Our offices will be closed Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.
You can submit email inquiries to customerservice@demmelearning.com.

Timed-release curriculum?

by | Apr 29, 2008 | WriteShop Primary

You’ve heard of timed-release cold capsules, motion-sickness patches, and fertilizers. But timed-release curriculum?

In a sense, that’s what these past couple of months have been about—a slow-release introduction to our up-and-coming WriteShop Primary series for grades K-3. Today, let’s “release” just a bit more about this exciting new program! 

Ages and Skill Levels 

WriteShop Primary is a parent-guided program. You won’t find a student book filled with pages of busywork. Instead, you’ll get a manual filled with daily, easy-to-implement activities to share with your young learner. 

You’ll love how WriteShop Primary accommodates pre-writers as well as beginning and developing writers. The program teaches the skills of the writing process at the very simplest level through engaging activities, crafts, and picture books. It creates an environment that promotes a joy of learning in your youngest students. And extra challenges appear throughout each lesson to keep the interest of a more advanced child.

    Here’s what one mom shares:

    “Each lesson is designed to be like a friendly chat between parent and child. Since early lessons have the option to be entirely oral on the part of the child, there is no pressure, only the opportunity to talk about things that are familiar to him as he watches Mom write down his words.
    “Slowly and gently, the child is asked to help with the actual writing, first in simple words, then through copywork. And by turning these stories into a craft, he will have a project of which he can be proud!”

    Shannon Cullip, Alaska, homeschool mother of four

What Does “Book A” Teach? 

WriteShop Primary Book ABook A teaches writing at the kindergarten/first-grade level. Reluctant second graders will enjoy it as well.

Book A contains the following ten chapters, or lessons. You can spend one to three weeks on each lesson. For example, you would want to move slowly with a kindergartener and more quickly with a second grader.

Getting Started
Personal Writing
Choosing a Topic
Selecting a Title
Beginning, Middle, End
Writing with Rhyme: Rhyming Word Families
Organizing Ideas
Personal Experience
Sequence of Events

By the end of Book A, your child will have learned how to plan, create, and publish simple stories with parent help. Along the way, he or she will learn to:

  • Generate ideas for a story.
  • Experience planning a story before writing it.
  • Gather simple information about a topic.
  • Use a story web to organize information.
  • Identify beginning, middle, and end.
  • Choose an appropriate title.
  • Think of simple ways to improve a story.
  • Publish a story through a project or craft.

In addition, Book A introduces many early writing concepts such as:

  • Reading and writing color words.
  • Reading and writing common sight words.
  • Using a pointer.
  • Completing predictable sentence starters.
  • Recognizing words that rhyme.
  • Identifying and using punctuation marks at the end of a sentence.
  • Beginning a sentence with a capital letter.

For more details on WriteShop Primary, visit our website. Books B and C continue to reinforce these concepts. Meanwhile, your students will further develop their budding writing skills through more advanced yet age-appropriate writing activities. What could be more fun?

In the next few weeks, we’ll begin to share more about Books B and C. Meanwhile, to be notified about WriteShop Primary’s release dates, please email us at preorders@writeshop.com.