WriteShop Primary Book A is recommended for students in kindergarten or first grade. 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.
Picture books, games, and simple crafts make it easy and fun for little learners to grasp new concepts. Children who are reluctant or not able to write on their own are encouraged to dictate their stories and ideas to you. As their skills develop, they will learn to help more and more with the actual writing. For more advanced students, extra challenges appear throughout each lesson to promote stronger writing habits.
WriteShop Primary Book A SET includes
If purchasing the PRINT version
The consumable Activity Pack may be photocopied for single-family use only.
If purchasing the E-BOOK (digital) version
The digital Book A SET is available as a PDF download. It contains everything you will need for teaching Book A, whether you plan to use the program with just one child or with several. Feel free to download and print as many copies from the Activity Pack e-book as you need for your immediate family's use only.
Nancy I. Sanders
1st or 2nd grade; may also be used with reluctant 3rd graders
Print or digital bundle
What Parents Are Saying…
We LOVE it! LOVE it! We are in week 3 of WriteShop and have no intentions of dropping it! Kayley looks forward to it … Bottom line? WriteShop is pretty darn cool!
Stephanie, Swinging on Small Hinges
The Primary book activities are adorable!
Levi has really enjoyed this program. It has taken the pressure off of him to read and write, and just allowed him to be creative … Our kindergarten year has been a pretty rough start up to the last couple of months. But WriteShop has really changed things at our house!
Chris, Nothin’ 2 Prove
We found WriteShop’s A Set to be creative and engaging … This writing program has inspired my daughter to become a storyteller and now she is constantly telling me detailed stories and asking me to write them down for her.
Kristan, Munchkin and Bean
I was so impressed with the adaptability and gentle approach of WriteShop Primary.
Write Shop Primary A has worked out perfectly because it is a gentle yet detailed approach to introducing writing … I love how the questions get more advanced and increase in number very gradually throughout the course … This will be our permanent writing curriculum for Anna, and also for her younger brother Caleb who is six.
Amy, Homeschool Encouragement
WriteShop is an excellent program that provides a lot of scaffolding and structure for young writers … This program may be a good fit for you, especially if you are hesitant to teach writing to your children.
Annie, The Moffatt Girls
WriteShop Primary Book A includes the following lessons:
Lesson 1: Welcome to WriteShop Primary
Lesson 2: Personal Writing
Lesson 3: Choosing a Topic
Lesson 4: Choosing a Title
Lesson 5: Beginning, Middle, End
Lesson 6: Punctuation
Lesson 7: Writing with Rhymes: Rhyming Word Families
Lesson 8: Organizing Ideas
Lesson 9: Personal Experience
Lesson 10: Sequence of Events
Working three days a week, you will typically finish one lesson in three weeks. Each lesson includes pre-writing games, story planning (brainstorming), story writing (with help as needed), very simple editing, and publishing the story in craft form.
In Book A, children will:
- Be introduced to the writing process
- 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 stories through projects or crafts
Other Key Writing Concepts:
- Completing predictable sentence starters
- Dictating a story
- Using simple graphic organizers
- Reading and writing color words
- Recognizing words that rhyme
- Identifying and using punctuation marks at the end of a sentence
- Beginning a sentence with a capital letter
Activity and Project Examples:
- Stick puppets
- Motion songs
- “Stand, Hop, Sit” game
- Rhyming words placemat
- Taking a “Bug Walk”
- Stuffed animal “Editing Buddies”
- Paper plate faces
- Story clothesline
- Paper cookie friendship book
- Accordion story book
- Paper plate story pocket
WriteShop Primary activities use materials and supplies that most families already have on hand.