This is a conversation on behalf of WriteShop. Opinions are 100% my own.
We don’t usually buy curriculum because we’re very eclectic and often don’t stick with one thing throughout the entire year. So even if it isn’t super expensive, the value still might not be there for us. We are what I would call “relaxed eclectic” in our homeschool method or style but do try to incorporate some “traditional” school work in every now and again.
I was very open to giving Write Shop Junior E a try with my oldest two children. We have not done a formal writing curriculum in a few years. I feel that writing is a very important skill just like grammar and will hold value even in a technological era. You can only do so much with spell check plus using parts of your brain to write and convey a message truly is timeless.
WriteShop Junior is a unique opportunity to work with your child while learning to write. This is a hands-on curriculum where the parent is integral in supporting the young writer. They sum it up best by saying:
WriteShop Junior is a partnership between you and your student, and your close involvement is key to his or her success.
One con I have found so far is making copies of the darker colored Fold-n-go pages for a 2nd or 3rd child. The darkness of the paper requires me to lighten certain pages which doubles the time to copy them. I also have to ask my children who wants white pages and who wants colored pages. I could see this as a real downfall if each child wants to have the exact same thing. I do happen to have similar colors of copier paper. I guess one alternative would be to keep the colored originals and just use the copies with my current 2 students. Since I have two younger children I want to be sure that I preserve my originals so they can enjoy this writing curriculum in the future.
The biggest pro that I see for using Write Shop is the flexibility in each level and being able to have more then one “grade level” use the same book level. This is a very big money saver for families with children close in age like us. Eldest is in 6th grade and Princess is in 5th grade but she usually likes more worksheet and writing then he does. He is more into art and creative work then sit down work.
Both really enjoyed the ease of use that Write Shop Junior E level provides. Here’s what they had to say about Write Shop Junior E:
Eldest “It was very simple to complete and easy to understand.”
Princess “I like Write Shop it is easy and fun.”
Looking ahead in the Teacher Guide I saw that reading a variety of story genre was going to be beneficial to future writing lessons. This prompted us to read Pippi Longstocking as a family read aloud. This was our first and was even taken to grandma’s during an overnight stay. I have now added read alouds to my monthly goals!
While discussing our thoughts and opinions of WriteShop we all agree it’s time to dust it back off and give it another go. It still may be Winter but we do not want to be stuck inside doing seat work when the weather turns into the sunny days of Spring! I believe that for the price WriteShop is a very user friendly writing curriculum and definitely worth checking out if you are shopping for a flexible multi-age or multi-grade curriculum.
WRITING PROMPT INSTAGRAM Challenge:
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!