Cottage Retreat {Celebrations}

July 21, 2014
Celebrate the big and little throughout the week at www.ruthayreswrites.com.

Celebrate the big and little throughout the week at http://www.ruthayreswrites.com.

selfieTammy’s cottage is a highlight of my summer. The BONS meet together for stories, sharing, and relaxation. We wrote too. The cottage is quiet and I found valued quiet time to focus writing an article. We arrived Saturday afternoon and stayed over through Sunday evening. Unfortunately, I did not post that evening due to no internet access. Ruth kept us updated on a softball tourney her daughter was playing in. S was playing great and the team was successful. Ruth was being a great mom, cheering her daughter on, and connected us via text messages. She was in our hearts. We missed you!

I celebrate friendship, connections, encouragement, laughter, fishing, ice cream, campfires, notebooks, revision and writing!

MHG.fish

After everyone left on Sunday evening, Tammy took me in the row boat. I caught my first fish ever!

 

Tammy caught the largest Bass. I caught 2 Blue Gil and 1 Bass. Lots of fun in the rowboat.

Tammy caught the largest Bass. I caught 2 Blue Gil and 1 Bass. Lots of fun in the rowboat.

 

Tradition: sitting around the campfire sharing stories and laiughter. Tam had fun keeping the flames going.

Tradition: sitting around the campfire sharing stories and laughter. Tam had fun keeping the flames going.

 

Ruthie and Tammy enjoying relaxation.

Ruthie and Tammy enjoying relaxation.

 

A new tradition: being creative with art. Last year we knitted. This year we painted.

A new tradition: being creative with art. Last year we knitted. This year we painted.

 

Tammy's birdhouse sits on the porch, displaying more beauty.

Tammy’s birdhouse sits on the porch, displaying more beauty.

BONS means writing and writing I did. I worked on an article, added to my notebook (Thanks Ruthie) and received a new one from Tammy. I didnt get a picture, but I clicked away on my computer. The cottage is the best setting for writing.

BONS means writing and writing I did. I worked on an article, added to my notebook (Thanks Ruthie) and received a new one from Tammy. I didn’t get a picture, but I clicked away on my computer. The cottage is the best setting for writing.

 

I usually share a book when we meet, so I had a book treat for each. I LOVE ice cream, so this book captured some laughs. We celebrated my birthday with ice cream bars afterwards. :)

I usually share a book when we meet, so I had a book treat for each. I LOVE ice cream, so this book captured some laughs. We celebrated my birthday with ice cream bars afterwards. :) Oh, and it was National Ice Cream Day yesterday too. How fitting!

 


Motivated {Celebrating}

February 8, 2014

I am joining in celebrating big and little accomplishments throughout the week at Ruth Ayres Writes.

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Notebook:
I am using a new notebook to help organize my to do lists. I LOVE placing a line through accomplished tasks. Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my heros, so the cover was quite fitting!

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Writing:
Yesterday I wrote that I conquered my writing monster this week. I have a two page outline for a presentation March 1 on finding craft in the books you love. I just needed to get over the blank page. I am really excited now! When one snow day turns into three, I choose to be proactive and positive!

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First Win:
Basketball has been a stretching experience for our freshman, Tim. The team has lost every game. Varsity has only won one. Tough season. Tim had originally planned to help out his friend to have a freshman team. Only 13 boys decided to commit to the team- total for varsity and JV. I have driven many miles to get him to practice, even on snow days. Their dedication paid off! They won last night! An exciting game for a proud mom!

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Write {Five Minute Friday}

February 6, 2014

Today’s prompt: Write.
Write. It’s good for you, my friend, Ruth Ayres shares, believes, practices.
Her encouraging voice whispers in my head. I can see Elsie, Linda, Christy and my BONS nodding in agreement. Those words sweep away the nagging writing monster in my head quipping, “Your writing isn’t eloquent, not worthy.” Ugh! I hate the fact that I allow that thought to linger, a fight I have often.

But today, the monster is crushed.
Today, the thoughts that have been swirling in my head are being captured by a pen.
Today I write …
and it feels good!

Stop.

I am participating in Five Minute Friday hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Will you join me?

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SOLC: First Grade Inspiration

January 17, 2012

Yesterday, I spent time in a first grade writing class. They were discussing revision strategies. Yes, at first grade. Revision is delightful, although it’s not always as elaborate as we might be thinking.

One student I conferred with was writing about football. He had written, “One afternoon, I played football.” I asked him what his purpose was for writing this piece. Jay said, “It was a great game. We won.” He had definite purpose.

We talked about how the action in the story could help share his purpose along with the illustration he had. I left and Jay busied himself with writing. When I checked back with him, he had written, “We played in the field. We won a trophy.” I then noticed a star between the last two sentences. I asked about the star. “I forgot to add in that he (pointing to his picture) threw the ball to me and I caught it.”

A large smile spread across his face. He was inspired and thrilled with his work. I was thrilled that my conferring had inspired him.


SOL: AllWrite!!! Summer Institute

June 21, 2011

Inspiring! Uplifting! Encouraging! Three words to describe the past two days at AllWrite!!! Summer Institute.

Katie Wood Ray shared her passion for books and encouraged us to keep reading. Debbie Miller share her thinking in giving students choice in books. Terry Thompson shared how graphic novels can increase comprehension. Ruth Ayres shared her writing lessons from a special swim instructor, Nate, which touched my heart to tears. And, Gordon Korman shared how time to write allowed him to create his first novel – in seventh grade.  I am refreshed!


March Madness – Slice of Life for 31 days

April 1, 2011

This year, I have learned to be creative.

I explored poetry and found that I have some hiding in me.

I pushed to find stories, to create humor from the conversations I hear.

I learned from others.  Reading the slices refreshed my spirit. It lifted me from the negativism around me into a community of writers who were willing to risk, to reflect, to rejoice.

I am part of a larger community and have “met” many wonderful writer:

  • I used my notebook and collected ideas.
  • I recorded blog sites.
  • I commented on 87 different blog sites (not counting the students who posted). :)

This year, I grew as a writer.


SOL 15: Trickles

March 15, 2011

Ideas

flow

in

trickles

Sometimes they go

fast

Sometimes they seem to sputter

out like an old jallopy

Comments

excite my thinking

Reading posts ignite a spark

creating images

on paper

Slice of Life fuels my writing

to think,

to create,

to write.


SOL 13: Sunday Afternoon (yawn)

March 13, 2011

1:57 p.m.

Nothing like a restful Sunday afternoon to refresh my soul. (yawn)

Time to grab my notebook, pen, and pick my favorite spot to write. (yawn)

I love snuggling (yawn) with my favorite lap blanket (yawn) in my cozy chair. (yawn)

An added bonus is Kip, my cat, (yawn, yawn) who curls delightfully on (yawn) my lap, (yawn)

contentedly, peacefully, (yawn, yawwwwn), purring…………

4:03 p.m. (eyes open, yawn, stretch)

Ahhh – the nap was superb.

Back to writing.

(True story :))


Winter Books

February 5, 2011

Throughout my blogging days, I have posted books about the current season or holiday.  I have listed all my books (hopefully) that I have posted in the index.  I highly recommend perusing it to see if a title stands out.

Below are a few books about winter that I have blogged about.  Enjoy!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snow Ponies by Jason Cockcroft (a favorite of mine!)

Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Samms II and Jean Stoick.


Library Mouse

July 14, 2010

What an adorable book Library Mouse is!  I loved it!  The book is a great read aloud that links reading and writing and the love of literacy.  Daniel Kirk shows children a simple yet fun way to enjoy the library.

Library Mouse

Sam the mouse lived in a library.  He would sleep during the day, but when the library closed, his exploration began.  Sam would read book after book after book.  His mind was filled with fun adventures.  Sam enjoyed the children’s reference section the best, my favorite.

…he thought life was very good indeed.”

Sam begins to write his own books, and slips each onto the bookshelf.  As children read his books, they are curious and want to meet the author.  Sam is rather shy, and he creates a fun way for each child to meet the author.  He places a mirror in the box.  As children look in, they realize they are an author and begin to write books themselves.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Library Mouse:

  • Types and genres of books – biographies, fairy tales, cookbooks, mysteries
  • Visualizing – a mural of scenes from books Sam has read “his imagination brimmed over with wonder and fantasy
  • Setting Lead that leads into a One Day moment – begins in the library and then, “One night Sam decided …”
  • Ideas – write what you know; inspiring children to write
  • Predictable Structure – time of day, “sunlight streamed through the windows“;child finds his book and show it to the librarian; book is read and liked; Sam writes a new book.

Class Book Idea:

  • Take a picture of each child in your class holding their finished published piece.  Each child can write an ‘about the author’ page.  Make a class book of “Mrs. Gensch’s Authors”
  • Beginning of the year – take a picture of each child with notebooks in their hand.  Maybe take a picture of their favorite idea page and make the idea pages into a class book to place in the writing center.
  • You could take pictures of the children working on pieces throughout the writing process.  A class book could be made of the writing process for the class to refer to.  They could make if for a younger grade level as well.  Title it ‘Writer’s Workshop’.
  • This same idea could be used for Reader’s Workshop.  Visuals help the children to be focused.

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