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Tutor your child and gain new skills

Why not tutor your own child in the art, dare I say, of writing short stories. You'll have all the advantages of doing it in your own home, not paying any fees for a real professional tutor, and understanding what your young one is being taught, because you did it.

Don't have the knowledge? That's where I can help. I focus on boiling down the tough information into something you can read through quickly and something that's easy to remember. Take the Five W's for example. I researched some papers that explain these concepts but they use very complicated terms. Sometimes I get sleepy reading all this information. You would too. Anyway, when I am done I summarize the ideas in my own words and in a much smaller space. And voila! You can now benefit from that work. Also, for the purposes of this site, I try to explain things so that you and your child can understand it the same way. So both of you can read the material at the same time and share in the experience. It's that easy. Now you can tutor yourself and your child.

So what you need to do is go step by step... a mini-plan. And the one I've put together for you will highlight the important parts in an easy format.

Here it is...

Choose the right time and place

There's not much point trying this on a sunny Saturday morning when the kids want to go out and play. So it probably has to be a day that you both have off, or you work from home and the child is contagious or something more pleasant, but bored silly. Or maybe it's just one of those awful rainy days in which case you need some rainy day activities. Home is best of course, and you both need to be at a desk, pencil and paper in hand.

Be comfortable

If either of you is hungry, hurting or tuckered out, this is not going to work. Maybe you both finished lunch an hour ago and you can set up for an afternoon snack at the desk. That might make it more enjoyable and be something to look forward to next time.

Remove the distractions

Turn the TV off. Remove the favourite toys from immediate view. Perhaps you could even tell the best friends that this is study-time with your child's tutor. And be sure to let the incoming calls go to voicemail!

Set the mood

Is your child in a good mood? If not, stop now. No need to have him or her associate this new tutoring experience with both of you getting upset.

Discuss theme ideas for a story

You'll have to suggest some ideas until the young one gets the trick. Try to have the ideas remind you of a special trip or happy event in the past, but something you both know about. Later, with practice, your child can write about things unknown to you, and you may be quite impressed.

Study the basics

The elements of a short story are crucial. And make notes that satisfy the Five W's. This won't take long, and is a great habit to get into.

Outline the story

This is really quick. Too much here and your child will lose interest. Just make it simple, a few phrases. Show them a timeline to follow.

Cover all the bases

Review my getting started material on wordprocessors etc.. Have you looked at everything in there. Have you chosen a wordprocessor? Will the story be written first and then keyboarded? Will the story have any kaboom at the end?

Ready - Set - Go... Slow

Try to get through the first paragraph or section successfully. Tackle small pieces first and be happy with the result. Any big project seems difficult at first glance until you break it down into smaller pieces. Take one at a time and don't expect to get any further today. See if the experience was enough to draw the child back for more later. If your child wants to do more on the story later, or another day... fantastic! You have made a tremendous achievement.

Well done!

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