Are you looking for a writing class for a reluctant writer? Or do you want your child’s writing class to be different/better than the typical writing class? I was!
We have been through a TON of writing programs-IEW, Writeshop, Essentials in Writing…..They are all great and teach the basics of writing a 5 paragraph paper. The result was….well, a boring five paragraph paper.
My oldest just dreads writing. DREADS it!! However, he is a pretty creative writer and comes up with good ideas. Getting those ideas on paper is extremely tough and takes some work (this is the dysgraphic brain kicking in).
For years, I have been reading the Brave Writer blogs and using the book club packets from Brave Writer. I have the Writer’s Jungle Book and have done several activities through it, but that was about it until this year. I looked at the online classes and decided to take the plunge. The classes are pricey in my opinion which was my biggest hesitation.
Thankfully, the class was AMAZING! We started with an essay prep class even though he can write a five paragraph paper. I wanted my oldest to be completely independent with getting his thoughts down (I wanted to be out of the picture completely-although, I did keep up with the class on my own). The class had generally 3 writing assignments per week and reading everyday. None of the assignments were overwhelming or crazy time consuming. The best part for my oldest was using a timer to write. I have suggested this time and time before, but when it was actually part of the assignment, he loved it.
I am looking forward to the next essay prep class on research. He starts that one next week.
(FYI-I do not receive any compensation or anything for writing this. It is simply a review of a class that we took)