WriteShop Primary Book A!

  5. I just came across WriteShop this year while trying to find a new writing curriculum! If I won, I would love to get the Primary Book A.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Would love to start with Primary A for my hyper always on-the-move oldest son!

  7. I would like Primary level. Currently have AAS 1 and Explode the Code 1

  8. I would love to win the primary level:)

  9. Stefanie says:

    I would love to try Primary A and B!

  10. Michelle K says:

    I would love the Primary level!

  11. I have children who could use all 3 levels. But I would love to try the junior level with 3 of my children. My older son has ADHD and fine motor issues so he is very reluctant to write. He is a very bright child and I hate to see him not want to write. I Think working on the junior level with his brothers would give him the confidence boost he needs to excel. All of my children are hands on learners which can get expensive. We are a 1 income family because I am disabled and homeschool and my spouse was out of work for 2 years while fighting a late stage cancer and going through 4 surgeries, chemo and radiation. It would be amazing to win this.

  12. primary A and B!

  13. I’d get C. We’ve used B already. 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  14. I would love to win the Jr. High addition, having a child with cognitive delays this would be a huge blessing.

  15. sabrina Reinhart says:

    I would love to win Level D or E to use for my boys! Thanks!
    Sabrina Reinhart

  16. I’d love to win the Level B. My son is 7, and I’ve tried everything to get him to write. He loves telling stories, but I’d love for him to write them down.

  17. I would like the primary level 🙂

  18. Kelsey Jast says:

    I would want the primary level!

  19. primarY

  20. sarah gutierrez says:

    How exciting!

  21. I would need the Jr. high/high school level.

  22. Jennie V says:

    I would love the WriteShop Junior.

  23. Brandi Bradley says:

    I would love the WriteShop Junior edition!

  24. I would love to have the jr high or high school level.

  25. I would love the primary edition.

  26. Kristen says:

    I would love the Primary Book A

  27. Wow! Sounds perfect for my struggling writer…would live junior set.

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