I’m happy to be joining Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes and others to celebrate and appreciate the goodness of the past week.
Here are the things I’m celebrating this week:
1) Spring Break is here! Ahhhh…I am celebrating the thought of two full weeks of extra time with family, books and just hanging at home! We are heading up to Kelowna to visit my mother in law and also hope to get in a few days skiing. I have a “to do” list that is always long – so perhaps I shall make an attempt to shorten the list! (or perhaps not!)
2) Book launch – Last week, I celebrated the launch of my 4th book – Nonfiction Writing Power. Phyllis Simon, co-owner of Vancouver Kidsbooks, hosted the event for me at her amazing bookstore. I was surrounded by so many dear friends, family and colleagues – not to mention books! Thanks to everyone who came and those far away friends who sent me well wishes and beautiful flowers! In my speech, I quoted Pablo Picasso – “The meaning of life is to find your gift – the purpose of life is to give it away”. I celebrate that I have found my gift and am now able to give it away through teaching, writing and presenting.
3) Nonfiction Writing Power in Action! – This term, I have been teaching some of my lessons from my new book to a grade 7 class at my school. Because they are focusing on Ancient Mesopotamia in Social Studies, I decided to link this subject to our nonfiction writing focus. Each student selected an invention from ancient Mesopotamia that has impacted our lives today. This list includes the sail, wheel, plow, calendar and mathematical counting system. Over the course of several weeks, I introduced four different nonfiction text structures including description, instruction, persuasion and comparison. I focused on text structure and the language features of these different forms. They then wrote several pieces about their invention in these different forms and then created posters. I was AMAZED at how much they learned about their ancient invention and several different forms of writing!
4) Workshop in Ashcroft – One of the many rewarding things about my work is being able to visit places in this beautiful province of British Columbia that I may not otherwise see. Earlier this week, I travelled to Ashcroft to present a workshop in Gold Trail School District. I was lucky enough to stay in a BEAUTIFUL Bed and Breakfast called Willow’N perched high on a hill with a views of the Thompson and Bonaparte River Valleys. After a delicious breakfast of fresh berries, yogurt, oatmeal and coffee, I drove down the hill to Ashcroft Elementary School and presented Nonfiction Writing Power to a group of teachers ranging from grade 1 to grade 11! It was a wonderful day!
5) Proud Mom – My 15 year old has spent the last 12 days in Arizona for spring training with his baseball team. He and a few other Jr. Players were was invited to join the Senior team for training and to participate in a tournament. He comes home on Sunday (I can’t wait!) I have missed him terribly but know he is having the time of his life! I’m very proud of him and grateful he has found his passion.
My 13 year old is fortunate to be attending an amazing Fine Arts School – the only public high school in Vancouver that offers a unique focus on performing arts, visual arts and band. His grade 8 class performed their first play last week – they had written it themselves. A great story-line – with some singing, dancing and humor mixed in. I was very proud to see how confident he was on stage.
6) Dog Scare – Our dearest dog, Bailey (Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever) is recovering from a very serious eye infection. She had a small scratch that got infected and went from bad to worse in a very short period of time. The vet thought that she might, in fact, lose her eye. After 2 weeks of a very rigorous eye drop routine (every 3 hours ALL day and night!) I am celebrating that she is on the road to recovery and will not lose her eye. The vet has now decreased the frequency of drops so my hubby and I are also celebrating being able to sleep a few extra hours!
It’s been a week full of celebrations and I am grateful for them all. What are you celebrating this week?