Writing Strands Challenging writing projects for homeschoolers Level 2 Author:Dave Marks Writing Strands 2 is a manual for the parents of children about seven years old. — It introduces the skill of giving thoughts and experiences to others in written form. When a child can write by himself (spelling doesn't count) a sentence similar to, "We live on the corner," or "The dog is big," that child is ready for this level. This is the onl... more »y book from which parents must teach. The rest of the series is written for and to the students, and the assignments are written in such a way that the students can write independently. Even at this level, the assignments produce reports, essays or pieces of fiction.