Sunday, December 8, 2013


Do you know someone that struggles with writing?  This is a struggle for many of us and our loved ones.  I work with students that have excellent insight, values and ideas for writing, but lack the mechanical and visual spatial skills to write and spell legibly.  

Why?  What can we do about it?  We are lucky to live in this day and age of technology. Technology and the internet give us  many opportunities to express our ideas.  Encourage yourself and your young writers to express their ideas.  There are so many ways to do it!

I have to share this success story.  I had a particular student that struggled with writing and hated it.  His letters were big and crowded. He actually said to me, "I can't, I can't write."  This statement broke my heart. He had a point.  His words were misspelled to the point that he couldn't read it back to me unless he read it immediately after he wrote it.  

He and I wrote for ten minutes everyday.  He wrote about whatever he wanted to write about and then we shared. I commented on the really good parts of his writing, because he already knew his weaknesses.   He grew in his writing and his attitude toward writing.  I started working with him last year as a 4th grader he was barely writing a 3-4 sentence paragraph.  This year he is writing 5 paragraph essays using a 4-square organizational tool and a word processor with a tool called co-writer (a text prediction software program).  He's crafting some wonderful pieces of writing.  

How is his pencil to paper writing?  Well, he still flunks every spelling test and his writing is crowded and hard to read.  He's still working on it, but it doesn't stop him from writing.  

Check out this short and sweet video explaining dysgraphia!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Already?

It seems that the older I get, the more desperately I wish I could stop the world for a minute and add time to each day.  I feel this urgency to fill each day and then,  as each day ends, that need flows into the next day.
The saying, "Time flies when you're having fun" could be "Time flies when you're cleaning, decorating and baking" or "Time flies when you're talking with friends" or even "Time flies when you're reflecting while writing!"
Where was my appreciation for time when I was younger.  I was constantly wishing for the next event in my life.  I couldn't wait until I turned eight years old because the number seven was an odd number and I didn't like being seven anymore.  Wouldn't it be fun when I finally graduated from elementary school and finally went on to middle school and high school.  Impatient, for the day I got my driver's license, my first job or my first kiss.  I remember wondering if I was ever going to find a husband or have children.
Now, those four beautiful children are all grown and moved out with children of their own and I no longer wish for the next thing in my life to hurry and come along.  I want desperately to slow down and appreciate each minute.  What happened to November?  Is it December already?