Our mission for children in grades K-3 is to have them feel confident when beginning a writing task. To accomplish this, we begin by teaching your children what makes good writing. We also help them to identify the traits of good writing in the texts we read to them.
We help them to edit their work for obvious things such as repeated use of AND, misspelled words, and missing capitalization and periods. They’ll create dictionaries with the words they don’t know. Each week, your children will write about what we’ve read as we show them the importance of a strong opening sentence, details that go with the opening sentence, and a closing sentence that sums it all up. Your children will also create books and other fun works that incorporate their new skills.
Editing will not be our focus in grades 1 and 2. With these young writers, our focus will be on getting our thoughts down on paper. In grade 3, we will being to edit our work. Your child will bring work home every other week OR we’ll hold it until the end and create a portfolio – it’s up to you.If you’d like homework for your child, we will supply age-appropriate worksheets and/or journals for daily writing. We’ll also assign vocabulary work.
Middle school is looming. Now is the time to sharpen those writing skills. For students in grades 3-5, we’ll move from BCRs to 3-paragraph essays. Your children will practice organizing their thoughts, creating topic sentences, and creating meaningful paragraphs. They’ll edit their work for grammar and spelling. Vocabulary work and literature will be a part of our discussion each week, as will comparisons of the works we’ve read.
Each session will begin with a reading. There will be two prompts each day. One prompt will be a response to the reading. The other will ask the children to relate their personal experience to the prompt. Some days the prompt will call for a comparison of our readings.
Editing is an important part of our work. Once the work is edited for grammar, spelling, and clarity, the children will complete a clean copy of their work. You will see both the unedited and edited versions of the work. Your child will bring work home every other week OR we’ll hold it until the end and create a portfolio – it’s up to you.
If you’d like homework for your child, we will supply worksheets and/or journals for daily writing. We’ll also assign vocabulary work.
Note: If you think your third grader is ready for this group in the fall, please give me a call or email me. In the spring, this class will be open to any 3rd graders who are comfortable with writing BCR’s and are ready to move on to longer written responses.