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I Write…

writing-with-penI write. A lot of the things I write are silly stories a five year old could put together and yet, I write. It puts me in my happy place. Even if I am outraged about what I’m writing, it makes me happy. It empties my constantly filled mind that prevents me from sleeping at night due to endless thoughts. These endless thoughts frustrate me so I yell ‘shut up’ endlessly and then I can’t sleep due to the fact that all I hear in my head is the phrase ‘shut up’ and countless variations of it. Before you read on, I’d like to forewarn you that I ramble a lot and plenty of the things I say only make sense in my head most of the time. 

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Journal Writing Prompts 2

Part 2 of the popular Journal Writing Prompts

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Journal Writing Prompts 2

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.

 

You want to share

Lora-Mauricio - 0018Hello 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 wordsonalimb@bell.net.AuthorCoffee

So go on, get out your laptop or dust off an old piece and let your words go out on a limb.

When he’s ready…

Mauri Avatar“He will when he’s ready.”

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.

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Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds

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

Mauri AvatarMr. Peabody & Sherman – Review
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“Every dog should have a boy”.

So says the charming pooch, Mr. Peabody, in 2014’s second major studio animated feature offering. In my opinion, this film outshines The Lego Movie in humour, 3D animation quality but most of all personality, if not commercial appeal. The story follows a brilliant, well-travelled, articulate beagle as he strives to give his adoptive son a balanced upbringing; his primary technique – a time machine. As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless – learning about Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution, King Tut in ancient Egypt, DaVinci during The Renaissance and the Greek army as they prepared inside the famed Trojan Horse. All is well until Sherman, the adopted son, begins school and is taken away from the safe haven of his dad’s home and has to deal with a world that does not have a WABAC machine.

I was impressed how the film could hold both my attention and that of the young kids watching with me. This is a trick reserved for only the best animated features – typically, one of the two falters. I was further impressed by the ease at which several significant positive messages were layered over a funny and action packed tale. I noted clever lessons on bullying, consequences of not listening to a parent’s advice, thinking outside the box, having confidence and remaining calm, to name a few. The one that I enjoyed the most had to be that it’s ok to be a smart kid, to enjoy history and science. I patted myself on the back every time I was able to follow the various inside historical double entendres sprinkled throughout the movie.

As a parent, having a story that not only entertains your children but also teaches them is highly desirable. We all came out wiser, entertained and commenting endlessly about our favourite parts, the hallmark of all great shows. Go see it, I say!

By Mauricio Bonifaz

Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney

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This beguiling bedtime tale features a young rabbit and his indulgent parent. Searching for words to tell his dad how much he loves him (and to put off bedtime just an tiny bit longer), Little Nutbrown Hare comes up with one example after another (“I love you as high as I can hop!”), only to have Big Nutbrown Hare continually up the ante. Finally, on the edge of sleep, he comes up with a showstopper: “I love you right up to the moon.”(Dad does top this declaration too, but only after his little bunny falls asleep.) Effused with tenderness, this charming story has a quieting effect just right for that last soothing tale before sleep. Ages 3-up.

Take a peek here: Guess how much I love you

Daily Journal Writing Prompts

Journal WritingHappy Sunday everyone. 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.