The mission of the KIDS WRITE CLUB™ is to help improve self-expression, using authentic, reflective writing to encourage literacy development in youth knowing the end result means becoming published authors. We believe that you cannot start children writing early enough therefore the sooner a literacy program that revolves around writing is implemented, the stronger the chances of tackling social disorders will become. This real-world literacy program helps students create their own books.
The Kids Writing for Kids (K4K) concept was developed based on extensive research done by our team of experts over the last five years. Once the program was executed and books produced, the reaction of the student’s peers unequivocally validated the program. They listened and accepted what they read given the familiarity and connection with the stories. The students reading and those listening felt less isolated and safer using this platform and sharing. The Kids Write Club (KWC) literacy program works because students are engaged and their teachers use our lesson plans as source material. This ensures the children will pay attention and apply themselves. The evaluation of these students has shown remarkable results. Students have achieved above average marks. Students with special needs including physical disabilities or traumatic experiences are able to share and express the very obstacles that have challenged and impeded their learning abilities.
At the elementary level, the KWC program focuses on children sharing their lessons using narrative and reflective story telling. The “I matter” concept has been implemented and successfully executed. An entire category of children’s books written by children have been produced.
Our World today
In our “click, click” world our children’s attention span has dramatically decreased. Today’s youth only react to instantaneous results. Schools cannot expect to help fight any battles against social disorders and illiteracy by keeping the same practices of using large text books and long lectures. Students are just not interested. Our studies have shown that when students are presented with work that involves their thoughts instead of having to apply their thoughts to foreign work, the students were motivated. The KWC program was used as an anti-bullying program in our pilot project. What the end result showed moved every teacher, parent, and member of the board.
How the student’s benefit
The shy students became vocal. The bully became soft and wrote about his abusive life and why he abuses others. The victims of bullying spoke out about how they would teach the bullies a lesson. The students with physical disabilities spoke of their self-pride. The students, who started writing in third-person, owned their stories at the end. The young kindergarten students created mini fairy tales that no adult could match while the Grade 5 & 6 classes shared incredible acts of heroism and achievement. Students were instructed to share stories that would help teach other students lessons—something we never expected—and produced their own lessons learned.
The KWC program is currently being implemented into hospitals and schools around North America and has become a staple in the battle against bullying encouraging students to their voices.
For more information on how to get your school on board, please contact Helen Georgaklis at email@example.com.