Words change the world, and even as technology conquers our lives, words undoubtedly will continue to shape history. As a blogger and writer, words, and proper grammar, are especially important to me. Unfortunately, today, thoughts are conveyed with lol, feelings are conveyed with emojis, and letter writing and cursive are almost absent. Fortunately, WriteShop brings back these “old-fashioned” but very valuable skills – in a kid-friendly, but non-childish way.
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WriteShop is a quality writing curriculum for elementary students from elementary school to high school. The first reason I knew this would be a quality, child-focused writing curriculum is their Choosing a Level opening page. Instead of “Grade 1” – the books are listed by letter – A, B, C, D, etc. and each book is assigned a skill level. You can get WriteShop’s placement test online, so you know which book will fit best for your child.
The intricate Teacher’s Manual gives you multiple lesson plans layouts for you to choose from and tailor your needs to. For a complete curriculum set, you will need the Teacher’s Guide, Activity Pack, and Junior Time Saving Pack – with each student needing an Activity Pack. Everything is carefully laid out. The teacher’s manual also lists the supplies you need, both in general and per lesson – nothing really beyond the basic school supplies, making this curriculum very practical for busy families. Activity Sets are printed on sturdy paper, and offer a variety of ways to teach children, in order to make the material “stick.”
In the very first week, your child will begin learning how to properly write a letter. “Parents Say” sections are included in the teacher’s manual, and show practical ways parents have used the lesson plan (or even learning tricks every parent should know!) to work for them.
This curriculum covers everything from letters, to haikus, to historical prompts, to basic storytelling, plot, and grammar skills. So while more studious students might enjoy historical prompts, haikus are a fun interactive writing activity for the squiggly wigglies! People are attracted to stories – and WriteShop both tells and encourages telling of various stories.
For you Instagram-gurus, 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. Tag @WriteShop in your photo. Their team will be choosing from your photo writing prompts to share in their social media!
My younger sisters (ages 7 and 4) are currently using Saxon’s Phonics 1 series, and plan on using Saxon Phonics 2. Saxon provides a very strong foundation for spelling and reading. I think they will definitely use WriteShop’s curriculum as their English and writing for the next years.
Also, the most exciting part, a giveaway!
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Giveaway product provided by WriteShop. Winner will be selected and notified by email on April 4, 2015. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. If the winner is a US resident, a physical product will be provided. If the winner lives internationally, only a digital product will be provided. Void where prohibited.
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