Launching the Writer’s Workshop

Writing has been a really hard subject for me to figure out.  We love The Good and the Beautiful for language arts.  It includes grammar, spelling, phonics, geography, artist study, and art appreciation.  Unfortunately the writing assignments are few and far between.  I have tried all of the writing curriculum that there is out there and either they are too expensive or they haven’t been a good fit for us.  A friend of mine (who is also using TGATB for LA) told me that she is using a curriculum that uses the writer’s workshop.  At first I wasn’t sure how that would work at home.  That is how I taught when I was a second and fourth grade teacher, but I tried it for a short time with Karis and it was a flop.  I assumed it wasn’t a good thing to do at home.

I decided the other day that I am going to utilitize writer’s workshop again in my homeschool.  It’s not a Charlotte Mason method, but I’m okay with that.  I have learned recently that I need to have confidence in myself!  I have a bachelor’s degree in education and have spent a lot of time teaching.  I was considered a really good writing teacher and was moved to fourth grade because of it (that’s when the writing test is).  I did this without any resources and now I have lots of resources thanks to Teachers Pay Teachers.

I have a general plan typed out for launching the workshop and what order I plan to go in as far as what type of writing to teach: narrative, informative, opinion, etc.  I plan on doing a research paper with them next year.  My boys are capable to do more than I have been requiring of them and I’m excited to see how they develop in writing.

Other than that, I love what we are doing!  We are using The Good and the Beautiful for so much and it is a great fit.  Currently we are just doing simple nature studies but next year I’m going to do a program around the Nature Anatomy book plus TGATB Marine Biology.  I have all that I need for science but need to purchase some books to go with our nature studies.  We will be doing math over the summer because I’m trying to catch them up plus our normal 25 minutes of daily reading, but that’s going to be it.

Here is what our Writer’s Workshop is going to look like:

Plans

The narrative plans are tentative at the moment.  I’m still working on them and tweaking them as I go.

Posters

I will have these up at the table when we do our Writer’s Workshop each day (they also have these in their notebooks).

WW Notebooks


This heart map is in the front of the notebook.  We worked on them yesterday.  They write what they love so they have ideas of things to write about.

We’ll see how it goes!  I’m going to do this for a while and see how the boys do.  I have a few things that I ordered on ThriftBooks as a backup just in case!

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