Monday, October 4, 2010

The Me Book Melee

Good Morning, one and all. 

I hope this Monday finds everyone healthy, wealthy and wise!

So I have high writing hopes for the day and the week.  It's quiet here and the majority of my must do stuff is done!  Yay!  It kills me to put stuff in front of my writing, but sometimes that's just the way it goes.  I've had an influx of ideas of late that I need to jot down before they fall back into the haze.  I'm also very close to finishing another story I started a while back, so today that is the priority.

Now what is this melee I spoke of in the blog title, well I'll tell ya.  My little Darling Diva is in the 5th grade this year and they are kicking off their how to write lessons.  You remember this, right.  For me it was a hellish bout of memorization and a lack of anything that had to do with fun. 

I can still hear the teachers with their..."Repeat after me, a noun is a person, place or thing.  A verb is an action word.  An adverb describes the verb....."

What!!  Wait, describes the verb, what does that mean?  You know, memorization is great for some things, like state capitals and math facts, but soooo not for the parts of a sentence.  You gotta do to get that.  Use it, practice it, find new ways of absorbing what a noun, verb and adverb is....

Enter in...The Me Book!

At DD's school, they are doing a year long project called, you guessed it, The Me Book.  In this book, the kiddo's make the front and back of the book and on the inside, they fill it with information about themselves-  Family trees, about the author, memories from past school years, travels, friends etc...  For each week they are required to turn in a different page and in that week they work on some new thing.  Last week, it was third person, this week the verb and adverb.  Freaking fun if you ask me, what better way to introduce writing than to make it a fun, keepsake about themselves.

Anyway, I just had to share that.  I love to see schools try something different to teach the basics rather than the "old school" ways I learned.  Kudos to those schools who are stepping outside the box!

Have a great week everyone.


  1. Ooooh, fifth grade was one of my favorites because of my teacher. As I recall we weren't taught that way. We did have samples, then had to write our own sentences. But the Me Book sounds fun.
    We did write little stories.

  2. Ooh Savanna, that would have been nice, samples and your own sentences...I must have fallen into the let's learn by repetative measures type of teaching...LOL

    Yep, helping DD with the Me Book has been a lot of fun so far. :)