Children need to be taught the thinking skills that produce good writing.

Reasoning and Writing
Level A

Level A (70 Lessons), is suitable for Year 1 or 2 children.

Reasoning and Writing Level A prepares children for the higher-level thinking they will do in later levels of the program. Most of the skills the children learn are integrated into fun stories which are read to the children.

Children learn:

  • Following Directions
  • True/False
  • Sequencing
  • If-then
  • All, some, none
  • Classification
  • Right/Left
  • Questions and Clues: Using and Generating
  • Data
  • Alternative Solutions
  • Story Grammar
  • Writing

Reasoning and Writing
Level B

Level B (70 Lessons), is suitable for Year 2 or Year 3 children.

Children learn to draw logical conclusions, use facts and clues to anticipate outcomes, and also begin writing. They learn to compare details, express inferences, and write simple stories.

Children learn:

  • Classification
  • Sentence Construction
  • Directioins -north, south, east, west
  • Story characters' dialects
  • Deductions
  • Perspective: Relative size, relative direction
  • Temporal Sequencing
  • Clarity: Creating and correcting ambiguity
  • Reporting factually

Reasoning Tuition in Hamilton

To write well, students must be able to think well. With Reasoning and Writing, higher-level thinking is integrated with writing instruction to help students express ideas efficiently and effectively.

Reasoning and Writing Tuition,
Level D

Level D (110 Lessons), is suitable for Year 4 to 8 children.

Students get taught to identify problems and propaganda in advertising and arguments and to express these problems clearly through writing. By the end of Level D, students will be able to read and analyse an article, summarise objectively what the article states, and express in writing the inconsistencies and errors in the author's thinking. Students will be able to write precisely, give clear unambiguous directions, use facts in arguments, and distinguish general from specific information.

Children learn:

  • Parts of speech and sentence analysis
  • Punctuation
  • Pronoun Clarity
  • Writing Directions and Descriptions
  • Analysing Misleading Impressions
  • Sentence Types: compound and combined sentences; comparison sentences; summary sentences
  • Identifying Inaccurate and Unclear Directions
  • Identifying Misleading and Inaccurate Claims
  • Making Deductions
  • Finding Faulty Arguments
  • Narrative Writing
  • Writing Extended Critiques
  • Letter Writing
  • Writing Advertisements

Levels E and F are also available for any students who already have the skills needed to pass the placement test for those levels. Contact Douglas for more information (see below).

A typical lesson consists of a small amount of new material and practice exercises that require students to apply much of the previously taught content.

Tuition Details

Before starting, your child will take one of the Placement Tests. Results will show which Level your child is ready for.

Some children may be accelerated through the program, skipping some lessons.

Your child can work with the teacher in a one-to-one learning situation, or within a small group.

Drop your child off before school for a great start to the day. Have your child come here again after school and pick him or her up after work. Our address is 18 Thornton Place in Melville, Hamilton.

Douglas will be happy to talk to you if you live in Hamilton, New Zealand, and desire more information. Simply make a phonecall to:

07 843-9802

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