Composition writing is an area which some parents may find challenging to coach their children in. Besides understanding the exam syllabus and marking rubrics, for children to do well in this paper, the child needs to have a strong vocabulary bank and a good dose of imagination to craft meaningful content.
To help your child become a better writer, there are other methods besides reading and memorizing model compositions.
Here at Melodious Cove, our English lessons go beyond homework guidance, instead we aim to develop our students to love learning the English language, discover the joys of reading, speaking and writing well, going beyond the curriculum. Our weekly classes encourage children participation where they are introduced to poetry, world affairs and local news.
As we help to support our children become better writers, we also believe in strong home-school support. Here are some tips from our English Teacher Devi.
1) Have a Journal
One way to build a strong vocabulary bank is to have a journal to write down interesting phrases and words your child encounters when reading books. Additionally, your child can also record unfamiliar words, together with the meaning of those words, he / she encounters. To continue to expand the vocabulary bank and understanding the meaning of some verbs, your child can also write down word clines, which is basically a string of words arranged in terms of “strength” or “intensity”. E.g. Mad -> Frustrated -> Furious
2) 15 minutes Rule
Form the habit of sitting down with your child every day listening to good English being spoken over the radio, TV or the internet. This could take place in the morning as you are heading to school or you can also explore borrowing audio CDs from the library where you can play them for your child. In the former, besides exposing your child to good diction and accurate pronunciation, it also serves as a good platform for your child to be exposed to interesting current affairs. I have had many meaningful discussions with my child on local and world news after listening to radio news.
Reflections are a fantastic way to get children to take ownership of their experiences and learn from them. As children record their reflections, they gather, sort and process information on what has happened / how they feel which aids them in cognitive development.
Besides developing thought processes, the sharing of reflections in journal also allows you and your child to foster a deeper bond as you gain insights from his / her sharing. The entries can be just 10 sentences long or in younger children, they can also draw out their reflections. The objective is to encourage a love of writing by getting your child to write about any matter that is of interest and is meaningful to the him/her.