Today I visited a fourth grade classroom. It went really well. I talked about the books that I've had published and the publication process. I emphasized where I get my ideas and how much revision is necessary. I think the students were surprised at how much I revise my manuscripts. I think the teacher will remind them of that every time they want to quit at the first draft stage in their writing. Sorry, kids! :)
Today I visited a second grade class at a local primary school. I read my new book, The Canada Goose and You to the class. They "HONKED" right along with me. We had fun!
I talked about how I turn ideas into stories and avoid writers block. First, I taught the kids some Brain Gym exercises. Then we brainstormed ideas to put in a story. Next, we rearranged our ideas into the beginning, middle, and end. We ended up with a nice first draft.