Today both Sammy and Marcel have agreed to share their last summer journal entries* with their adoring fans. In Sammy’s case we wrote the opening sentence together, and then he dictated the rest. He’s been working on starting sentences with different words (instead of always using the word then) and ending with a closing sentence. When he can dictate, his writing is much meatier because he doesn’t limit himself to words he can spell! In Marcel’s case, the “post” is a drawing of a special memory, and a few sentences dictated to me about the drawing.
Since the week of starting school is about all of us JUMPING in, these posts feel wildly fitting. To safe and easy landings to all of you, wherever you are in the leaping.
Jump! By Sammy
Yesterday Shrek, my brother and I built a ramp. First, we got a wood plank and found two other little pieces of wood. Next, we found a piece of pipe. Then we put the little pieces of wood together with nails, a hammer and a drill. We attached them to the ramp part, and added the pipe after we cut it to a littler size. To make it more stable we added a small piece of scrap wood to make it steady. Finally we smoothed the edge so that I could go up it without bumping. The best part was when I jumped in the air.
Jump II by Marcel with a preface by Mommy
Preface: We had an amazing weekend with my brother in his new digs, south of us in Massachusetts. During the visit we went on an incredible 1/2 day whale watching cruise, where we saw several humpbacks jump completely out of the water.
In Marcel’s words; “this is a picture of of one whale jumping on one side, and a much bigger whale leaping out of the air on the other side. I am holding onto Uncle. Other people are on the boat too.”
* The goal was one journal entry a week over the summer. It ended up being more like one a month, with a total of three. We’re hoping to keep the journals up, at least once a month. It is a great deal of fun to go back and see how much we have grown in our writing, and thinking, not to mention all of our adventures.