And, then, one of my girlies was hard at work on her book for "Young Author's". Working, working, working away... she comes up to me, clutching this piece of notebook paper to her chest with a huge grin on her face and says, "Where can I put this when I'm done?". I asked, "Are you done?" and got an emphatic head nod. This girl is so smart and so fun and so capable. So, I asked to see it and couldn't wait to see what she had come up with...
So, she rolls her eyes and blows her bangs out of her face... and grudgingly hands over the page.
And it looks something like this (this is my quick visual for you):
She did have a good title on her paper and her name... which, any teacher knows is a small miracle sometimes! So, I praised her title and sent her away to erase and do it correctly.
As the kids were packing up, she was loading her backpack and her story was laying at her table. I glanced at it and OH MY GOSH. It is SO good! My favorite line is when the main character asks to go to the ball (we're in the midst of a fairy tale genre study, so lots of my friends are writing Cinderella variations) and her step-cat-mother says, "With those huge hairy feet? They'd never allow those on the dance floor. Of course you can't go!" and poor Caterella... she GASPED and ran upstairs to her room.
And that's where the story left off just waiting to be
So that was my day. Her semi-finished writing brought a tear to this teacher's eye... and her scribbles made me laugh (on the inside, of course)!
AND... one of my good friends was accepted into the Special Education program at Western Michigan University today and my dad, who had his position at his job eliminated last summer, after months and months of searching got a new job today! So I'm so happy for both of them!!!!!
If you won my giveaway and you e-mailed me, I have sent out the files... so if you haven't gotten it, let me know! If you don't know if you won, check out yesterday's big reveal!