Homeschool Writing Curricula Comparison


Writing instruction is one area where homeschool curriculum companies excel. There are so many good choices on the homeschool market — in fact a number are excellent.

While that’s a good thing, it can also make it tough to decide exactly which curriculum you should choose. In this video, I walk you through some of my favorites and tell you what I think is great about each of them.

*This was recorded live on Facebook. For a peek at the comments you can also watch it here. ** Want to skip the chit-chat? Forward to about [3:11] for the meat of the conversation (go ahead — I don’t mind).

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  • A says:

    Wrong show link perhaps?

  • Veronica says:

    Wrong video ?

  • Rebecca Bledsoe says:

    Thank you so much for this! It has been very helpful. I have been on the fence about
    Brave Writer. I am very interested in the Writing and Rhetoric series now. It looks really good. Would you recommend purchasing both the teacher’s manual and the student book? Or could you get by with only the teacher’s manual?

    Thanks again!

    • Dawn Garrett says:

      Hi Rebecca, We do W&R. I think you need both. My kids work in the student book and I like having answers, prompts, and suggestions in the teacher’s manual. Hope that helps! -Dawn, Community Care Coordinator

      • Rebecca Bledsoe says:

        Thank you! It does help.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      The student book is a workbook they can do most of their writing in. I would say to get both. Honestly, if you want to choose your own sentences for dictation from the story you don’t need the teacher book. There is some good material on the method in the front matter, and of course the answers, but you will be able to figure most of those out.

  • LeAnn Taylor says:

    Is there a link to Susan’s audio resource you recommended for elementary students?

  • Elizabeth Hafferty says:

    Thank you very much for making this. It’s awesome the way you listen for the needs of your listeners! This was really informative.

  • Tanya says:

    Hi Pam, I know that this is an old post. I’m curious your opinion on writing and rhetoric. If I remember corr ed cty you did use this curriculum one year?? I’m trying to find an option similar to lost tools of writing but dont want to use LTOW. Thank you

    • Dawn says:

      Hi Tanya, Pam only used W&R the one year and shares her perspective in the video. It has been a while. She doesn’t have a LTOW sub or suggestion as she’s not used or really looked into it.

      I know she like IEW and was impressed with their new course offerings.

  • Ashley says:

    Is a separate grammar curric needed with W&R? How do I figure out how much is too much? I am drawn to Rod & Staff English for my strong language arts 2nd grader next year, but it includes writing, and I’m wondering if that particular combo might be too much.

    It’s kind of a strange combo, I know ~ two really different approaches. I just think both/either would work really well for both of us, and I’d love to try both, without burning him out.

    • Dawn Garrett says:

      Hi Ashley, W&R is pretty much just Writing; they may refer from time to time to parts of speech, but you do need a separate Grammar IMO.

      I would also wait to start it until 3rd grade at the earliest, especially if you have a child who doesn’t like to hand-write.

  • Amanda says:

    Hi Pam!

    Thank you for the information. Now that it has been some time since you used IEW and Writing & Rhetoric, would you recommend one over the other? What did your kid think about the programs?

    • Pam says:

      We are using IEW again this year. We just keep coming back to it.

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