Writing is all about expressing yourself. It can be quite therapeutic and it can also help you to clarify things that are on your mind. For your children, getting over the first step is the actual effort and challenge of putting letters on to paper and creating words and sentences. That is why it is so nice to have your teacher scribe for you when you are very young or when you are older and have a disability hindering your ability to put your thoughts into written form. I share my writing trials and tribulations with all of you each week so that your students can also experience the empowerment of writing and the sheer joy they experience when the hurdles are lessened and their words grace their paper for the first time or for the hundredth time. Please feel free to ask questions, share experiences and share this blog if you know someone else that would like to share in the joy of writing.
This week we were very busy with Christmas activities.
As I have blogged about before, we have been writing about random acts of kindness and thoughtful things that kids can do at Christmas that don’t involve buying gifts. Click here to see my last post about this that has a cute little book that you can pick up for free. We have adopted a family through the Christmas Bureau. It’s a single mom with 2 children. All week, many of my students have been doing little chores at home and earning money to purchase food and other little things for this hamper. Because this is the first time we have done this, we didn’t know what to expect. It coincided perfectly with this week’s writing theme: The Gift of Time. Students learned about what it means to give someone the gift of your time.
Students were also DOING not just writing about it. The older students helped us to sort through all of the boxes and as it turned out we have enough for TWO families!!
It will be so wonderful to drop off the hampers for the 2 families this Wednesday!
Thank you for reading this short little post today. Writing Sundays will be back after the first week back to school. (January 12th).
Susanna Westby says
How wonderful to have the children helping to sort all of the food, and to discover that you can help more than one person! I'm sure that's the sort of meaningful activity that motivates them to write with a purpose and from the heart. Wonderful job!
Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Thanks Susanna! It sure is heart warming. 🙂