Summer Programs

The new KidWrite! Summer Club combines Book Talk and Mini-Workshop activities in two-hour sessions that meet twice a week . Your child can come once, twice, or more. The work we do each session varies – it’s not the same thing each time. Your child will work in an age-approprite group. The books discussed come from the Book Talk list. The writing is as described in the Mini-Workshop descriptions. The pizza, ice cream, and fun? Those remain the same!

Book Talks offer the perfect opportunity for your child to mix some summer socializing with summer reading and a bit of writing. We meet to discuss the books for that Talk while we enjoy ice cream or pizza. – Grades K-2 discuss characters and action.
– Grades 3-5 discuss characterization and plot points.
– Grades 6-8 discuss characterization, plot points, and technique.
– Grades 9-12 discuss characterization, plot points, technique, and the way the book relates to their experience.

How Book Talks work:

Book Talks are held weekly in Rockville.
– We will discuss one book each week.
– Your child is welcome to attend one or all.

Book Talks for the K-2 crowd:
– We will discuss one book each week.
– Discussion will be about characters and action.
– Your child will draw/write or write/draw about the book.

Book Talks for grades 3-5:
– We will discuss one book each week.
– Discussions of characterization and plot points will use examples from each of the three books.
– Your child will write about one aspect of the book.

Book Talks for grades 6-8:
– We will discuss one book each week.
– Discussion of characterization, plot points, and technique will use examples from each of the five books.
– Your child will write about several aspects of one book or one aspect of several books.

Book Talks for grades 9-12:
– We will discuss one book each week.
– Discussion of characterization, plot points, and technique will use examples from each of the five books.
– Your student will write about several aspects of the book and how it relates to their experience or their understanding of a broader topic associated with the book.

Everyone will be encouraged to join in the discussion.   

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Summer Writing Mini-Workshops keep your child’s writing skills sharp over the summer while allowing your child to enjoy a bit of fun in the process. We meet to write, with a break for ice cream or pizza and some social time. – Grades K-2 learn to recognize strong writing.
– Grades 3-5 practice the basics of strong writing.
– Grades 6-8 work to master the use of specific techniques.
– Grades 9-12 work to relate what their reading to their own experience.How Summer Writing Mini-Workshops Work:

Writing Mini-Workshops are held weekly in Rockville.
– We work on the skills your particular child needs.
– Your child is welcome to attend one or all workshops.
– Workshops meet on Saturdays. Choose the dates that fit your schedule.

Writing Mini-Workshops for grades K-2:
– We talk about what makes that story fun to read.
– We make up a story together.
– Your child draws/writes or writes/draws a story using what we’ve discussed.
– There are two 15-minute breaks for fun and socializing.

Writing Mini-Workshops for grades 3-5:
– We listen to two stories that exemplify strong writing.
– We discuss what makes the stories strong.
– Your child creates a story, using what we’ve just learned.
– There are two 15-minute breaks for fun and socializing.

Writing Mini-Workshops for grades 6-8:
– We begin with a writing warm-up.
– We discuss the importance of details, word choice, and organization in strong writing.
– Students write a story or essay using the designated features.
– Student and instructor confer on edits that enhance the writing.
– Students share their work – or not.
– There are two 15-minute breaks for fun and socializing.

Writing Mini-Workshops for grades 9-12:
– We begin with a writing warm-up.
– We discuss the importance of details, word choice, and organization in strong writing.
– Students write a story or essay using the designated features in a way that relates to their life or a larger truth.
– Student and instructor confer on edits that enhance the writing.
– Students share their work – or not.
– There are two 15-minute breaks for fun and socializing.