As part of the holiday lessons, our new Primary 1 student had read a story book and completed some grammar activities.
"Would you like to make your story?" As a teacher I was prepared to let her make a choice between story creation and other language activities.It was afterall the last school holiday lesson before the Christmas break.
She chose to create a story, so we decided on a 6-frame story board, where she drew pictures of her characters and plot. Box 1 was the start, boxes 2 to 5 formed the middle, and box 6 was the end. Then we went step by step, writing lines to show what happened in each box.
Some useful tips for parents looking to guide their children in writing:
1) Let the children first express the story by talking and drawing.
2) The first version is not the final version - don't be worried about correcting things like story logic or spelling. Let the children come up with as many ideas as possible. Reserve judgement.
3) When the story is in formation, focus on checking the ideas with the children. Help them verbalise their ideas if they need the help.
4) In the physical writing process (ideas are on pen and paper), let the children finish one part of the story. Then go back and review grammar and spelling for that part. There is no need to correct grammar and spelling immediately when the sentences are still being written. Such correction can be disruptive for the children's thought processes.
5) It is alright to dictate some parts to the children who need help expressing themselves. They might not know all the necessary grammar structures for their stories. The specific grammar rules can be taught later.
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