Recap: Writing Enrichment for Children

Participants in our Writing Enrichment L.O.V.E. Project on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, embarked on writing projects – from creating unique stories on paper to composing the story of how earth works on a large poster. One of our participants even stepped outside of his comfort zone to share his “Earth” story with us at our open mic event that Saturday!

The common core writing standards require children to write in a variety of genres. Writing proficiency is a process that can take many years to develop. This workshop was designed to engage 7-12 year old children who struggle with or are simply disinterested in writing.

New 2017 L.O.V.E. Project Session: We need to hear from our parents!

2017 L.O.V.E. Project Session!

We are getting ready for our summer L.O.V.E. Project (Lifting Others Through Voice and Education) sessions! As with last summer, this summer’s sessions will provide parents and children with critical learning tools, skills and information on topics like the common core standards.

The common core writing standards require children to write in a variety of genres. Writing proficiency is a process that can take many years to develop. Our upcoming session(s) will be designed to engage 7-12 year old children who struggle with or are simply disinterested in writing.

Children will start, if not publish, a short, fun writing piece they can take home and continue to work on over the summer. Writing materials will be provided during the session; however children can bring a laptop or tablet if they are familiar with creating simple word docs.

To assist with the planning of these sessions we ask that you submit this brief survey. If this session doesn’t impact you but you know parents who might be interested, please forward this survey to them!

New: Sacramento Poets Directory

Sacramento Poets Directory

DSC_0344 copyI’ve started a  brand new directory for poets from Sacramento (and close areas) to list themselves in!

Though Sacramento may not necessarily be known as an “arts” town, it certainly boasts its share of poets. As part of Scriptorium’s effort to elevate the visibility of poetry – and poets – in our community, I have started this directory with the intent to:

1) Expose poets from Sacramento (and close areas)

2) Give poets from Sacramento (and close areas) a resource through which to meet and engage

3) Help poets from Sacramento (and close areas) gain some level of visibility for their work in our community and beyond

Check out our directory and get yourself listed! 

Recap: Strategies for Overcoming Life Adversities

IMG_8879 copyOn Saturday, July 30, 2016, our second  L.O.V.E Project, Strategies for Overcoming Life Adversities, featured some practical advice on living well. The session highlighted ways all people can benefit from posturing themselves with basic attitudes, strategies, and principles in life, with focuses on:

  • Humility
  • Diligence
  • Support Systems
  • Gratitude
  • Forgiveness

Thank you to John and Leah for their love and wisdom in leading this session!

Inaugural L.O.V.E. Project: Strategies in Education

Our inaugural L.O.V.E. Project session kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Robbie Waters Library and was a tremendous event! I wish more people could’ve heard these remarkable educators – with more than 90 combined years experience in education – share their insight into how we can serve our students as parents, teachers, and communities. If you are a parent, this event was for you as we head back into the school year.

Critical thinking is an essential component of Common Core. How often are you encouraging your children to critically think?

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Lisa Silvera is a 36 year veteran teacher.

“To start critical thinking at home, start off with a ‘What if?’ when you’re home with your children, cooking in the kitchen, having dinner together or whatever family things you do together. Always try to pose questions to them that start off with a ‘What if?’ because they’ve got some really good ideas. They’re thinking, and you can kind of help push that out.

In tomorrow’s world when they’re at their job and working on a team, they have to be able to speak well, have very good vocabulary, and have to demonstrate what they mean. They have to get that picture that’s in their head out there in front of everybody.” – Lisa Silvera

Turn failure into success. Are you aware of what your child/children’s strengths are?

“Don’t take failure as failure. Failure is success because now you know what not to do. I tell my students you can’t fail. You cannot fail.”

“See where your child is strong.”

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Deborah Williams taught for 16 years.

“Let’s focus on [students’ strengths] and try to build them up with the strengths God gave them. If we start comparing our children with somebody else, they’re going to feel like a failure because God didn’t make them like that. He made them this, and it’s a perfect you.” – Deborah Williams

Think It. Say It. Write It. Read It.: Finding Pathways to Achievement

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Hollis Hepper has been a speech pathologist for 14 years.

“As far as strategies and learning to find their voice, you learn about what type of learner [students] are. Maybe they don’t read, but they can act really well, so that’s going to be a strength of theirs. So then you have them write a little play, even if you’re dictating it for them. The words they’re going to use they’re going to be able to read. That whole Anita Archer thing – if you can think it, you can say it, if you can say it, you can write it, if you write it you can read it. It’s that can-do attitude.” – Hollis Hepper

Parents want to know they are important. And that their children are, too.

“Your children buy into their teachers, which is one of the most important ingredients to pushing that child to achieve. Even with the parents, they have to feel they can trust the teachers. You’re building trust through your interaction. Just the little things that you do matter in the eyes of a parent who has nowhere else to go.

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Andrea Francis is a 25-year educator.

Teachers who know how to build solid relationships with their students can get almost anything they want out of those kids. And parents support that kind of learning, they support that kind of education.

What they don’t want is to feel devalued. And they don’t want their children to feel devalued. But when you feel like you’re a contributor in a classroom, a valued contributor, you feel like this is where you belong. This is a place I can learn and be successful.” – Andrea Francis