Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Back to School

Hi Knitters,
This morning I had the pleasure of going to my daughter's class to kick off a "How-To" book writing project they are just beginning. I had no idea what I was going to say before I arrived but I knew something would come out. I miss teaching in so many ways and it always rushes back to me when I get to do something like this. My daughter was my trusty photographer. It is fun to see things through her eyes.

So a "How-To" book is the perfect subject for me to discuss. I shared how I plan and make lists and brainstorm and create and finally, how I write. I often don't work in a linear fashion so I tried to be as organized as possible when I described how my How-To books come to life.
I shared my watercolor paintings,
my many sketch books,
how I pick yarns and scribble out patterns as I knit and how these chicken scratches become pictures and patterns in a book.
I hope the owner of this little hand makes a wonderful How-To book for his class.
In light of poetry month at my daughter's school she gave me permission to share this poem she wrote and shared with me this morning:
If I Were in Charge of the World
If I were in charge of the world,
I'd make sleepovers everyday,
Candy at school,
And soda in the living room.
I'd have dessert every night,
No one would copy,
And everyone would have a cool talent.
There would be water slides in school,
The poor would be wealthy,
And human beings would be called "friendly beans."
School would only be for an hour,
Rain forests would be kept safe,
And water fountains would be filled with root beer.
The End.
If only she were in charge...
best, susie


Anonymous said...

Great blog, but I have to say I love your daughter's poem most of all! Made my day!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

AndreaLea said...

That is so cool that you were able to share your talents with your daughter's class! It would be a treat to see what kind of "how-to" books those kids come up with. :)

And what a sweet poem. I could go for some root beer out of the drinking fountain today.

Sarah said...

What a great poem. Sounds like a lovely world to me.

: )

peaknits said...

What a great talent you have to share with your daughter's class! Love her poem - what a talent herself! I'd vote for her If I were in charge I would probably ask for diet coke over rootbeer in the fountains though:) sematics.

Jimberlys said...

SO SWEET! You are a lucky Mom. I am sure you know that!

Denise said...

Oh my you HAVE to frame that poem, it's just beautiful.
So neat that you could share with your daughters class how to do a how to book :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh how I also wish your daughter were in charge! What a great project for the children. It's wonderful that you can help them on their way.

Sarah said...

Your daughter's poem is just precious :)

Anonymous said...

Terrific poem! Isn't it great seeing the world from a child's eyes?


Knitterella said...

What a great poem. I can see the creativity you have has been passed down to your children!

Tracy Batchelder said...

I would have enjoyed being in class that day. How fun.

Your daughter's poem is wonderful! I like "friendly beans". Is there a story behind that?

Girl Raised in the South said...

Love the poem! From a child's heart.