Are there any good writing courses for children?

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Sanjusmom 2011-03-14 17:41:13

 

My 10 year old daughter comes up with a lot of random ideas when I ask her to write about a subject. But she is unable to put them together logically and gramatically. The grammar part worries me more.

I know these skills are essential since she will be writing essays and comprehension in higher classes. I was wondering if there are courses/writing products that teach effective communication skills for children.

Are long distance learning courses/ online courses effective? Personally, I prefer some kind of personalized coaching(one-to-one kind) instead of a classroom kind of teaching. 

 

 

 


aanchal 2011-03-14 17:49:08

 

i conduct individual classes for creative writing, grammar, spellings, phonetics, handwriting, memory and concentration. if you send me your email id through PT inbox, i will let you know more details.

 

Sanjusmom 2011-03-15 10:32:56

 

I am based in B'lore, will send u details if you happen to stay here.

 

aanchal 2011-03-15 14:02:03

 

yes..i live in bangalore too.

 


Jayram 2011-03-17 13:34:08

 

Hi!

Can u please suggest me the publisher name, since i stay in Mumbai i would like to purchase one for my son...

 

 

 

Sanjusmom 2011-03-17 15:58:41

 

Aanchal, where in Blore do you stay?

 

aanchal 2011-03-17 17:28:00

 

sanjusmom: i stay in bellandur :)

 

Chillibreeze 2011-03-18 15:50:09

 

Finding right courses that actually help can be tough. Have you tried giving her printable writing worksheets for children that are found online.

Aacnhal, since you teach, do you think these help? If yes, can you suggest some good links that help? It's not possible for everyone to have access to writing workshops.

 


aanchal 2011-03-18 18:11:50

 

aaahh..i had posted a long one here, but somehow it got lost when i pressed the smiley button :(

chillibreeze (nice name!): you should look for a workshop (which is an added burden on the child during summer holidays) only under two conditions: 1) there is a learning problem that the child is facing and you want to get rememdiation done when there is less school pressure 2) when there is a talent in the child which doesnt find a good channel during school days and a suitable workshop can contructively channelize the talent.

there are many books, board games, online material that can be used too..the only problem is to choose which ones to use and how to use.

sanjusmom is looking for creative writing lessons..online materials are way too general and do not take into account the child's personal choices and preferences, which is important in creative writing.

 

Sanjusmom 2011-03-19 11:54:51

 

Thanks Aanchal, I stay in Jaynagar...bellandur is too far for me. Do you conduct classes somewhere closer, say koramangala or BTM layout?

 

aanchal 2011-03-19 14:08:12

 

yes, bellandur is quite far from jaynagar..what we can do is that you come for a consultation..i will coach you how you can teach her creative writing and give you some material too..we can keep in touch through mails later and you can call me whenever you want..if interested, please send me your email id through PT inbox.

 

Sanjusmom 2011-03-21 10:29:09

 

Sent you my mail id aanchal.

 

anwesha 2012-11-13 13:14:00

 

Hi Anchal,

I'm looking for a creative writing classes for my 6 year old daughter. Just wanted to know if you consider such small kids for such classes. If yes; please share your contacts to talk more in detail.

Thx,

Mangala

 

Siyo 2012-11-21 07:05:11

 

Hi Anchal,

Can you please recommend someone in chennai who can tutor 8 and 10 yrs old kids on creative writing during december month.

We will be there in India for holiday . Please kindly advise.

 

PPAA 2012-12-01 23:43:04

 

Hi Anchal,

I am in Pune.Can you help me in some way to improve the english communication and reading skill of my 5 yrs old daughter?

 

 

 

aanchal 2012-12-04 10:17:37

 

Siyo and PPAA: sorry, no idea about others in chennai and pune

PPAA: send me your email id through parentree inbox..i will see what i can do :)

 

rosinha 2012-12-04 17:17:12

 

Hi Aanchal

Is there something for creative writting for six year old kid or should be taught when they are little old ?

Please do share with your inputs for creative writting .

One more thing i have been following ur phonetic blogs which is very helpful . If you can give some guidence for creative writting in blog too.

 

 

 

RoshMom 2012-12-04 19:02:31

 

Hi Rosinha,

According to me, creative writing should be part of the regular english language curriculum and should be started when the child starts to read or write. But only a few schools give importance to it and many parents take it as an addtional course for their children.

Children have to be explicitly taught how to plan their work, how to list their ideas, to organize them, to expand the ideas, gather information, add details, to make drafts, to review and revise, make corrections, add punctuations, publish and then about the types of writing - story writing, informational/ factual writing, instructional writing, descriptive writing, letter writing, poetry writing, biography, autobiography, journal writing, gather information for research, about the parts of the book, and how to effectively add information in the respective area etc.. These writings help them learn other subjects effectively. So 6 yrs is neither too early nor too late. so go for it.

 

 

rosinha 2012-12-11 19:29:19

 

Thanksa lot  Roshmom for all the inputs ...but i need some more guidence in terms of books and website . I really dont know from where to start and make kid understand the concept writting .

 

 

RoshMom 2012-12-12 09:18:47

 

 Hi Rosinha,

 

 

I don't have experience with any website or books that talk about creative writing. All I learnt is thro workshops or from what my little one learnt from school. Anchal shd be able to help you selecting the books or website. But I can give you some pointers on how you can start it.

Kids as small as 3 or 3.5 yrs can start their creative writing by just drawing pictures and labelling them. second stage is to encourage them to draw pictures in a sequence to narrate their storyand give a title or a caption for the pictures.

A 5 yr old can be taught how to write a 3 part story or a small moment. A story will have a beginning, a middle and an ending. So split the page into 3 parts and encourage her to use the words first, next and finally and support the story with some illustrations. At this stage do not worry about the grammar or spelling. Encourage her to write about her own experience. She will be more comfortable writing about herself or something that happened to her. a small moment story is something that happened within 2 to 5 minutes like something that happened when she was waiting for the school bus. Something that happened while playing on the slide or while she was writing her homework. But writing about her travelling to school or about her play time or about her evening will become a big moment story where she has to add lots of details. So avoid that at this stage.

To plan her work, ask her to use her fingers to count the different moments she can think about writing. From that list let her choose her favourite moment or the moment she remembers very well. Give her a paper and split it into 4 sections. In first section ask her to write the list of characters - it could be herself and a friend. Then in the next section, ask her to write where this incident happened. So the setting could be home or playground or the bus stop. In the rest of the sections make her write what really happened in a short form. 

Now while expanding the story, Let her use the words FIRST, NEXT, and/or THEN, FINALLY to expand the story and Draw some pictures to support her story.

Review : Once she finishes the story, ask her to check for the punctuations. For now just the capitals for the beginning of the sentences and the names and the period at the end of the sentence.

Revise: Let her read the story aloud and see if it makes sense and if the sentences are in sequence. If not, let her make corrections with a different coloured pen. Now reread the story. Make her to read the story to another person in order to find out whether that person can understand it. Because a writer should be writing for the readers and not only for themselves. This is an important point to teach your child as in most of the cases, the kids claim that they understand what they have written and would resist to make changes. I have witnessed this in my son's case. So after reading it to a third person, let her make further correction if needed. Now the story is ready for publishing.

Publish : let her think of a title for the story and then design a cover page for her story book. Then make her rewrite the story in neat hand writing incorporating all the changes she has made, including the pictures.

The same process will be used to write any type of writing. But do not insist on completing everything in one single day. 10 to15 mins of writing a day shd be enough. Hope this is useful to some extent.

 


aanchal 2012-12-12 12:21:29

 

rosinha: roshmom has given some good tips. i have sent you a message. if u need further clarifications, let me know

 

rosinha 2012-12-13 15:52:47

 

Thank u so much Roshmom , i was really thinking what to teach in terms of writting and now i can really start with suggestion you provided .

 

Even Aanchal send me tips , thanks Aanchal .

 

DPS 2013-01-11 01:51:20

 

 Hi Aanchal,

 

My son has ust completed 5 Yrs and started to read a few words , can  I start it now ? If yes kindly let me know how I can reach you?

Thanks 

DPS

 

aanchal 2013-01-12 16:55:01

 

start creative reading n writing? yes you can..as roshmom also said, creative reading n writing is not age bound and should be a part of child's regular development from the very beginning

 

AMother 2013-02-07 05:13:58

 

My daughter is seven and a half, she has a flair towards writing small stories and small poems, I was writing for her when she used to tell me the story. I have asked her to write herself but she seems to have used to me writng while she speaks, will this develop her creativity in writing skills? Should I stop wrting for her please advise.

 

 

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