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Postby Blobbi » Sat May 15, 2010 9:42 am

mrswongtuition wrote:
Blobbi wrote:
Mrs Wongtuition, tks for the ideas. So far, I liken DS to the tribes in Africa - all his stories are of the oral tradition :faint: . I've tried to get him to write them down (very numerous and long running stories of parallel worlds), but he says they're a secret. :roll:

Tks all for the wonderful ideas. It sounds like we'll be busy this hols!!


You can try bringing him to Popular to buy his 'secret journal' to encourage him to write. Allow him to choose a few pens of his favourite colour. Many of my students start writing once they have a journal to call their own. And the incentive of coloured pens is rather attractive at their age.

Since he prefers it to be a secret, promise him that you will not read it unless he gives you permission to.

Writing in his secret journal is also a form of writing. At least it kick starts his 'unwillingness' to write.


Mrswongtuition, u're a treasure trove!

Hopefully, he will take to it this hols.

Thinking through, my goals are very simple - so long as he does his homework without fuss, I'm quite happy. And I want him to use writing naturally, as a tool.

Work In Progress lah. But I hope to start him off on the writing habit, soon.

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Postby Michteach » Sun May 16, 2010 1:29 am

Blobbi wrote:
Michteach wrote:I found using phrases from storybooks very effective as I am feeding the kids continuously with good vocab and effective writing styles from a wide range of authors.

I could let you know what books are especially good for this if you are interested


Hi Michteach,

I'm rather confused about what makes good writing for top marks. Being of the old school, I just read my way to good marks in English. Compositions were done via osmosis, ie, I subconsciously absorbed whatever I read and probably reproduced snippets in my writing.

These days though, I'm stunned that there is such a thing as creative writing classes where kids copy "model compositions" and memorise key phrases.

Is it really necessary? My kid is only in P1, but going through kiasuparents, I'm getting a bit worried that I'm out of touch. :roll:


Hi Blobbi,

For myself, I struggled with helping 2 groups of students: helping the good students really write very well and reach their potential and also helping the weak ones to improve.

For the good ones, they can write well in the sense that their grammar is good and they can use apt vocab to describe the scenarios but their writing can be dull in the sense that they do not know how to 'hook' the reader and to write using a richer range of vocab so when The Alternative Story came to do a workshop at my school for teachers, I picked up some of the strategies and got the students to apply them and I could see that the children's writing became more sophisticated and the tension in the story could be felt.

For the weak ones, I also used the strategies to help the students to learn more easily and not hate writing. So that is why I really like using creative writing strategies and borrowing phrases from books. To me, even if your child is ok, I think it is good to expose him to some creative writing, maybe for a start you can get him to be aware of the good vocab in books and get him to use them but also to read for leisure as well so as not to take the joy from reading.

This is from my point of view as a school teacher.

Michteach
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Postby Michteach » Sun May 16, 2010 1:32 am

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Michteach wrote:
You can follow them after you have your own twitter account, the company name is The Alternative Story or you can follow them with their twitter name it is - TAlternativeS, if you have any probs, just pm me..I see if I can help with more detailed instructions..happy twitting!


Hi Michteach,

Thanks for the recommendation, we find using Twitter the best way to provide tips for parents and children to help them do well for English. In this way, the children can learn everyday from us and not just when they come for classes.

TAS


Hey TAS,

No worries, I really like the twitter thing you guys did, its free heehee and very informative..:)

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Postby buds » Sun May 16, 2010 1:32 am

The Alternative Story wrote:Hi buds,


Heyya TAS!

The Alternative Story wrote:Thanks for the detailed information on Twitter and talking about us:). At this rate, even if you are not at TAS, you can enjoy our privileged card membership haha.


Wow! Seriously? :D

I'd love that! :love:

The Alternative Story wrote:We love using Twitter at TAS. You can get further book recommendations on our Twitter account too and we will also update the KSP when we do have fantastic book recommendations.


It's great that you guys are keeping up with the hip and the young uns'
out there... being savvy and all, plus engaging them in more meaningful
twitter following. It's just a fabulous idea! :celebrate:

The Alternative Story wrote:For parents' workshops, we are having one this holidays- Every Child Can Write. (To teach parents creative writing strategies and showing parents how even movies can be used to teach plot development)

The workshop will be on 29 May and 5 June. Those who sign up in a group of 4 get 50% discount. If you are interested, you can email us or pm us. :)


Sounds interesting! :D

PM me the itinerary and content, can?
I'm outta the industry too long, mebbe
getting rusty.. so mebbe a refresher
might do me good? :lol:

The Alternative Story wrote:TAS


A definite plus having TAS here in KiasuParents! :celebrate:

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Postby junrahmat » Sun May 16, 2010 3:29 pm

Hey buds,
I'm keen in signing up for the parents workshop too. If we can get 4 people, then we'll be entitled to their 50% disc.. :D

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Postby The Alternative Story » Sun May 16, 2010 10:43 pm

Hi buds,

We will pm you the details of the privileged card membership and also the parent's workshop.:) We hope to meet you at the workshop:)

It is great for us to join the forum as we can reach out to parents who are really interested in the education of the children and it is easier to work with them concerning their children. Really hats off to the people working to make this forum happen :celebrate:

TAS

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Postby jedamum » Sun May 16, 2010 11:13 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:
For parents' workshops, we are having one this holidays- Every Child Can Write. (To teach parents creative writing strategies and showing parents how even movies can be used to teach plot development)

The workshop will be on 29 May and 5 June. Those who sign up in a group of 4 get 50% discount. If you are interested, you can email us or pm us. :)

TAS

TAS,
why don't you update the details of the workshop at your MarketPlace thread? :wink:
that will benefit more parents who are sourcing for such information.

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Postby buds » Mon May 17, 2010 12:51 am

Hi TAS, tks for the PM. :wink:
I'll be in touch. Yep, hope to
finally meet you guys. :hi5:

Hey, jedamum is right. :D
You can consider putting up
your services at Market Place
or publicise your event at Happenings..

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Postby Lynn2 » Mon May 17, 2010 7:45 am

Hi The Alternative Story

Wanna check with u this.

I have a pri five girl.She reads widely and the teacher told me she writes beautifully.But, to me I feel that she just lack something.Her compo is always around the range 30 to 34 over 50.May I know how we can help her to improve further?She loves writing.

Thanks

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Postby The Alternative Story » Mon May 17, 2010 11:48 am

Hi jedamum and buds,

Thanks for the suggestion, we will definitely put up the details of the workshop or the Market Place thread and Happenings thread:)

TAS
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