For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I’m surprised where the journey takes me. Jack Dann
Writing is a chore for my 9-year-old. She would much rather draw, sing, narrate…anything but write. It’s not that she isn’t creative; she just doesn’t like the act of writing. As a homeschooling mother I worry the most about writing. I have been praying about what to use for writing. When I found out we were going to review Write Shop, I jumped for joy… OK. I didn’t jump literally…
After receiving this program and using it…WOW! I am so blessed to be able to use this with my child!
Product Reviewed: Write Shop Junior D, PDF Version
The PDF package included:
Teacher’s Guide e-Book
The teacher’s book includes instructions for planning daily lessons, writing samples, step-by-step instructions for teaching as well as additional games and exercises.
Student Activity e-BookThe student activity book is actually 2-packs-in-1. It includes the activity worksheets AND the Level 1 Fold-n-GoTM Grammar Pack.
Student Worksheet Pack: Activity pages your child will need to complete portions of each lesson. These worksheets introduce your child to writing skills such as brainstorming and self-editing. The Worksheet Pack contains:
- Pre-writing activities
- Skill Builders
- Journal prompt pages
- Brainstorming worksheets/graphic organizers
- Reading log forms
- Self-editing checklists
- Evaluation Charts
Level 1 Fold-N-Go™ Grammar Pack: Fun reference tools with simple exercises that introduce or review grammar rules and essential writing skills. Printed on brightly colored paper, pages are assembled inside a file folder to form 10 large flipbooks, one for each lesson in Book D.
- Punctuation Marks
Time-Saver Pack e-Book
This pack is optional for the parent/teacher who want pre-made props and activities featured throughout Book D.
When I received the PDF files I was a little overwhelmed. I did not realize how teacher-intensive this program could be. The PDF e-Book file is a single PDF file separated into sub-files (1 per lesson). This allowed me to print lessons as needed.
I also printed and created all 10 grammar folders before starting. Personally, I don’t recommend doing this. My daughter does not like them…it’s hard not to take it personally after all the work I did. :)
The introduction section is a wealth of information. I called it “my writing brain”. It includes the following items that I found helpful:
Sample schedule plans. I am a newer homeschooler and still have not mastered the art of creating a workable schedule. The standard plan for a family is a 3-week schedule. This allows a family to finish 1 lesson every 3 weeks with 2 days off every week. I LOVE this feature! Can I just say THANK YOU! As a busy mom, this made using the program EASY!
Writing Center Ideas. The idea of creating a writing center in my home never occurred to me. We have since created a writing area that includes writing implements, paper, dictionary and thesaurus. This has been instrumental in getting my children to write on their own.
List of Supplies Needed. It’s incredibly frustrating to start a lesson only to discover I don’t have the necessary items. Having a centralized list helped to make sure writing occurred without a last-minute run to the store. This includes an overall list and a lesson-specific list. A+ on this one!
Thorough Instructions. What more can I say about this? After reading the introduction I felt confident enough to start the program with my daughter.
We were able to work on Lesson 1 for this review. Unfortunately our 3-weeks extended into about 4 weeks because I spent one week out of town for a family emergency. Fortunately, we are going to continue with this program for the rest of the year.
The focus in Lesson 1 was writing a letter with correct punctuation. I started the lesson with both girls (9 & 11) but my 11-year-old quickly opted out. She is my eager writer and spending time with simple activities was not her thing.
It was a blessing in disguise. Being able to work one-on-one with my 9-year-old was rewarding. I was able to keep her engaged, push her when she needed…give her a reprieve when she needed…tailor the program to fit her needs.
Some samples from our work.
My daughter enjoyed creating the robot. I was happy to see her translate this simple hands-on project into real writing later on.
One evening my daughter ran into my room.
“MOM, look…I have my birthday invitation done!” “Really…it’s May. Your Birthday is in AUGUST! “
But to be honest…I was thrilled. Yes, it’s a simple invitation. But she wrote something. On her own. With no nagging from mom. And she was beyond proud of herself. I call that successful.
And do you want to know the BEST thing? She still complains about writing…but I find her writing all over the place now. In her room. In the car. In her journal. She just finished writing a play with her sister. The spark has been ignited…
Bear and I recommend this product for the 3-5th grade reluctant writer. Bear says “Boys will like the dinosaurs and robots.”
We may not have followed the instructions step-by-step as written. However, that is the amazing thing about this program; it can be tailored to fit the learner.
I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE one to spend the money and get the PRINT version. Using the PDF version was a little overwhelming for me.
About Write Shop
- In Our Write Minds, Blog: http://www.writeshop.com/blog/
- Website: http://www.writeshop.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriteShop
- Meet Kim! http://www.writeshop.com/blog/about-kim/
- Using WriteShop on an iPad by Amanda Pelser
Write Shop Products Available
- Write Shop Primary (Grades K-3)
- Write Shop Junior (Grades 4-6)
- Write Shop (Grades 6-12)
You can purchase WriteShop Junior products from their website.
- Teacher’s Guide – $39.95. Must buy the Activity Pack.
- Activity Pack – $39.95. (1 PER CHILD)
- Time Saver Pack (optional) – $13.95
- Teacher’s Guide – $34.95. Must buy the Activity Pack.
- Activity Pack – $29.95. (1 PER CHILD)
- Time Saver Pack (optional) – $13.95
Just for You: 15% off any WriteShop Primary and Junior products in the WriteShop store (including e-books) using coupon code CREW15 at checkout. Offer valid through June 15, 2012.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.