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Writing for Reluctant Writers: WriteShop Primary

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One of the most overwhelming things about homeschooling for me is all the different curriculum choices. This, of course, is also one of the pluses of homeschooling. By having so many choices, you truly can find the curriculum that meets your child where they and cultivate a love for learning.

I thought I was doing everything right.

We went to teacher supply store and I bought fun paper to practice writing on. We filled buckets with colored pencils, markers, regular pencils. I hung up an alphabet chart. I set up a “writing station” so they could write letters and practice writing.

I loved it!

My child did not.

It was around that time when I was introduced to WriteShop.

WriteShop Primary writing curriculum is centered around parent involvement. In the introduction of the teachers manual it states, “To effectively develop basic writing skills, your child needs YOU – along with your example, encouragement, and daily guidance.”

The teachers manual is great because it helps you create a schedule that works for your family. The Primary is broken down into 3 books – A, B, and C. When you start using this homeschool writing program depends on how quickly you will need to progress through the curriculum. Because we are starting in Kindergarten, we will can cover the 3 books in 3 years. If we started in 2nd Grade, we would cover 3 books in 1 year.

For this mom of littles with only one in school, I needed the help planning. If something crazy happens on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday when we are supposed to be writing, we can make it up on Thursday or Friday, our “off” days. It’s great!

They also outline teaching writing to children at different levels. While this doesn’t pertain to us now, it will when our oldest son starts Kindergarten and our oldest is in Book C.

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I’ll admit, this curriculum has been hard for me. It’s hard for me to sit down with her to work on Guided Writing Practice. With three other littles, someone always needs something. As soon as they see me sit down, someone needs a sippy cup, a diaper change, or a toy fixed. It never fails.

But I tend to make things harder than they should be. The Guided Writing Practice is only supposed to be a max of 5-10 minutes. That’s it. Not the 15-20 minutes that I sometimes would make it.

With each Book is an Activity Set Worksheet Pack. For Book A, the pack contains 20 activity pages that tie into the activities presented in the teachers manual and reinforce the skills being taught. There are also evaluation charts to help track the progress your child is making so you can better understand what the strengths and weaknesses of your child.

If you have a reluctant writer and aren’t sure what to do, I highly suggest trying WriteShop for their homeschool creative writing curriculum. There is so much flexibility with their writing program, it is sure to fit any schedule.


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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Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I've been considering WriteShop for my children for next year. I'm excited to try it out and would love to win it!


Saturday 14th of March 2015

Would love to try Level A with my going-to-be-1st grader!


Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I would absolutely love to try this one!! My son is amazing with math and science, but struggles with writing.

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

My daughter loved it! It did take me a little bit to prepare and get things organized, but it's worth it.


Monday 9th of March 2015