Here on the island, school is ending in T-minus 13 days. The day when havoc tears down the Jenga building. Kids will be heard & seen...everywhere!! Pack your zombie apocalyptic gear in your mini-vans now - they will suck us dry these next few months!
But this year, I kinda helped create these children zombies...
When my son's 4th grade teacher found out I write, she scooped in at the start of the school year, asking me to carve out time in my work week. So, I dedicate an hour every Wednesday, taking a group of kids to a side room and torture them with showing not telling exercises, descriptive writing, analogies, similies, etc. Then give them a one word prompt, expecting a short story in one week. Things like a button, a door, and a wheel. The following week is one-on-one's, where we tear apart the story, and rebuild it with intriguing beginnings, climax middles, and wrap-it-up endings. I always say "let's add some pizzazz!" Finally, I read their old version to the class & let the student read their brand spanking new story!
I kid you not, I'm so proud of them I choke up every time.
Kids are the biggest S.O.S sponges God ever created!
You'll also find me in my daughter's kindergarten class those mornings doing interactive dry erase board stories where they'd have to say what it is I'm drawing, sound out words, tell me answers, and at the end...create the story's name. My daughter volunteered me, that stinker! But oh my heavens they're sickly creative creatures, too! And sometimes, I'd take a book, and read it. But not just read it-read it, it needed to be acted out by everyone. Sounds made, movements moved, just tons of fun!
There's nothing more rewarding then walking in a room, & the kids smile, yelling to the teacher "She's here! She's here!". Followed by a few hugs & a few "I like your shirt, and your hair, and your jewelry, and..." (Kinder reactions) And then an "ahhhh-man" when not picked for groups. Or the big "this story is awesome!" when we revise it. (4th grade reactions)
Last week, I not only received this awesome thank you candy bouquet for volunteering....
...but also a refreshed passion for writing! When you get to teach what you know, surprisingly you start "getting it" more. But I'm just happy to be asked to do it again next year...
(crossing fingers for a bigger candy bouquet!)
What experience(s) have you had through children or adults that helped you "get it"?