IEW Writing Review

Hi everyone! I’ve had a ton of requests to do a review for our homeschool writing curriculum. We’ve been using the Institute for Excellence in Writing program for a few years now and really love it. We started out with the Group A Student Writing Intensive, and this past year we moved on to the Group A Continuation Student Writing Intensive program. IEW does offer several different courses depending on the ages and needs of your students, so you’ll want to check out the IEW Website to decide which program is best for your student. They also have themed writing units if you don’t want to do the writing intensive curriculum like we are. I really like how this program works. The instructions for your students are really clear and they know exactly what they need to do to create a properly formed paragraph along with dress-ups, and sentence openers that will really improve their writing style. I didn’t do the Teacher course called Teaching Writing: Structure and Style, but they … [Read more...]


Homeschool Writing Curriculum Forum

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying the homeschool curriculum forums we’ve been sharing lately! I know I love to read everyone’s comments, pros, and cons for curriculum! Today we’re continuing on with our forum discussion with the subject of writing.   Teaching writing is one of the harder things for me. From encouraging younger students, to grading upper levels, writing is just not my strong suit. Ironic considering I have a blog and all isn’t it? But writing, and teaching writing are two different things!   Previously we’ve used WriteShop and it remains one of my favorite programs around! I love the scripted conversations, and my children have benefited greatly from the teacher led brainstorming and step-by-step process. We are finishing up with WriteShop D this year and have enjoyed the program quite a bit. I would highly recommend it to anyone needing more help with teaching writing. Pros: Affordable Great for struggling writers Cons: For younger … [Read more...]


WriteShop Junior D Giveaway!

WriteShop Junior is a creative writing program that appeals to many learning styles. As with all WriteShop products, Book D helps you guide children through the steps of the writing process. To keep the experience fun for everyone, each lesson includes engaging games and activities that teach and review important writing and self-editing skills. And whether you have a more advanced child or one who is fairly new to writing, this program is flexible so children can work at their own level. Book D teaches the basics: how to come up with ideas; brainstorm and organize before writing; choose more interesting words; learn to self-edit in a fun and positive way; and publish creatively. It’s geared towards students in 3rd and 4th grades, as well as reluctant 5th graders. --> Download a Book D sample lesson We received the WriteShop Junior D Teacher’s Guide, Activity Pack w/Fold-N-Go Grammar, and Time-Saver Pack (Which I HIGHLY recommend). These three things are everything you need … [Read more...]


Free Story Writing Printables

Looking for some help teaching writing to elementary aged students? Looking for some creative writing pages, editing checklists, and story planners? Look no further!   This year I thought I’d get a head start on our writing process and created some helpful printables to help make writing a little easier and a little more fun! --> Download the Writing Pages Printables <-- One of the things we need to work on this year is our writing skills. Writing isn’t Turbo’s favorite subject and I found out that he does much better if he has a way to plan out stories or letters prior to working on them. So this year I created a bunch of different writing pages to help make the process a little less painful. What’s Included? (not all worksheets shown) Editing Checklists: (These are small 2x3 sized cards that can be laminated then hole punched. Store them on a keyring for quick access to help students edit and proof their writing! (See above photo) Editing Checklist … [Read more...]