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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby Blue Pearl » Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:07 pm

May i know which level would you start your kid for creative writing? Is starting at P1 too early or wait till she start to write creative writing..... pls adv. My gal is P1 this year and have not started creative writing yet. I am in dilema whether to send for one or not. Any adv pls.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby TheWriter » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:24 pm

Blue Pearl wrote:May i know which level would you start your kid for creative writing? Is starting at P1 too early or wait till she start to write creative writing..... pls adv. My gal is P1 this year and have not started creative writing yet. I am in dilema whether to send for one or not. Any adv pls.


Creative Writing requires a set of skills and maturity that I would never expect P1s and P2s to have. At that level, they are just beginning to have a feel for the language and simple sentence structures, and I go through some simple synonyms with them when it comes to writing exercises and that's about it. Any comparative literary devices such as similes has to be tied down to the concrete level.

Understanding metaphors, similes and other figurative language and creating their own comes, in my experience, at about P4. They'll need to be slowly guided through the comprehension passages and readings to appreciate why a particular literary device was used/why certain comparisons make sense.

My sincere advice is to let her enjoy school first, and get the hang of stringing sentences together into a simple, 4-paragraph story of about 100-120 words.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby Imami » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:53 am

TheWriter wrote:
get the hang of stringing sentences together into a simple, 4-paragraph story of about 100-120 words.

TheWriter

Hi TheWriter,

The above is referring to pri 1 kids or pri 2?

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby kitty2 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:57 pm

karinchung wrote:Hi parents,

I would really like to share with you my dd's creative writing class. As a parents, put aside the tuition fees, the traveling, what we want is to really see our dd improves and to help give them a chance to score.

My dd has been joined a creative writing in amk area. Initially I wasn't thinking much about the centre due to it not being 'branded' like mind champs and stuff. For me to pay $160 each month seems expensive for a neighborhood centre. But guess what, a year now and I am willingly and looking forward to my dd psle next year. Perhaps to some of you, I may be advertising for the centre. But, standing in the shoe of a mother, I will go all out to help my girls and I am sure all parents reading this will do the same thing.

Thus, I am writing this not to advertise but to share a new way to help our children improve. In fact, I have recommended a few parents from kiasuparents to the centre and the mother told me that the children are improving.

So, since I have personally experience this centre and my friends have too. I really would like to share with all of you this. To be frank, I like the small class size of 6 -8, I like the way they don't just throw my dd the composition and let her write or teach her word for word, I like it more as I can sit in and learn. Price is a concern and frankly, having my girls in p6 and sec4 is taking a toll on me financially but, as a mother, what can I do. I have to just scrimp on myself and try to give the children the best i can.

I really urge all parents who need helps in sourcing a good English teacher to go there. There is no harm trying for one or two month just like how I initially thought. What matter most is, we gave our children a chance to learn from teachers whom others recommended. If it turns our good, your dd will benefit greatly :)


Can you share what is the name of the centre and the location? Thanks

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby TheWriter » Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:20 pm

Imami wrote:
TheWriter wrote:
get the hang of stringing sentences together into a simple, 4-paragraph story of about 100-120 words.

TheWriter

Hi TheWriter,

The above is referring to pri 1 kids or pri 2?


Hi

I am referring to P1s in general. I had a P1 class last year and most were comfortable with the length, but they will need extensive help from teachers to guide them in the planning process and idea generation. The kids are now in P2 - still need a bit of help with the planning, but can assist me with substituting voabulary.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby Blue Pearl » Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:03 pm

Tks The Writer.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby sembgal » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:24 pm

In order for a child to write, the child must be exposed to lots of reading. Creative writing classes will not help reluctant readers much unless the child has the desire to read.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby Imami » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:09 pm

TheWriter wrote:
Imami wrote:
TheWriter wrote:
get the hang of stringing sentences together into a simple, 4-paragraph story of about 100-120 words.

TheWriter

Hi TheWriter,

The above is referring to pri 1 kids or pri 2?


Hi

I am referring to P1s in general. I had a P1 class last year and most were comfortable with the length, but they will need extensive help from teachers to guide them in the planning process and idea generation. The kids are now in P2 - still need a bit of help with the planning, but can assist me with substituting voabulary.

TheWriter


Thank you.

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby libran269 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:13 am

Hi All - any reco for creative writing classes - I dont want a flashy and expensive one; someone who can kindle my DD spirits. Any teacher or small scale class?
TIA

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Re: All About English Creative Writing

Postby TheWriter » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:34 am

libran269 wrote:Hi All - any reco for creative writing classes - I dont want a flashy and expensive one; someone who can kindle my DD spirits. Any teacher or small scale class?
TIA


Hi libran269

Depends on where you stay. My general recommendation is for you to check out the smaller scale/niche centres around your area. I've addressed this elsewhere before, but do make the effort to go to the centre and speak not just to the admin, but enquire about the teacher's class (how it's conducted, ratio) and if possible, speak to the teacher as well.

It sounds like a lot of hassle to have to allot time and bring DD down to the place, but a huge part of whether the investment will be worthwhile depends on the dynamics between your DD and the centre/teacher as well.

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