Beginning

Let’s see beginning through your lens! (Weekly Photo Challenge)

As a kindergarten teacher for more than a decade, I got to see many students’ early attempts at writing. The way five- and six-year-olds use sound-letter correspondence, express their ideas and knowledge, and write with no concern of being judged was always inspiring.

I hope you enjoy these writing samples, which show how empowering literacy is and the beginning of the understanding of this: What I think, I can say; what I say, I can write; what I write can be read by others.

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I Finally Have It

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy mom emailed me a couple of weeks ago. “I’m holding your new book in my hands and it’s just beautiful. I can’t wait to start reading it.”

What?!

I emailed my editor to let her know that others had my book and I hadn’t even seen it yet. She responded immediately, and somewhat sheepishly, and said she’d get a sample copy in the mail right away.

After a bit of a rigmarole (it got sent to the wrong address), I finally have the book.

I must say that, after working on this book for more than five years (I started researching and writing in Spring 2008), I’m a bit over it.

And, it was October 2010 when the publisher contacted me and said they’d like to publish it. Three whole years ago!

Regardless, I felt it was fitting to go out and celebrate, to bring closure to the whole thing.

Daughter Amy and Jim read the back cover then say, politely, "You don't expect us to read this to show our support, do you?"

Daughter Amy and Jim read the back cover then say, politely, “You don’t expect us to read this to show our support, do you?”