A Peek at WriteShop Primary
Are you ready to learn more about WriteShop Primary?
First, the program is geared to children at the kindergarten level up through the third grade. It is a flexible program, however, that can be adapted to start at any point in those years by choosing a faster or slower pace and including many of optional activities that make lessons easier or more challenging. WriteShop Primary was written with the homeschooling family in mind. Lessons take into account the unique needs and dynamics of the homeschool classroom.
Introducing Young Children to Writing
At this age, many children are considered “prewriters” because they’re just learning how to write. Therefore, the experience of “writing” can be more of an exciting time to “communicate” through a visual medium such as an art project or picture.
It’s important for these beginning writers to explain the meaning of their picture. Encourage them to write a letter, word, or group of words according to their ability.
Most of all, the writing experience for young children should be fun! Motivation, excitement, and a positive learning environment all help primary-age children build confidence as they acquire the ability to write.
I thought you might enjoy taking a peek at some of the engaging projects and activities that author Nancy Sanders has planned for you and your child!
Guided Writing Practice
Each day’s activities include 5-10 minutes of Guided Writing Practice, the teaching time and heart of WriteShop Primary. Its purpose is to provide your child with a daily shared writing experience. During this time, your child will dictate several short sentences about simple, familiar topics such as animals, friends, the weather, or upcoming events. You will do the writing.
In later lessons, as her writing skills increase, you’ll use the Guided Writing Practice time to introduce new concepts such as choosing titles or identifying a story setting.
Guided Writing Practice introduces pointers to your child. Pointers are fun and educational. They help children track words better, strengthening reading and writing skills. You can gather or make a collection of pointers and keep them in a jar.
A picture book activity is part of every lesson Reading together opens up a whole new world for children that they might not have been aware of before. That’s one of the reasons reading picture books is a great tool for teaching writing! It sparks the imagination and creativity of children’s minds and gives them ideas to write about as they explore the mysterious wonder of the great big world they live in.
And because a picture book is all about pictures, prewriters and beginning writers alike understand the value of a picture’s ability to communicate a story. This validates the artwork they themselves create as part of their own writing project.
Beginning Writing Tools
Creating a Garden of Rhyming Words notebook, making portable word banks of vocabulary and spelling words, and assembling stories into books are just some of the activities in WriteShop Primary. Other fun elements include:
- Story webs to help plan and organize story details
- Story Ideas File Box to collect writing topics
- Can of Words to practice with spelling
- “Editing buddy” or stuffed animal to read his story to as the child develops self-editing skills
Designed to be exciting and fun, all these activities also have a purpose: to provide practical tools for a child to use while completing a writing project so he doesn’t just stare at a blank page. WriteShop Primary is chock full of engaging activities that motivate a child’s desire to write while giving him the skills to do so successfully at his own level of ability.
Stories are meant to be published. Even at this young age, your five- to eight-year-old can publish her story in memorable and crafty ways. In WriteShop Primary, your child will have fun making hands-on projects such as:
- a rebus
- a giant caterpillar pull toy
- a story kite
- a Top Secret Detective File
Wow! Doesn’t that sound like FUN? Makes me wish I still had little ones at home myself so that I could play too!
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