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Writing has always been my favourite subject in school, both as a student and now as a teacher. To help encourage my reluctant students to write, I put together a collection of prompts to appeal to them. Though Journal writing is generally a free topic in my class, some students feel stuck without direction. That’s where the cards come in handy. They were a staple in my classroom when I taught Grade 2 and 3, but essentially could be used in any grade. Feel free to download them and use them in your own classrooms. They work well in a binder inside sheet protectors or else cut and laminated as cue cards.
Hello friends. I started this blog to provide a space for people to discuss and share opinions on writing, which is a passion for many of us. In the spirit of this intention, I’d like to invite writers to showcase their work on my latest tab – Writers on a Limb, a home for poems, stories, opinion pieces, parenting experiences, reviews or even helpful guides for parents and teachers.
If you would like to share your talent, leave a reply on this post or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So go on, get out your laptop or dust off an old piece and let your words go out on a limb.
My common response to: when will he sleep over, a question directed at me by everyone from my family to my hairdresser years ago.
I’ve been separated and ultimately divorced for the better part of 12 years now. When my son was a couple of months old, his mom and I had to decide whether to raise him in a family where mom and dad were genial to each other, or in a situation where he can see the full extent of loving adult relationships. I’m glad that we chose the latter. The decision, although unpopular initially among our families, has provided my son with a much more vast life experience, albeit, in a less than popular circumstance.
Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds
This story is one that will touch the heart of any mother and child. A mother reflecting on her love for her child, and imagining each milestone with beautifully illustrated watercolor pictures, will draw you in. From that first meeting at the moment of birth to holding hands as they cross the street to riding a bike for the first time to seeing her grown up daughter waving goodbye, this story will keep you reading and maybe touch a part of you that has been hiding. Reading it with your children may offer both of you a sentiment that is only brought on by being deeply moved.
Watch a reading of the book here: Reading of Someday