WriteShop Junior FAQ
- How long does it take to complete one WriteShop Junior level?
- Is there a lot of prep involved?
- Is it parent-intensive?
- Should my 3rd grader use WriteShop Junior Book D or WriteShop Primary Book C?
- We are new to WriteShop. Can my 5th grader start with Book E?
- My child has some learning challenges. Would WriteShop Junior be a good fit?
- Does WriteShop Junior teach grammar?
- I’m planning on teaching two children together. Are the workbook pages reproducible?
- Can I teach WriteShop Junior using just the student Activity Pack?
How long does it take to complete one WriteShop Junior level?Each book has 10 lessons. Following the Three-Week Plan, most families finish one book in a school year. Activities vary from day to day, but you can expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day working 3 days per week.
Is there a lot of prep involved?You will need to gather basic materials and do some simple preparation for each lesson, such as cutting apart activity cards. Advance Prep text boxes are clearly marked, making it easy to do this days or even weeks ahead. Most parents tell us they spend up to 30 minutes per 3-week lesson on preparation (less than 10 minutes per week). To save time, you may purchase a Time-Saver Pack of sturdy, ready-made props instead of creating and assembling your own game cards, spinners, and other tools for many of the activities.
Is it parent-intensive?Successful writing results from purposeful instruction. That’s why WriteShop Junior has been created with a parent-and-child partnership in mind. Activities are not meant for the child to do alone, but are designed for the two of you to work on together. Depending on day’s assignment, you will model, play writing games with your child, or guide him through planning, writing, and editing.
Should my 3rd grader use WriteShop Junior Book D or WriteShop Primary Book C?Either one is fine, though a reluctant 8-year-old might gain more confidence using WriteShop Primary Book C. When teaching two children together, choose Book C if they’re 8 and younger, and choose Book D if they’re 8 and older. Either way, activities called Smaller Steps and Flying Higher let you quickly and easily tailor lessons to children who are functioning at different levels.
We are new to WriteShop. Can my 5th grader start with Book E?Definitely! If a child is ready for the skills taught in Book E, there is no need to do Book D first—even if you worry that their writing experience has “holes.” You can relax knowing
WriteShop is a cyclical program, so anything of importance from previous books will be reintroduced in future levels.