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I have two boys so I know that teaching writing can be very challenging to boys (or girls) who may bulk at the idea of writing. It does take a lot of fine motor practice for your child to work on their penmanship. However, it does take even more brain power to focus on what to actually write at the same time.
One homeschool writing curriculum that I found to be very thorough in teaching the very beginning steps of writing is Writeshop Primary Book A. The book A set includes a Teacher’s guide and a student activity guide. They are complementary to each other and you can’t do the program without either one.
The beginning of the teacher’s guide gives you everything you need to get started and tips for putting together your writing center and all the necessary materials that you need. If you follow their schedule of teaching writing 3 times per week then you can finish the book in 30 weeks.
The writing curriculum does a great job of introducing the concept of brainstorming a topic and teaching you how to go about teaching your child. The lesson plans include a teacher/student script. I never follow those but use it as a guide so that I know what to cover. It doesn’t seem very natural to teach my son a new lesson while staring at the book.
The activity sheets have a lot of space for my son to write since he’s still learning. I always appreciate that since he doesn’t have to worry about squeezing his letters in. The lessons don’t take long at all and are broken down into manageable chunks for a child at this grade level.
There are 8 activities for each lesson with 10 lessons using different topics such as all about me, animals, bugs, rhymes and bugs. Perfect for my son. Some lessons require more prep time and require you to gather materials like magazine clippings and such to keep as writing prompts or ideas. The writing program also teaches the child to edit their work. It’s one thing to write down a sentence but the child learns to evaluate their own writing so that they can improve upon what they’ve already written.
How to get your child to love writing
1. Writing doesn’t always have to involve writing
I know it can seem like a huge feat to write a sentence down on paper but if my son is having a hard time thinking up a sentence to write I let him dictate the sentence to me and I write it down for him.
2. Writing doesn’t have to take place on paper
You don’t need to write on paper. For some reason writing seems to be more fun when done on our white board, or you could use a chalk board, trace your fingers through sand, rice or finger paints. Use pretty colors, let then decorate their words. My oldest is a big doodle and he would do this all over his math pages.
3. Writing doesn’t have to be exactly from the book
You don’t have to do everything by the book. The first writing lesson was about animals which is great because my son loves animals. However, if he didn’t, I could have changed it to dinosaurs or bugs so that it would have been a topic that he was engaged in and then he wouldn’t want to stop writing about it. Use the ideas in the curriculum to adapt them to your child.
The write shop primary book a set can be purchased for $29 and is geared towards students in the first grade.
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!