The Best Homeschool 
Writing Program for Grades 1-6

Assessing Your Child’s Skill Level

Here to Help Learning’s Writing Program has two skill levels, Paragraph Writing and Essay Writing.

Paragraph Writing teaches the student how to write a paragraph. 

Essay Writingteaches the student how to write a 4-5 paragraph essay

Here to Help Learning uses a simple approach to help you assess your child’s writing skill level.

Here to Help Learning’s Writing Placement Test

Student Instructions:

1. Set a timer for seven minutes and start the timer.

2. Write one paragraph about the image below. Include a beginning, middle, and end.

3. After seven minutes, set and start a timer for an additional three minutes.

4. During the three minutes, make corrections and finish writing the paragraph.

5. Turn in the paragraph to your parent or teacher.


Teacher Evaluation Questions:

Did your child write with complete sentences?

Did your child write one paragraph within the time frame?

Does the paragraph have an opening and closing sentence?

Does the paragraph have a beginning, middle, and end?

Did your child write easily without frustration?

  • If the answers to all the questions are yes, then your child should be placed in the Essay Writing level.
  • If the answers to some of the questions are no, then your child should be placed in the Paragraph Writing level.

Remember, you can always move your child ahead if they master the skill of writing a paragraph. It is more important that your child enjoys the writing process than advancing him/her too quickly.

Once you have determined your child’s skill level, you will need to choose your Flight.

For more information about Skill Level & Flights see: Choosing a Skill Level & Flight

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