Category Archives: Creative Writing

A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France

What would YOU build with Stalagmites?

Stalagtites

http://www.kidsdiscover.com/quick-reads/how-stalactites-and-stalagmites-form/

http://mocomi.com/stalactites-and-stalagmites/

Mysterious structures found deep inside a French cave are the work of Neanderthal builders who lived in the region more than 100,000 years before modern humans set foot in Europe.

The extraordinary constructions are made from nearly 400 stalagmites that have been yanked from the ground and stacked on top of one another to produce rudimentary walls on the damp cave floor.”

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/25/neanderthals-built-mysterious-cave-structures-175000-years-ago

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/the-astonishing-age-of-a-neanderthal-cave-construction-site/484070/?utm_source=QuartzFB

Libraries Are Some of My Best Friends

Here’s why:

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When I was in high school , someone gave me a copy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. It changed my life on many ways… Most of all, I admire Malcolm’s voracious quest for the truth and his unending pursuit of self change and transformation.
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‘Nuff Said.

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This ABC BOOK is more than an easy reader. I love alpha beta books because they are often powerful compendiums of arcane knowledge hiding in disguise.

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Many libraries such as Pierre Botineau and Nokomis and Roosevelt ( above ) have science ( X rays) and other hands on activities for children to explore.

Writer’s Workshop

I call it Writer’s Workshop but reeally you can’t be a good writer without being a good reader. And in Montessori, writing comes first. For the emergent Literacy neophyte, It’s easier to reproduce the sounds and images from one’s own mind than to guess at what some author you never met was trying to say. More info from Maria here.

Some of my heroes of writing:

  1. Ralph Fletcher
  2. Writing Down the Bones with Natalie Goldberg
  3. Bird by Bird
  4. Paul Fleishman
  5. Donald Graves
  6. Lucy Calkins

Tools:

  1. Read Write Think

Magic

Sarah Kay says, ” I write poem to figure thing out.”

 

Kay Sarah Sera

“I am young enough to know about Magic Cats” and Fairies. Are you?

Poet, Sarah Kay, reading one of her poems:

Here’s another of her poems, that actually became a short picture book called

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“If I should have a daughter…”

(Teachers, Check out “Ten Things I Know to Be True”

at 10:00)

Why do you think she decided to call it that? Do you think she would say the same things to her son? Why or why not?
What verse will you add to the cosmic story ?

What will be YOUR gift to this wide wise world?