WriteShop Primary: Level A

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Using Write Shop Primary Level A

WriteShop Primary is an exciting, parent-guided writing curriculum with daily, easy-to-implement activities.

A flexible, gentle program, full of variety and creativity for the young writer … 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. –Shannon Cullip, AK, homeschool mother of four

WriteShop Primary uses hands-on activities to teach the concepts of the writing process at the very simplest level. It’s perfect for pre-writers as well as beginning and developing writers.

Watch Your Young Writers Blossom!

WriteShop Primary’s creative activities produce ideas and smiles! When you start teaching simple writing skills at a young age, children are less likely to fear and hate writing later on—and when fun replaces fear, their confidence will blossom.

Lessons are divided into Activity Sets to fully cover a topic without hurrying the child. Lots of examples make teaching easy for you. Each Activity Set includes time for you to model and teach writing in a relaxed, nonthreatening way.

Even at this young age, children can learn that writing is a process made up of several steps:

Planning. Familiar topics, simple graphic organizers, and gentle parent guidance help unlock your child’s creative ideas.

Writing. Children who can’t write independently yet are encouraged to dictate their stories to you. Writing assignments grow from 3- to 5-sentences in WriteShop Primary Book A to simple paragraphs and stories in Book B and Book C. Lessons build incrementally, and as children grow in skill and confidence, they are encouraged to become more independent writers, as they are able.

Editing. From the very beginning, children learn that editing is a natural part of writing. At the Primary level, most editing is done orally with guidance from you—in a gentle, encouraging way that focuses on the positive.

WriteShop Primary Features

No-pressure activities that eliminate stress
•Incremental lessons that build slowly
Multisensory appeal for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners
Picture book suggestions for each lesson
Crafty publishing ideas children love
•Oral activities for kids who aren’t reading or writing yet
•Simple scripts to help parents model and teach new skills
•Smaller Steps and Flying Higher that adjust writing to child’s level of ability
Spelling practice games in Book B and Book C
Flexible schedules
•Parent tips to help struggling writers
•Effective for students who learn with difficulty

I love how the lessons are incremental and gently lead my children through the writing process. They are learning, retaining, and having fun!
Tauna, Proverbial Homemaker

The children really like the fun crafts included as part of the lessons. From the pictures above they were to make a kite and let their stories soar. They thought this was just the most fun thing; to combine writing stories with art and turning them into toys.
Crystal, Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

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.

The Book A Teacher’s Guide takes you step-by-step through the writing process so you can teach with confidence. You will appreciate the writing samples, simple dialogs, and detailed instructions.


You will also need the Activity Pack A.

By the end of Book A, children will have learned to plan, create, and publish simple stories with parent help. They will:

  • Generate ideas for a story
  • Experience planning a story before writing (or dictating) 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

Other skills introduced in Book A include:

  • Completing predictable sentence starters
  • Recognizing words that rhyme
  • Starting a sentence with a capital letter
  • Identifying and using punctuation marks at the end of a sentence

Ella begs me to do this book with her! She loves making up stories and WriteShop [Primary] has helped her to find a focus in her writing. As a result of using this book, she wants to write every day!
Jenny, Titanium Woman

We used Book A … with the girls and had so much fun with it! The girls enjoyed the writing prompts and I was excited to see them gain a ‘fresh’ desire to write.
Jolanthe, Homeschool Creations

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.


To get a sample of a Level A lesson, click here.

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
  • Pointers
  • “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
  • Rebus

WriteShop Primary activities use materials and supplies that most families already have on hand.


We really love that this writing curriculum does not force the child to learn faster than their comprehension can keep up ….
Kristan, Munchkin and Bean

My daughter adores this writing program, and so do I. The gentle nature, hands-on activities, professionally illustrated worksheets, and the opportunity to work with mom make an irresistible combination for her.
Jennifer, Quiverfull Family

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Choose a Level | WriteShop Primary

WriteShop Primary is a parent-led writing curriculum for children in grades K-3. This guide will help you choose the best starting level for your child.

Each WriteShop Primary level teaches specific skills within a range of ages, making it easier to choose the very best place to begin the program. However, age and skill are not the only factors. Your child’s reasoning skills, emotional maturity, and ability to express ideas orally are also important considerations. So before you decide on a level, make sure to look at the big picture!

how to choose the best WriteShop primary book for your kiddos

Start at the level that best fits your child’s thinking skills, not his writing skills. A child’s ability to physically write things down often lags behind his intellect and vocabulary. For example, placing risks losing their interest.

Books B and C are a better fit for most 7- and 8-year-olds—even if they haven’t had much writing experience. Here’s why:

  • Key concepts carry over into future books, so don’t worry about “missing” something.
  • Smaller Steps and Flying Higher activities appear in all Primary and Junior books, allowing you to adjust assignments to the child’s level of ability.

WriteShop Primary Book A

Target: Kindergarten & 1st grade (and immature 2nd graders)

  • Book A includes very simple concepts and artwork that appeal to little learners.
  • Reading and writing skills are NOT required; all work may be done orally.
  • Older children with special needs or extreme reluctance to writing may also find success with the gentle pace—as long as they are not put off by thechildish worksheet illustrations.

If your child can do a number of these things already, consider choosing Book B instead.

See a Book A lesson sample


Target: 1st & 2nd grade (or reluctant 3rd)

  • Book B is a great middle-of-the-road choice when a child hasn’t had much prior writing experience. Children can dictate ideas and stories to you if their physical writing skills are still emerging. As long as they have ideas in their head and can share them orally, that’s all the skill they need to begin Book B.
  • 9- and 10-year-olds with special needs may also find success with Book B if they aren’t bothered by the simplicity of the worksheet illustrations.

Start with Book B if your 6- to 8-year-old is not yet able to:

Use graphic organizers to plan a story

  • Include a beginning, middle, and end in his story
  • Identify or use paragraph form and indentation
  • Figure out how to add more details to a story
  • Organize a story to include a problem and its solution
  • Choose story endings
  • Write or dictate a friendly letter
  • Write or dictate about something that has happened to him
  • Retell nursery rhymes and fairy tales in his own words
  • Identify the parts of a friendly letter
  • Identify words that rhyme
  • Use standard spelling tools such as a dictionary

If your child can do a number of these things already, consider choosing Book C instead.

See a Book B lesson sample


Target: 2nd & 3rd grade

  • Book C is a good option for children who are functioning well at grade level.
  • It is also a fine choice for advanced or highly verbal 3rd graders, though stronger writers might prefer WriteShop Junior Book D.
  • Remember that concepts from earlier levels (such as using paragraph form and including beginning, middle, and end) will be retaught or reviewed in all future books.

Start with Book C if your 7- to 9-year-old is not yet able to:

Ask who, what, when, where, and why? in order to add story details

  • Organize story details
  • Plan the main ingredients of a story before beginning to write
  • Write entries in a personal journal
  • Use descriptive words in his writing
  • Write a short nonfiction article
  • Summarize the contents of familiar books
  • Collect research facts about a specific topic
  • Write a simple, short report with introduction, body, and closing
  • Use standard spelling
  • Check his own work for correct spelling and punctuation

See a Book C lesson sample

If your child can do a number of these things already, consider choosing WriteShop Junior Book D instead.

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

Write Shop Primary FAQ

What makes WriteShop Primary unique?

WriteShop Primary is able to teach even the youngest child how to plan and write (or dictate) a simple story. Because the hands-on games and activities appeal to the way young children learn best, they’re able to grasp and apply simple writing concepts while having lots of fun along the way!

Should we always start with Book A?

It’s important not to bore an older child by making her do kindergarten-level work to learn a concept that later books will revisit in a more age-appropriate way. This Placement Guide will help, but if you’re debating between two levels, base your decision on your student’s ability to think and reason, rather than her ability to write independently.

What if I’m teaching more than one child?

You may be able to teach them together using either Book B or Book C, depending on their ages. Activities called “Smaller Steps” and “Flying Higher” allow you to quickly and easily tailor each lesson to children who are working at different levels. If your young ones are too far apart in age or ability to work at the same level, WriteShop Primary makes it possible to teach two or more children using different books. For example, you might have:

  • a kindergartener in Book A and a second grader in Book B
  • a first grader in Book B and a third grader in Book C

Each Teacher’s Guide includes a scheduling plan for teaching two different levels in a way that neither you nor your children will feel overwhelmed.

What if my child isn’t reading or writing yet?

The beauty of WriteShop Primary is its adaptability to meet children where they are. Reading and writing skills aren’t necessary, even for Books B and C. Every level gives you the option of acting as your child’s “scribe,” writing down the words for him as you talk about ideas orally. As his skills develop, you can share the pencil, letting him write the words he knows.

Will WriteShop Primary work for my reluctant 4th or 5th grader?

Though WriteShop Primary Books A and B are rarely age-appropriate for 4th and 5th graders, the gentle approach of Book C can appeal both to reluctant older writers and children who learn with difficulty. Book C teaches many common elements of writing, such as planning a story, writing with description, writing a book summary, and creating short reports. Students of any age can apply the techniques and watch their writing improve!

On the other hand, because Book C is intended for younger children, older students may be put off by the more childish artwork. So unless they struggle with a learning difficulty, we encourage using WriteShop Junior Book D for 4th or 5th graders.

My child loves to write stories on her own. Does she need a writing program?

Not necessarily. However, if she has loads of ideas but has trouble staying on track, she may need the guidance and structure a writing program can bring.

Children who love to write often lack the organizational skills that keep their writing focused. WriteShop Primary introduces different kinds of graphic organizers to help them plan out their stories and articles. They also learn to use story ingredients; plan a beginning, middle, and end; and think of problems and solutions. Your child’s skills will steadily improve as she has fun learning new techniques for better writing.

How long does it take to complete one level of WriteShop Primary?

Each book has 10 lessons. The Intro includes three scheduling plans, with the most popular option allowing three weeks per lesson. Following this plan—and working every other day—most families finish one book in a school year. Expect to spend 15-30 minutes per day on writing activities.

WriteShop has 3 different weekly schedules so you can adjust to your kids & family (from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com}

Can I teach without a Teacher’s Guide?

Both the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Set Worksheet Pack are necessary components of WriteShop Primary. The Teacher’s Guide contains everything you need to teach the lessons, including daily lesson plans and detailed instructions for each activity (pre-writing games, brainstorming, writing lessons, publishing ideas, editing tips, recommended picture books, and much more). The reproducible Activity Set Worksheet Pack rounds out the program with activity pages that support the skills taught in each of the 10 lessons.

Does WriteShop Primary teach grammar and spelling?

The program does not teach grammar, though simple punctuation is introduced and practiced. WriteShop Primary uses a more natural approach to teaching spelling, so you won’t find prescribed lists of words. Instead, through a variety of games and activities, children work on learning to spell the words they most frequently misspell in their writing. Only Books B and C incorporate spelling instruction.

Is WriteShop Primary compatible with classical or Charlotte Maon models?

Charlotte Mason enthusiasts will enjoy the relaxed approach, picture books, journaling, narration, and activities that allow the child to explore the world around him. And while WriteShop Primary doesn’t fit the Classical model in the traditional sense, parents will appreciate the orderly guided lessons, direct teaching involvement, the way writing is always modeled first, and the lack of pressure on the young child to do his own writing.

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.

I was so impressed with the adaptability and gentle approach of WriteShop Primary.
Shannon, Alaska


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