Hello Sweet Friends,
I'm writing to you today to tell you about how wonderful people can be. It is amazing how so many share their time, passion, and love with our students. I want to write to you about an amazing woman who lifted my students up and made them feel incredible!
Her name is Athina and she is a published illustrator, as well as a great mom to one awesome kid I have the pleasure to teach!
Athina gave up 6 days out of her busy schedule to come to our class and teach our students about the makings of a good book.
She also believed in them and helped them become authors themselves, with the finished product being some of the best writing I have read all year.
Take a look at our book project!
First, Athina came in with some great story books. She read them to the class and discussed the illustrations, word choice, and meaning.
This was one of my favourite picks!
What a great book!
The next session was all about brainstorming. The students worked on their overall ideas for the book and some character development.
Following this, the students met with their editor (Athina) who advised them on the best direction to take and changes that could be made.
The students took their meetings seriously and worked with the suggestions that were made.
The writing process began and authors were in the making!
The fourth session is when the real fun started! The students got to write and illustrate their stories in book format and it was a great experience.
The kiddies continued this process for the last two sessions as well. They worked so hard and felt so proud! They even wrote a little Bio and added the school as their publishing house.
Our last session also included some sharing. Some of my most reluctant students read their stories to the class. The big smiles were contagious!
The kiddies were so excited to work with Athina and grew to love her so much!
They wrote some amazing Thank You cards for her.
We were sad that it ended but oh so grateful that we had this experience!
Thank you Athina for being a wonderful and inspiring teacher.
Until next time...