Wednesday, November 10, 2010

TOS Review - The Write Foundation

The Write Foundation  
Number of lessons: 30

What is it? The Write Foundation is a writing curriculum for homeschool students (in-home or co-op) designed as a "grab-it-and-go" curriculum.  It is available in three different levels in-order to teach mastery.

Level 1: Sentence to Paragraph Writing Suggested Ages: 11-13 
Level 2: Paragraph Writing (Suggested Ages: 12-15)
Level 3: 
Essay Writing (Suggested Ages: 14-17) I choose Paragraph Writing (level 2) for my review.

Description from site:
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.
The Write Foundation writing curriculum is a result of 8 years of successfully teaching homeschooled students in a one-day-per-week co-op setting. It has been adapted for a homeschool and used by numerous homeschooling parents to give their own children the tools of how to quickly organize and write an essay with excellence.

What did I like about it:
I like that this curriculum is designed to teach writing piece by piece.  In level two, the students begin with learning how to create block outlines, and in the end they will have learned how to construct proper 5 paragraph essays.  The students learn how to - * take brief notes, * write proper sentences using good quality adjectives, adverbs, and descriptive verbs, * write detailed paragraphs with good introductory, supporting, and concluding sentences, * sequence order, * indent, proper type form, etc, * and SO much more. You can view the syllabus here.
My daughter dislikes handwriting, but she does enjoy typing.  So, she was thrilled when she learned TWF requires completed assignments to be type and not handwritten.  I'm thankful I've heard very little complaining during write class, using this curriculum.

What I did NOT like about it:
I had a hard time in the beginning trying to understand how to use the curriculum.  I feel the directions are not clear enough for easy understanding.  The introduction on the website, does states that it is best to spend 1-2 hours prior the first instructional day reading through the overview in order to fully understand how the curriculum works, and to be prepared to grab-n-go.  Although, I feel if the how-to instructions where a bit more clear cut, it would be less stressful and smooth sailing during the class time.  However, I will say that after slowly working through the first few lessons, we eventually got into the rhythum of how the curriculum works, and then it was pretty easy to follow.

Who could use this and would I buy it?
I feel The Write Foundation is a great writing curriculum for any parent who wants to give their children a solid foundation in writing.  I give it thumbs up and I would definitely purchase this writing curriculum for my own children.  I'm greatly to have been chosen to review this product.

If you would like to purchase The Write Foundation for your classroom, click HERE.  Be sure to check out what my fellow TOS crew members have to say about The Write Foundation.

If you're interested, there's a yahoo forum available.

Disclaimer: I’m an independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew. I received The Wrtite Foundation (lessons 1-15) in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Great review! You are right that the directions on how to teach are not clear cut. I did fail to mention that in my post. I suppose it is also because I never follow rules so I didn't think too much about it. lol. However, it did take a bit longer to get used to because of that aspect. Great point!


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