Engaging Homeschool Writing Curriculum on Video

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What is Essentials in Writing?

Essentials in Writing is a complete video-based at-home writing curriculum for students in grades 1-12. Lessons include both grammar and composition instruction taught by our certified instructor, author, and founder, Matthew Stephens. 

Do you have a reluctant writer? Does your child have difficulty thriving in a typical classroom setting? Or does your child need additional writing support during the school year?

When certified teacher and Essentials in Writing Founder, Matthew Stephens, worked in the public school setting, he recognized that he could not effectively communicate with every child in the same manner. He knew that no two students learned in the same way and that all students thrived on encouragement. So, Mr. Stephens set out to change how writing was taught.

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In each Essentials in Writing lesson, Mr. Stephens models lessons in writing. These lessons are short, engaging, and most of all, fun!

The Benefits of Essentials in Writing

Essentials in Writing’s method works! And best of all, it’s incredibly low-stress for both parent and student.

  • · Easy video lessons that teach students writing
  • · Lessons are taught by EIW founder, Matthew Stephens
  • · Modeling (or showing students), not lecturing
  • · Not parent intensive (no prep time needed)
  • · 100% free parent/teacher support
  • · Easy grading for parents
  • · Produces college-ready writers
  • · Dyslexia friendly
  • · Complete writing program
  • · Top Cathy Duffy pick

Plus, parents won’t have to spend hours prepping for lessons. Simply create a learning space for your child, queue up the video, and provide a little support as your child works through the writing exercises.

Which Level is Right for My Student?

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