Teaching Tips for Children’s Online Writing Classes! 

When it comes to teaching English online the array of lesson types available to students vary, with endless material and countless ways to learn, after all each child is different and the way they learn will be to. However, when it comes to things kids have in common, I think creativity and imagination are the biggest the similarities that being a child is all about.

When it comes to children’s English lessons, I believe this is important to keep in mind and what better way than with writing stories? A fascinating and skill empowering experience for kids to learn English that pushes them to develop and grow their skill set all the while tapping into their creative minds!

Children’s writing is such a must for kid’s English lessons. To see, witness and help children with their writing and giving life to their ideas, more often than not ending up with unique, funny and inspiring stories!

Here are a few tips to help children with their writing in their online classes.

  • Start off with a base, for children this should usually be a picture – a picture of anything from a castle with fairy-tale creatures or a busy school bus or underwater life… the possibilities are endless! 
  • Guide your students through all the aspects of picture! – Every detail should be looked at and discussed down to the colour of the flowers or the shape of the clouds or the expression on the characters faces 
  • Create a story base! What has happened before the? What will happening now? What will happen? And why? – When in doubt remember the 5 w’s and how? (who, what, when, where, why and how?)
  • Give characters names, make lists and categorise – often children’s minds are filled with so many ideas, it can be extremely very encouraging and helpful for children to sort their ideas into categorises – who is evil, who is good, etc… 
  • Be patient with your students! – They are thinking, talking and explaining in a different language than their own. Be patient and let their ideas come to life
  • Guide them, give them ideas and let them explain! This process takes time, young learners will either explain to you using sometimes far too many words as their creative ideas are over flowing OR they will get stuck and you will hear the sound of crickets- help guide and put your students on the right track. 
  • Make sure they are writing the story down too! As you write on screen your students should have a pen and their exercise book writing down their story too. 
  • After class, get them (or their parents) to take pictures of the work done in class. It is important to have students send their your written work to you. This is so you as the teacher can go through their writing on a pdf format, it is always great to start the next class, fix all grammatical mistakes with their written story book up on screen.
  • Be very encouraging, give lots of praise and be grateful, it can be very daunting for anyone to share their own creative ideas – be honoured you get to share that experience with them and they have trusted in you that honour.
  • Read the story together and get excited, show the students that you are also invested and interested in their story!
  • Encourage drawings – children love art, the more you get them interested in their story the better their work will be. I always encourage students to draw pictures for their stories which always makes them all the more creative! 
  • Lastly and most importantly have fun! Learning should be fun and smiles should be present on your face and your students!
  • For more tips or ideas for parents on how learning English in creative and fun ways can improve your students’ path to success try a free lesson and sign up as Creative Kangaroo!