Friday, February 6, 2009

Fact or Fiction?

I've always enjoyed writing. It's fun, it's enjoyable, I even like the grammar and sentence structure parts. I was taught well in my early years. I don't worry about grammer, etc on the blog, 'cause really who cares? But resumes, business letters, the like? oh yeah, I'm picky.

So....the 1st grader has writers workshop at school everyday. And he enjoys it too. He's a writer and getting quite good at it. There is only one problem. The boy doesn't want to write about the "small, true moments" like his teacher has requested. Oh no...who wants to write about getting dressed for the day or cleaning the room or other such BORING topics.

His preferred topics include volcanos, earthquakes and other such natural disasters. These are much more exciting! And you know, I think his kindergarten teacher would welcome these topics since last year all he wrote about were TRAINS. She had to tell us to please ask him to not write about trains ever.again. AMEN.

So, this year, the teacher has had to ask us to remind N about writing TRUE stories, not CREATIVE writing which is much more his forte. So, as much as I would like to read the last of the Trilogy entitled THE HUT by NCM (his initials), we will now be forced to read, "I brushed my teeth" and other such mundane writings.

I know it's important to follow directions at school, but wow, is it a struggle for this uber-creative boy. Lance and I are much more the "rule-following", by the book people, and this boy he challenges us each day. But also, he makes our days richer. He sees life in technicolor with a twinkle in his eye and I thank God for that!


Ladybug Fanatic said...

It is great he enjoys writing. I was a good writer when I was his age too. I liked to write stories and it didn't matter what topic whether fact or fiction, I was good at making it up as I went along :)

Jenn Greeley said...

So great that he is creative. Its hard to write about brushing your teeth and the like. I wouldn't want to either.

Becky said...

It is hard to understand but, each grade level has a type of writing that they are responsible for teaching and really focusing on. He'll get to that fun, creative part. Second grade will be full of "how to" least that's what it was when I taught it. Of course he can write all his fun stuff at home in his home journal...that's what J has always done!