One of the most challenging areas in instructing our children can be writing. The ability to express oneself in written form can be challenging and overwhelming for the student and teacher. There are a multitude of writing curricula on the market targeted at homeschool families. From scripted to open ended methods of teaching, you can find a wide rage of options. Trying to select the right one for your family can be so difficult.
If you are looking for a simple, easy to implement program that doesn’t overwhelm you or your student, Create Better Writers.com could be the resource you need. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to review three products from Create Better Writers. As one who is not gifted in writing and often avoid teaching it, I found the set up and structure of this product helpful.
How to Teach The Paragraph: This resource is recommended for grades 3 and up. How to Teach the Paragraph gives you and your student the “trick” to writing a paragraph without being overwhelmed with the process. Breaking the paragraph down and providing a “picture” of what it should be takes the paragraph and puts it into manageable bites. In a very short amount of time, your child will be writing a paragraph!
Five Paragraph Essay: This resource comes after How to Teach a Paragraph. In this resource, you are giving the tools needed to walk your student through organizing and writing a five paragraph essay in an hour. You utilize simple steps to create the big picture. Detailed lesson plans are given and it also helps you to utilize the “bells” and “whistles” to make the essay of college level quality. In the end your student will have mastery of the essay.
The Home School Writing Action Plan: This is an excellent resource for the homeschool parent that you can use with any writing program. However, it works perfectly with How to Teach the Paragraph and the Five Paragraph Essay. It summarizes the steps, offers a pacing chart and a road map to show you how to implement each step. This resource helps you to have a writing program that flows without stress!
How did Create Better Writers.com work for us?
I decided to use this with my 4th/5th grader. He had no previous writing instruction other than a few random lessons in his grammar book. Writing was not something that came natural to him and I wasn’t sure what approach I wanted to take with him. A simple, and straightforward approach like the one in How to Teach the Paragraph was appealing. After walking my son through the steps, he was able to write a paragraph in very little time.
In the past, if I asked him to write a paragraph I would get back two or three sentences. After using How to Teach a Paragraph for a week or so, he easily sat down, wrote a quick paragraph that had all the necessary parts such as a main idea and conclusion. I have been pleasantly surprised with this product!
How to Teach the Paragraph: $7.99 (ebook only)
How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay – $17.95 for download/ $19.95 for softcover.
Homeschool Writing Action Plan – $15.95 for download/ $19.95 for softcover.
**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. All thought/opinions expressed in this post are my own.