Writing & Reading

At Brighter Bee, This course will expose children to the fundamentals of strong writing and the writing process. The writing project will capture children’s attention by appealing to their creative side, while the material and assignments will teach them to think logically and communicate their ideas effectively. Students will learn grammar principles and elevate their vocabulary through reading activities and homework assignments.

















Writing Competition Rising 3rd to 5th grade


In this course, students will write and submit compositions to be considered for The Institute for Excellence in Writing's Magnum Opus Magazine, which is a premier showcase of work from students around the world.

The first four weeks of this course will focus on teaching students the basics of the IEW writing method so that they can compose a piece that adheres to Magnum Opus Magazine's guidelines. Students will engage in text reconstruction, which requires them to recreate existing passages in their own words. They will learn outlining strategies and receive lessons in foundational writing mechanics. Students will compose several one-paragraph writing assignments following this methodology.

In the second half of this course, students will learn specific stylistic techniques that they can employ to infuse their writing with more description and meaning. Students will select their favorite compositions from the first half of class, and they will spend the second half revising and improving these works. At the conclusion of the course, each child will have prepared at least one submission to send to the magazine.

Ms. Sydney completed her literature teacher training at the Center for Lit, an organization that has developed an excellent methodology called Teaching the Classics. This methodology helps students to understand and connect to classic works of literature. It emphasizes the Socratic method, and Ms. Sydney employs this strategy of teaching through asking purposeful questions in each of her classes. Students learn not what to think, but rather how to think. Ms. Sydney is also a Registered Instructor at The Institute for Excellence in Writing. She will incorporate various IEW writing principles and techniques into the lessons in this course.


  • Learn how to craft an award-winning composition from start to finish

  • Practice strategies for brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, and editing

  • Employ stylistic techniques to enhance writing

  • Engage in peer review


  • Text Reconstruction

  • Key Word Outlining

  • IEW Dress-Ups (-ly adverb, strong verb, quality adjective)

  • Writing Mechanics

  • Peer Review

  • Revising and Editing

Required Materials:

  • Students will need lined writing paper and a writing utensil for each class.

Ages 8+ 
Sydney Hoff

Besides writing for and editing magazines from 2009 to 2015, Sydney Hoff has also had teaching experience as an English language tutor, communication coach and teaching assistant.

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