In the years from kindergarten through second grade, children build the foundation for all the subsequent learning they will do in their lives. Because at this age their ability to express themselves blossoms as they begin to write, getting a strong start as a writer can make all the difference to their future academic success. Children this age have questions. They love to tell stories. They love to learn about the world and share what they have learned. An outgrowth of all this is that they want to write books themselves – to share their stories and knowledge with the world. Young children naturally want to make things, and one of the things they can make is writing. At the beginning of Lower School, students are introduced to writing in narrative, informational and persuasive genres, such as personal narrative, all-about nonfiction books and book reviews. They become familiar with each stage of the writing process—rehearsal, drafting, revising, editing and publishing—and learn strategies for moving through each of them.
Expert in all aspects of teaching the writing process – after all, they have written some of the most widely-known books on teaching writing – our tutors support emerging student writers by providing them with instruction that balances composition, conventions, and independence. With knowledge of every important step that primary students take as they develop as writers, our tutors reinforce and extend the teaching primary students receive in school. Our tutors excel at introducing children, in age-appropriate ways, to each stage of the writing process, to the basics of author’s craft, and to spelling, grammar and punctuation. They show children mentor texts – beautifully written model pieces – that expose them to a wide variety of writing genres and writing crafts they can emulate.
Our tutors help your child communicate in writing – and want to communicate in writing. They help emerging writers use their writing to tell their stories and share their interests. For example, if a child is a Lego-builder, we help them make a book about Legos. We help students develop the habits of a writer and the disposition to put what they care about into words and illustrations on a page.