Dear parents of the class of 2018,
It was my very great pleasure to come to your children’s 5th grade class this morning to discuss what it is like to be a writer. The room became electrified with excitement as I sat amongst your kids who were eager to share their writing experiences. I was impressed by the questions, questions and more questions! You should have seen their enthusiasm as we formulated our own story, each taking turns to come up with the next line about the “time bomb” in my handbag. Never fear, our story ended on a positive note due to some very clever contributions from the class. I am still smiling about it now 3 hours later.
Your children want to write and they are excited about it.
They want to be free to write without criticism or correction. I heard words today that I didn’t quite expect from 5th graders.
feelings, emotion, poetry, comedy, fantasy…oh yes and time bomb (about 10 times)
Your children want to express themselves through writing. Invest in them. Buy them a jotter, a notebook that is theirs and theirs alone where they can dream, create, and experience the wonder of writing.
Something to note…. I read this week that Rutgers University recently paid Snooki $35,000.00 for a speaking engagement. Its doubtful that she was there to discuss the importance of writing, but more likely looking to inspire the tanning bed users of tomorrow with her orange glow. In my opinion, this is a sad reflection on our society that we put such value on reality TV stars.
While Mumbldyhumf Elementary School did not pay me $35K for my speaking engagement….
I had an experience which was priceless.