We have loved using this writing curriculum so far this year. Here is our full review of WriteShops Famous Primary Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten and first grade!
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WriteShop Primary: Homeschool Writing Curriculum Review

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We have loved using this writing curriculum so far this year. Here is our full review of WriteShops Famous Primary Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten and first grade!

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“I am so glad we opted for using the WriteShop Primary A Book Set! M’s enthusiasm for story telling and writing have continued to grow as a result. He’s always excited to get started on the lessons each day; the complete opposite of the resistance I had expected.

The resources are packed with information and so easy to use as a homeschool parent! The low prep activities have made all the difference to my busy schedule as a work at home mum. Having a plan to follow has made organising our homeschool lessons much easier.

I can certainly say we will continue to use WriteShop throughout these early years and maybe even beyond!”

If you have a young child just starting out with the basics of learning to write and who enjoys telling stories, I certainly recommend WriteShop as a place to start!

Click here to find out more about WriteShop and the Primary Book  A Set!


For almost 8 weeks now we have been using the WriteShop Primary Book A Set to help encourage and develop M’s interest in writing and telling stories. My son and I have enjoyed every minute of using WriteShop’s writing curriculum and it was much easier than I had expected.

 There were a few months of “umming” and “erring” before making my final decision to give it ago. It’s the first full curriculum we have actually used, and I had my concerns.

We have a very relaxed approach to learning in our home. The kids’ school cupboard is filled with resources that I think will be useful too them and we set aside some time each day where the children can access them freely.  I was worried about how M would take to having more structured lessons.  How would I manage to be a little bit more organised, to make sure we were completing the lessons as they should be?

I am glad I didn’t delay any longer now that I am finally able to see that the benefits for M, far outweigh any concerns that I had!  

About WriteShop Primary A

WriteShop Primary

WriteShop recommend this book set for Kindergarten and First Grade students. 

WriteShop Primary Book A  is a writing curriculum geared towards young children who are just starting to understand the concept of putting thoughts into written word.

All the activities are designed to allow your child to dictate whilst you act as their scribe. This means it’s perfect for the Kindergartener who is not yet ready to put pen to paper, but it also allows room for the child who is starting to write, to do all that they can. The choice of how much they want to write themselves is entirely up to them. This meant for us that M could continue to decide how he wanted to work, which is extremely important to me.

The Primary Book A Set comes with a Teachers Guide and an Activity Pack which are available in both hard copy and digital format.

The Lessons

Each lesson covers several aspects of learning how to write:

  • Guided Writing Practice
  • Brain Storming
  • Pre-writing Practice
  • A Project
  • Revising and Editing
  • Publishing a Project
  • Evaluation

And there are also additional activities for students who are ready to do a little bit more. 


Our Experience with WriteShop Primary A

Evaluation Sheets From WriteShop Primary
Sitting with a coffee and evaluating  Lesson 1 


Comprehensive Parent Guide

The first thing I noticed when I downloaded and opened the file, was just how comprehensive the introduction and parent guide is. 

The authors of WriteShop have really taken the time to make sure you have all the information you need. The teacher’s guide explains the philosophy and the reasoning behind each activity. There are even tips for setting up your own writing station and a complete resource list. I found that list extremely handy for helping me to prepare each lesson in advance. 

I’ll admit we didn’t really create our own writing station as we continued to use a dedicated space in our kid’s school cupboard. Yet, I did love the idea of having everything kept in one special place.

M filling in one of is worksheets from WriteShop Primary.

Pre-Prepared Schedules to Follow

I also love the example schedules included in WriteShop. There are several options to choose from, based on your current homeschool schedule and your child’s ability. We chose the longest of the three suggested schedules –  completing one lesson over a 3 week period. Each lesson is broken down into 8 parts and there are 10 lessons in total and we should complete the entire book over 30 weeks.

Sourcing Resources Was a Challenge in Egypt

Sourcing some of the right resources in Egypt is always a challenge for us . Finding chart paper in an appropriate size was not to be! If however,  you happen to live somewhere with well equipped stationary stores, you’ll easily find everything you will need. 

Easy to Follow, Low Prep Lessons

At the beginning of each lesson WriteShop provides a list of what you will need to prepare in advance. The things you’ll need beyond what’s provided, are mostly craft supplies for projects. The rest of the activities are extremely low prep. Some days, my disorganised self, didn’t look at the lessons in advance and honestly it really didn’t matter.

There are usually only a handful of items required for each project, many of which your likely to already have at home. If you make use of the full resource list, purchase the stuff you’ll need before beginning with the first WriteShop lesson, you’ll be all set to go.

The projects and crafts are easy to follow—a huge bonus for someone like me, who finds crafts a challenge.


Short Sessions

Each guided writing practice activity has been designed to take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes. In fact, most of the activities fit in to short sessions. If your child has a short attention span or finds writing for long periods frustrating, short sessions make all the difference.

Our guided writing practice took closer to 30 minutes each day because M refused to let me be his scribe. He chose to write everything himself, so we had to spell each word letter by letter. However, those 30 minutes zoomed by because M was enjoying it so much. And who was I to stop him?

M doing his guided writing practice for his WrieShop Lesson 1.

Alphabet Chart Suggestion was a Life Saver

One of the things WriteShop recommend to include in your writing station, is an alphabet chart for both capital and lower-case letters. We decided to create our own, although you can find free printable charts online!

This was a life saver! M used this throughout everyone of the guided writing practices, to help him remember how each capital letter should look and to copy any letters he was unsure of.

Fun Projects and Publishing

M's Story Kite that he made as part of his studies with WriteShops Primary A Curriculum

Publishing a student projects sounds so official but essentially it involves taking something they have written and turning it into a creative project like a craft, rebus and even a TV Show. The projects are then shared with friends and family.

M really enjoyed making his first project which was a story kite. When his father got home from work that day, M flew his kite straight to him and  told him all about his project. Several weeks later and that story kite is still being flown around the house!

Great Use of Picture Books

Learning through literature is a huge thing in our household! I am so glad that WriteShop built the use of picture books and read alouds into its’ curriculum. It was a great way to integrate our 30 day learning through literature challenge into M’s writing practice too.

Repetition and Diversity Throughout The Lessons

That might sound a little contradictory but it’s a really good thing.

Each week you’ll move through the different writing activities in the same order and every lesson has a theme that continues over the full 3 week period. The guided writing practice session for each lesson is structured in the same way. This consistency means that  M knows what to expect 
each session.

However,  there is also the addition of the Primary A work sheets, brainstorming, projects and other pre-writing activities, that keep the lessons interesting and present a new challenge for M each time.

 The Introduction of Sentence Structure

WriteShop Lesson 2 Sentence building board. With Lego Batman and Ironman

One thing I hadn’t anticipated sharing with M yet, was how to structure a sentence! Through the guided writing practice and the fact that M wanted to write himself, there was plenty of opportunities to discuss when we use uppercase letters and how to use a full stop. We even discussed the use of exclamation marks.

Now M is automatically ending his written thoughts with a full stop and correcting himself if he hasn’t started with a capital letter. That’s far more than I ever expected of my Kindergartner!

Final Thoughts?

I am so glad we opted for using the WriteShop Primary A Book Set! M’s enthusiasm for story telling and writing have continued to grow as a result. He’s always excited to get started on the lessons each day; the complete opposite of the resistance I had expected.

The resources are packed with information and so easy to use as a homeschool parent! The low prep activities have made all the difference to my busy schedule as a work at home mum. Having a plan to follow has made organising our homeschool lessons much easier.

I can certainly say we will continue to use WriteShop throughout these early years and maybe even beyond!


If you have a young child just starting out with the basics of learning to write and who enjoys telling stories, I certainly recommend WriteShop as a place to start!

Click here to find out more about WriteShop and the Primary Book  A Set!


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