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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Seeds Of Creativity

'All of the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today'
Kahlil Gibran

When Harry returned to school after the Summer holidays, his teacher asked the class if they would like to bring in photographs of some of the places they visited and activities they took part in during the break. Harry took our journals in instead and his teacher and the pupils were so inspired that they asked to see more.
I thought it was wonderful that a class of ten year olds were so interested and offered to bring some of my journals into school one afternoon, talk about journaling and perhaps create a journal page with them. Harry's teacher was thrilled and, after a short discussion, small journals were ordered and I offered to run workshop sessions on Friday afternoons.
The project was supposed to start on 26th September but Harry came down with chicken pox and this week had already been booked off school for our little break, so I begin the classes next Friday.
I am looking forward to seeing 30 new journals begin, pages brimming with thoughts, dreams and creativity. Who knows, maybe a few of the children will continue the idea into their adulthood...I wish I had started so young.

I finally uploaded my photographs from our day at Dever Springs and you can view Harry posing with his big catch over on his blog.


Margaret Ann said...

OOOH! MY! I am in tears reading this...What a tender sweet memory it evokes of my teaching students...junior high level...ages 11-13 kept two journals yearly as part of my class was a current events journal(national, local, poersonal news...)...the other a gratitude both they could be totally free and imaginative and include scraps of things, ticket stubs, drawings, poems, thoughts, facts...the whole nine yards!... OH! Anita!!! I promise you that you are in for the best ride of your life! Harry's classmates and his teacher will love you to death...There is nothing more endearing than the innocent thoughts, and feelings, and artworks of a child...I am deliriously thrilled for you! What a brilliant opportunity! Oh my I wish I could come along and join the fun! Keep us posted on your new adventure! :)

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~Henry Brooks Adams

Anonymous said...

This is a really engaging project to be involved in Anita. Opening young minds to the possibilities of journaling is exciting too. Good luck and keep us updated!

caseytoussaint said...

What a wonderful project - those lucky kids! I hope you post some of their efforts.

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

How fun for you and for the kids... I too hope you'll share their work with us.

freebird said...

This sounds super. My kids were told to keep written journals in some of their classes and they didn't like that at all. My son refused saying they had no right to expect him to write his personal stuff for the teacher to see. But art journals, now that is a different animal altogether. I think my kids would have been much, much happier this way.

Nina Johansson said...

Wonderful, Anita. I´m sure it´ll be a really rewarding project, both for you and for the kids. I hope we´ll get to see some of it...? :)

kazumiwannabe said...

This is great! You're going to have a lot of fun and the kids are going to love this and surprise you! (and themselves : )!

Claire Mcfeely said...

What an exciting adventure to begin. It is wonderful that you are willing and able to share your talents, and enthusiasm with these students. They are very fortunate to have such a wonderful opportunity!! Have fun!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh ANITA!!! What a WONDERFUL project!! The children that I "tutor" always get a dose of "art" and I've made those little journals from one sheet of wc paper for many and am delighted to say that many of them go on to create new journals when they're's a WONDERFUL project...I too wish I'd started something like this as a child. Well done!! deni...;)

Anita Davies said...

Thank you all so much. I took the class today and will post about my afternoon asap.

Margaret....How I would have loved to have been taught by you...Lucky pupils!