Reading and Writing

an original story 2Great readers become great writers!

I offer small-group classes that help children become joyful readers and writers in a fun, stress-free environment.

Children ages 4-6 learn letters to use their words to tell stories. In this group, children:

  • learn to read,
  • play with letter sounds,
  • make words & build sentences, and
  • discover the magic of reading & writing.

The cost of the class is $300 per student for the 12-session course. To provide quality care, teaching, and attention to every child, spaced limited to 4-6 students.

Children ages 7-10 learn to apply what they have learned as a reader to writing stories. This age group of children will:

  • explore short stories & chapter books,
  • discuss dynamic characters, contemplate their challenges, and name the qualities that make them appealing, frightening, hateful, or loveable,
  • learn how writers weave magical worlds, and
  • gain self-awareness to become more skillful in creating characters, and in relating to others in life—our real-life characters!

The cost of the class is $125 per student for the 6-session course. To provide quality care, teaching, and attention to every child, spaced limited to 4-6 students.

For more information, or if you would like to offer this after-school activity at your school or organization, please contact me at BarbaraARabin@gmail.com, or 650-450-2078.

When writers write, they face themselves on the blank page. That clean white piece of paper is like a mirror. When I put words on the page, I construct an image of myself on that whiteness. I may not like my spelling, handwriting, choice of words, aesthetics, or general cleanliness of the page. Until I can begin to capture what I want to say, I have to be willing to accept imperfection and ambiguity. If I arrive at the blank page with a writing history filled with problems, I am already predisposed to run from what I see. I try to hide my paper, throw it away, or mumble to myself, “This is stupid.” But with every dangerous, demanding situation, there is an opportunity to learn. Teachers who follow and accompany children as they compose help them to deal with what they see on the page.
–Donald Graves

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