Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: The Write Foundation

The Write Foundation was developed by Rebecca Celsor, a former public school teacher and homeschooling mother who sought to develop a writing curriculum that teaches children how to quickly organize and write an essay "with excellence".  Mrs. Celsor's statement summons up the whole reason for The Write Foundation and is very true to what I have found throughout our homeschooling years...

"Many writing curricula focus on the different types of writing, such as creative writing, story writing, poetry writing, persuasive writing, argumentative writing, informative writing, descriptive writing, book writing, fiction writing, novel writing, but the basic foundation of writing is assumed. The Write Foundation begins with the writing process, how a student formulates a topic, then a thesis, then supporting points, and by incremental teaching drills in the basics. In most grammatical subjects, we have found that failure is almost totally because the basics have not been learned."

I'm so glad to have finally found something I can use with my younger children to help them learn how to write before they reach the age of their older sister who didn't have the priviledge of using The Write Foundation.  We are still struggling in 9th grade because of her not having the basics of writing down pat.

The Write Foundation is set up into the three following levels and suggested age range:

Level 1: Sentence to Paragraph Writing Ages 11 – 13
Start at the Sentence to Paragraph Writing Level 1:
•If your student has any run ons or incomplete sentences when he writes on his own.
•If your student hates writing.
•If your student primarily writes simple sentences.

Level 2: Paragraph Writing Ages 12 – 15
Start at the Paragraph Writing Level 2:
•If your student understands the writing process of basic brainstorm, outline, rough draft, edit, final copy.
•If your student usually writes descriptive sentences, which includes adjectives, adverbs and participles.
•If your student can follow directions.

Level 3: Essay Writing Ages 14 – 17
Start at the Essay Writing Level 3:
•If your student understands and knows how to effectively use the writing process of brainstorm, outline, rough draft, edit, final copy.
•If your student knows how to write a proper, standard outline for a 3-4 paragraph paper.
•If your student uses a variety of words and minimizes repetition.
•If your student has been introduced to transitions.
•If your student is familiar with basic figures of speech.
•If your student is familiar with writing in third person only.

Each level consists of 30 lessons which can be completed over one or two years.  (You can read more about what level to place your student in here).

Although we reviewed the first 15 lessons of Level 1 for ages 11-13 I actually used it with all three of my younger children, ages 11, 10, and almost-9 and they all did really well with it.  The lessons are well laid out and easy to understand and require little to no preperation time for the teacher.  My children are well on their way to having a strong foundation in writing and I'm considering going back and using The Write Foundation to reteach the basics to our oldest daughter as well.

If you are interested in learning more about The Write Foundation or would like to purchase one or more levels, you can do so here.

*As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received this product free of charge in exchange for my review and honest opinion of it. As a believer and follower of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I promise you that all my reviews contain only my own honest opinions...'cause He told me to not lie!

1 comment:

momma24 said...

I am so glad you and your kids loved it! It is growing on us, I think. lol