JuniorWriter is great for primary grade classrooms
and for children to use at home. Our thanks to Carey Clark, a writer
and mother who has used JuniorWriter with her children. See the quotes
below from the review at her blog. We encourage you to visit Carey's
blog to read the entire review and to follow some of the ideas she
shares there with other parents.
...Once upon a long time ago, we discovered Junior
Writer. To be perfectly honest, at the time I was seeing a lack in
technology to facilitate kids writing their stories and was thinking
maybe I could rally some talented software-designing friends to help
me write a program that would fit the bill. In searching for
available URLs, I tried “Junior Writer” and found that a program
already existed at that address that was just what I was looking
And so our family began to use Junior Writer.
...The beauty of Junior Writer is its simplicity.
Students log on and can get to work writing right away, from a
prompt, or with using their own imaginations. While I schedule time
for my kids to use Junior Writer, they often ask to use it on their
own. What a great way to spend their
masterly inactivity time!
On the student screen, kids can begin writing, but
if they have difficulty remembering how to spell a word, never fear,
they ask the “teacher” to enter the word into their dictionary, and
they can continue writing. When they encounter the need to use that
word again, if they still can’t remember, they can look it up on the
dictionary above their work using the first letter of the word, and
then drag and drop it into the story! Isn’t that brilliant? And if
you use the program in Mozilla Firefox, a red line will appear under
misspelled words, signalling children when they need help. They can
use most of the usual functions you’d expect of a word processor as
well: changing font size, copying, printing, saving.
When they’re not actually writing their stories,
kids can play games using their dictionary words, such as hangman or
word search. They can also practice their new words in spelling
Junior Writer has become an essential part of our
homeschool–a resource that we found when our children were first
beginning to write, and one that will stay with us for some time to
A Writing Tool
Story Scrambling and Rematching,
New Sightwords Added to Student Wordbanks,
Words that “fly” from student wordbanks into their stories.
with opportunities for
Creative writing with known and new words,
Incidental and repeated use of sight words,
Word games that offer practice and fun,
Testing that is student or teacher driven.
Known, Missed, and Untested Words,
All stories, including every draft,
Time spent on task,