Writing comes easily to me. I love everything about the process- brainstorming, pre-writing, editing, and there is nothing better than a final draft. Fresh blank paper (or a fresh blogging screen) excites me. The possibilities seem endless.
Yet, that isn’t the case for everyone. For some, when you mention the word writing – whether for creativity or for knowledge – other emotions come into play. Not everyone gets the warm fuzzy when you mention writing.
When we began the homeschooling process- I wanted to pass my love of writing on to my children. I wanted them to love the process as much as I did. For my daughter, that was easy. She is so much like me. Yet, my sweet seventh-grade boy – struggled with the idea from the very start.
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“Why do we have to have a writing curriculum?”
Those words were lamented by my boy minutes after opening the box. He saw the excitement all over his sister’s face – and mine- and smartly waited until she left the room. Yet, he wanted to know why.
“Mom. We already write about the books we read. We write science reports. Why do we need a writing curriculum?”
I had to think about it for a while. My boy doesn’t want to be a writer. Why does he need a writing curriculum? Wasn’t I asking enough of him?
The more I thought about it – the more I had to put that idea on the back shelf. I thought this review was going to be a total flunk – because he wasn’t going to like it. I flipped through his curriculum half-heartedly. I knew I would give it all I have with my third grader- but I was going to just have to find someone who could use this older material.
But then, it happened.
While reading fables in his language arts program, the desire to write was lit. He wanted to write a fable- all of his own. Just as God does- with no coincidence- it was the very first lesson in the WriteShop curriculum!
Finishing up our day with some seventh grade writing ?. As a #homeschoolmom and a #wahm, we squeeze school in all throughout our day! Jared just started @writeshop and is working on writing a fable! This tagged in great with our discussion of fables last week! I am still working on our grammar fold-n-go! #writerinthemaking #homeschoolfamily #homeschoolmama #homeschooling #writeshop
WriteShop – The Right Writing Program for My Writers
WriteShop has shown to be the right writing program for both of my writers- one willing, one unwilling. The process is super simple. There are several different ways to complete the lessons in the book as well. Of course, as the teacher, you can always break it up, add more, or leave out – whatever you need to do to make a curriculum fit your needs!
I love that they branch the gap in writing as well. No matter what kind of writing experience your child does or does not have- there is a place to begin. I also love that it incorporates grammar into the lessons as well.
Correct terms are taught- and the writing process is discussed in every lesson.
If you are a mom who needs a “word for word” teacher book – this program offers you that. It tells you what to do as prep work, what to say, and how to set up your lesson. Don’t like that much interaction, or wanting to have your student be more independent? You can do that as well. I highlight the text that they need to read, and leave it to them!
I love independent learning- but I love that this is something that I do with my kids. Since I love it, and it is a subject I am passionate about – it gives me opportunity to get in and fine tune my writing as well!
Our God, the First Creative Writer
God was the very first creative writer. I am always pointing my kids back to God in each and every subject we teach in our homeschool. If it doesn’t have a purpose for the gospel or point us to stand in awe of Him – I don’t add it. God is the first and ultimate creator. He has given us His Word – and although it is not fictional – it does show His creativity. From poems, songs, first person, third person – the Bible is full of much that we can learn about writing. If this isn’t enough reason why we should encourage our kids to write – I don’t know what is!
WriteShop has been a fabulous addition to our homeschool curriculum this year. Even though we were a little late in getting started- it was totally worth it! It is never too late to start helping your kids get a great foundation in the process of being a writer! Not a homeschooler, but have a child who struggles with writing? This would be a great summer writing workshop! Get yours today!
Chime in: Do your kids like to write? Love to write? How do you foster writing with your children?
Worshiping With My Life,