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Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:24 pm

Hi jeestan,

We do that for our normal classes, we will assess the child and if
we find the child's ability much higher than his peers, we will
advise the parents to let the child 'jump' a level so that
the child will still be 'stretched' to his maximum ability.

However, for the holiday programmes we usually do not do so
unless the parent requests for it and then we will arrange for
a assessment to see if he or she should 'jump' a level
for the holiday programmes. This is because for children who
join the holiday programmes usually do not have much background
in the way we teach creative writing and hence, for a 1-3 day
programme, it is better that they stick to their own age group.

TAS
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Postby The Alternative Story » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:30 pm

Hi bigdad and littlewoman,

We produce our own vocabulary materials, we are compiling them
in a book and might make it available to the public but it is not
confirmed that we will do so yet.

Bigdad,

We will get back to you about the composition startings latest by
tomorrow. :D

TAS

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Postby mujin » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:58 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:
mujin wrote:Hi TAS,

We are confused about the differences between past tense and past continuous tense when used in composition. Could you advise us if there is any rule that we can adhere, so that we can distinguish the differences and its applications.

Thank you.


Hi mujin,

The past tense refers to an action that has happened in the past
and it is completed.

The past continuous tense refers to an action that has happened in
the past but the main difference is that it happened for a duration
of time.

Eg:

I slept through the show and I did not know that my friends
had left the cinema.

(Here, the emphasis is on the reason and result, the reason
being you were sleeping, the result being you did not know your
friends had left, the emphasis is not on the duration of the action)

VS

I was sleeping through the show when the bell rang.

(Here, the emphasis is on the duration of the time
that you had spent sleeping and while doing so, the bell rang)

TAS


Hi TAS,

Thanks for the explanation (':D')

Mujin

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Postby The Alternative Story » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:44 am

BigDad wrote:Hi TAS,

It is very clear, your explanation, I know what to work on, thanks so much! By the way, should we get them to learn different ways to start a composition at primary 2, I saw from some assessment books they talk about starting with a conversation etc? I thought just start with description of the day can already?

If you have vocabulary books, can let me know also I am interested


Hi BigDad,

No problem :D

At primary 2, it is more advisable to get them to use a descriptive
starting (describing weather etc).

In order to be able to use 'flashbacks', 'conversation', 'idioms' etc
to start, the child must have a very good grasp of the language and
also must be able to develop the story in a very logical manner.

It is also not advisable to get the child to just memorize startings like
flashbacks as she or her will sound quite cliched. It is better to teach
them the techniques and most primary 2s will struggle with this so
I don't think you need to worry about teaching them all these
different startings now. Maybe at primary 3, you can start.

For the vocabulary materials, we are compiling our materials but
are not selling them currently.

TAS
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Postby The Alternative Story » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:45 am

mujin wrote:
Hi TAS,

Thanks for the explanation (':D')

Mujin


No problem Mujin :wink:

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Postby BigDad » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:37 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:
Hi TAS,

No problem :D

At primary 2, it is more advisable to get them to use a descriptive
starting (describing weather etc).

In order to be able to use 'flashbacks', 'conversation', 'idioms' etc
to start, the child must have a very good grasp of the language and
also must be able to develop the story in a very logical manner.

It is also not advisable to get the child to just memorize startings like
flashbacks as she or her will sound quite cliched. It is better to teach
them the techniques and most primary 2s will struggle with this so
I don't think you need to worry about teaching them all these
different startings now. Maybe at primary 3, you can start.

For the vocabulary materials, we are compiling our materials but
are not selling them currently.

TAS


Hi TAS,

Thanks for the suggestions! How to teach them to write good descriptions I myself am not too good with that :?

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Postby BigDad » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:49 pm

One one more thing to ask: if there are 5 of us in one group signing up for the holiday programmes, can all 5 get the discount, or is it 4 get and the other one cannot?

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Postby Dad8282 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:47 pm

BigDad wrote:One one more thing to ask: if there are 5 of us in one group signing up for the holiday programmes, can all 5 get the discount, or is it 4 get and the other one cannot?



Hi, sorry to tag along your post... this is my first post and Im also interested to send my P3 daughter for the holiday programmes.

Possible to include my gal and make it 6?

Thanks.

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Postby BigDad » Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:38 pm

Dad8282 wrote:
BigDad wrote:One one more thing to ask: if there are 5 of us in one group signing up for the holiday programmes, can all 5 get the discount, or is it 4 get and the other one cannot?



Hi, sorry to tag along your post... this is my first post and Im also interested to send my P3 daughter for the holiday programmes.

Possible to include my gal and make it 6?

Thanks.


Hi Dad8282,

Wish I can help you but looks like maximum for one group is only 5, why don't you check out their thread where they post the details of the holiday class, I saw some parents wanting to form groups, maybe you can go there. Sorry cant help you here.

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Postby jeestan » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:18 pm

Hi TAS,

Will you have more creative writing classes in December, will it be the same as the September one? I want to know so I can know when to take leave, must plan ahead hehe :wink:

Can you help me with this as well:

What is the difference between lie, lay, laid, lain, laying, lying..I am thoroughly confused about this.

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