*This is a conversation on behalf of WriteShop. Opinions are 100% my own.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.
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