The Slice of Life Writing Challenge 2021!

I have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge for many years but once my daughter was born, I found it really hard to make time to write and spend quality time with her after school too. I had a revelation that we could write together during the month of March and it was the best idea! It was a special time we shared together each day. I found that her confidence as a writer changed drastically and her love for writing has continued to grow each day since.

For those of you who haven’t met us before, here we are…

When I asked Marlowe if she wanted to introduce herself, this is what she wrote…

My name is Marlowe! I live on Mars! I’m an astronaut! I have a pet alien! Ha ha! Just joking! I will tell you tomorrow!

If you followed us last year, you will notice that her sense of humor hasn’t changed much, but her love of exclamation marks has been discovered.

As for me, I love to write poems. I am a rule bender by nature and I feel like poetry allows me to bend those pesky writing rules. I am looking forward to sharing little slices of our life and writing journey together with you.

C is for Cars… or Capital Letters

I am participating in the A-Z Blog challenge this year. I will write each day in the month of April with the prompt of the next letter of the alphabet. This year my 4 year-old and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!

Today Marlowe chose to write about cars! Look at these awesome sentences she wrote!

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They moov. Pepl drive them.

Marlowe has been really curious about writing lately and has started to read like a writer. When we are reading she has become very interested in the “dots” at the end of some words. She wanted to try those “dots” out in her writing today. I also noticed that when she thinks she has all of the sounds in a word, she asks if she needs a space. She is starting to use lower case letters more consistently in her writing too. One good thing about having her home with us is her daycare can’t teach her uppercase letters.

I HATE when early childhood educators start by teaching kids to write with capital letters. How often do you use a capital letter? RARELY! When we write, we use mostly lower case letters so why do they focus on capitals? Is it simply to make a Grade 1 teacher’s life more complicated. I spend most of Grade 1 nudging my students to use lower case letters when they write. What I need to learn is how to nudge my daughter’s preschool teacher and those around the world to STOP with the CAPITALS!

So I guess this post isn’t about cars after all…. C is for CAPITAL LETTERS!

(Please note I actually love preschool teachers! It is my one and only frustration, I promise!)