Writing 101 Challenge: Unlock Writing

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I thought it would be fun to participate in the WordPress June writing challenge. I may not write every day, but it will get my creative ideas working. Today is simply to write anything w/o stopping for 20 mins & publish.

I’m currently writing this the old fashioned way w/ pen & paper. To be more exact, I’m writing in bed with an awesome pen that lights up. (I’m not using now.) My own hand is now slightly cramping as I quickly write.

What does my writing look like? I think fairly clear in nice cursive-like print. I’m an elementary teacher and I can tell you how handwriting has declined. Hardly anyone practices penmanship, so you can almost forget about cursive.

Sure we use computers every day, but the art of writing nicely shouldn’t end. I make handmade notecards that I send…the old fashioned way by mail. The joy of receiving ‘real’ mail doesn’t occur as often as in the past. A ‘hello’ in your inbox compared to mail box isn’t as gratifying.

I remember looking at my grandmother’s writing on letters, recipes, and daily lists. It looked beautiful. Handwriting then was taken with time & care.

Many believe cursive should be thrown away in classrooms. Sadly, many students aren’t even taught basic hand typing skills. I sometimes can’t even read a student’s name. (‘The first thing I do is pick up my pencil and write my name’. Song to get students to remember name.)

Handwriting should still be taught in classrooms. It sounds harsh, but you really can tell a lot by someone’s handwriting. Write a handwritten notecard, list, or just practice today.

I should write more fast & freely thinking. Ideas just flowed out of me. I may want to go back and edit, but that’s not the point. Just unlock your writing potential to share.

Now, it’s time to type this handwritten post.

Designing a Dr.Seuss-like Fountain

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Regarding the Fountain: A Tale in Letters, of Liars, and Leaks

by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Ages 8+, 138 pages

I LOVED this book for many reasons! I found myself smiling and laughing aloud while reading it, so I cringe putting on actual ‘age’ on this book. The entire book is done in the form of letters, postcards, memos, artwork, and newspapers. I love reading letters, perhaps since hardly anyone writes personal letters anymore with today’s technology. A middle school principal asks for a new drinking fountain to be built, since the present fountain is old and leaky. He contacts Florence Waters who designs custom water fountains and this is when the fun begins. Florence’s designs are unique and she’s very passionate about her designs, so she asks for student creations. Communication begins between students and Florence. There are wonderful illustrations of students’ fountain ideas. Florence travels around the world for fountain designs, so children learn about new discoveries. Lies are slowly unveiled as students research Dry Creek’s history and gather more information about the fountain. At times I probably looked odd reading the book, since I was reading it upside for pictures. Also, the various letter examples help children learn how to write letters. I described it as a ‘Dr.Seuss‘ fountain, because Florence Waters doesn’t make ordinary fountains instead her only limitations are what she thinks. I highly recommend this book!