The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

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mum2b
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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by mum2b » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:26 pm

Keen to get a copy of the book too. Anyone organising group purchase, pls kindly pm me. Thanks

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by N.Lo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:54 pm

Am trying to get 2 more for a group of 10 for my colleague. Anyone takers, please pm me. Thank you.

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Post by allcc6 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:54 pm

N.Lo wrote:Am trying to get 2 more for a group of 10 for my colleague. Anyone takers, please pm me. Thank you.
Tried to PM u, but not sure if it went thru.

I'm interested. Pls PM me. Thks.

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Post by nemofc » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:17 pm

I'm keen. Unable pm too

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by N.Lo » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:44 am

Hi everyone,

So sorry, my group is full. I did not receive the pms from allcc6 and nemofc, so strange:( but I have replied the rest who pmed.


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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by Terryy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:53 pm

Hi,

I have another bundle of 10 going- this is for my friend. She needs just 1 more for the bundle, its worth getting, one of the compos in that book could be used to address the PSLE compo this year..

https://thealternativestory.com/articles-blog/psle2017

I got mine already and my kids and I enjoy reading the compos:)

Btw, I would like to ask any TAS parents who have/had kids in P6, how are these compos similar or different from their in-house compo materials? What do you feel helps the most for the P6 students? Is it the compos or the teaching? I am asking because I am still deciding if I should send my kids to TAS or continue to teach them myself..

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by coolit » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:36 pm

Terryy wrote:Hi,

I have another bundle of 10 going- this is for my friend. She needs just 1 more for the bundle, its worth getting, one of the compos in that book could be used to address the PSLE compo this year..

https://thealternativestory.com/articles-blog/psle2017

I got mine already and my kids and I enjoy reading the compos:)

Btw, I would like to ask any TAS parents who have/had kids in P6, how are these compos similar or different from their in-house compo materials? What do you feel helps the most for the P6 students? Is it the compos or the teaching? I am asking because I am still deciding if I should send my kids to TAS or continue to teach them myself..
Hi Terryy,

It really depends. If your child is very fast to learn, maybe with coaching at home, it is enough. For tas, the compos found in the books are the tip of the iceberg. There are many more compos and compo notes that my kids find useful. The notes are different from the compos, they help speed up the learning and make it clearer. For teaching, yes I find the teachers effective and they are able to make my kids like to write and like English as a whole. But I must say I know of a friend who left after slightly over 1 year, her son is in GEP and she felt he caught a lot of the techniques and could do well on his own. And indeed he did well. My kids meanwhile stayed throughout and they also did well. So it depends on your child and also on you..

I do not have that much time to coach them at home but if you do and your kids can grasp the concepts fast enough, then go for it, do without tuition, that is after all the best.

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by Terryy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:43 pm

Thanks coolit..I will consider getting their books first and coaching at home, if cannot work then I may go for their tuition.

For the bundle of 10, it has been filled. Thanks..

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by ks_mami » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:32 pm

hi, I hesitated for quite a while before I decided to post...this is my experience when my son just started attending TAS. He was given a model compo and asked to memorise so that the next following week when he attend the class, he is able to write a similar one. 1st time, think he forgotten to memorise therefore he wrote his style which was badly done (if he's good then he won't be attending the class)... teacher did her part, corrected his grammar etc, however didn't rate him, wrote a remark: learn your model compo...
The next round, was also given a model compo, he memorised and wrote similar to the model compo... teacher rated him, 36/40. I quite puzzled (in fact very), why do the children have to memorise model compo? Shouldn't there be a method/procedure to coach the children so as to let their imagination flow instead of memorising? My question, when TAS conduct seminar for parent to assist their children in creative writing, do they provide model compo & inform the parents to get their children to memorise? If no, then why must the children in class have to memorise?

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Re: The Alternative Story (TAS) - Discussion

Post by glendt » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:34 am

Nowadays, the focus in tas esp is not really on memory work..from what I see, they seem to use the model compo as a base to teach them the techniques of good writing. They need to memorise a few key parts, but memory work is done more by using some drawings or point form to help them remember key parts of the compo, that's what my kids explain to me anyway ..they focus on application more as well I do see application worksheets given that show them how to do so- you can look out for it, it is in some box format and they combine 2-3 compos at one go.

I think they explain their methods when you sign up? There is some 2A method..if you are unsure, why don't you talk to the class teacher? But if you are not comfy with you kid learning from a model compo, then maybe tas is not suitable for him?

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