Vendor Name: Write Shop
Vendor Contact: Write Shop Contact Page
Name of Product: Primary Book C
Price: $32.95 print teacher’s edition, $4.95 worksheet set physical copy
Age Range: 2nd to 4th grade depending on placement
My 7 year old doesn’t like to write, well she likes to write but it is hard for her, unlike her older sister who it seemed to come naturally too, so in light of this I jumped at the chance to review Write Shop Primary Book C. Book C is to be used for above grade level 2nd graders, no prior/limited/writing at grade level 3rd graders and/or no prior or limited experience 4th graders. Bethanne is a 3rd grader but has no formal prior experience with writing a story, this I am at fault for because of writing being stressful for her. She loves to write stories but often times her hand hurts, she doesn’t write small or very legibly, etc – so I was hoping that Write Shop Book C would encourage this.
All you need for this is the teacher’s guide, which tells you everything, and then some on how to get started. They give many different lesson plan ideas such the three week, two week and one week lesson plans. We gave the one week lesson plan a go and I’ll say that for myself and my daughter this was not the way to go – I’ll explain more in a bit. The teacher guide gives scripts that will help the parent who struggles or feels uncomfortable teaching writing, although you may want to proof read as my daughter did not follow the script (they aren’t supposed to but that is how my mind works). The first 34 or so pages go into great detail about teaching and using the program, prep that needs done, and additional supplies.
As I said above I chose the one week lesson plan, which worked great for my needs and wants but went way too fast for my daughter. By the time I realized this was what the frustration was I was to enmeshed in the schedule to back track and slow down. The other frustration was the guided writing process – my daughter absolutely did not like this part and while I know this is a big part of the curriculum, I did like most homeschoolers do, I improvised and did away with the guided writing practice. Once we forgot that part, things went much more smoothly and Bethanne enjoyed the process.
If you’re wondering what does the student use, they use the Activity Set Worksheet Pack. These are reproducible for single family use and includes 20 activity sheets to be used as directed in the teachers guide. My daughter liked these sheets and it really helped to bring certain concepts to fruition as well as helping in brainstorming writing ideas. For Primary Book C the student will use the activity sheets to:
- plan a story using who, what, when, where and why
- learn to self edit
- choose descriptive words
- list facts for a short report
- independently practice handwriting, spelling and story-writing skills on page 2 of most worksheets
Also included is an Evaluation Chart to track your child’s progress through each of the lessons. These will help you see where your child is doing well or needs improvement so you can help them learn those necessary skills. This is a very thorough writing curriculum if your looking for an in depth and teaching intensive curriculum. I did feel there was a lot of preparation needed on my end and with three children to teach I don’t have a lot of time to devote to teacher prep but all the preparation has a purpose and my daughter enjoyed the tools that I made to make this curriculum fun and work for us. To see what other homeschool parents thought visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Review Blog.
**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.