Have you heard the news?  This class of amazingly motivated writers has joined NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo?  National Novel Writing Month  “happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to draft an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!”

Indeed, creativity is swirling wildly through the air as dragons, best friends, strange creatures, robots, space aliens, horses, little brothers, unexpected surprises, worldwide travels, and much more are the topics of many writing discussions.  Plot!  Dialogue!  Sentence variety!  Character development!

Join in the fun.  Ask our bloggers about their novels, volunteer to be a NaNoWriMo typist for these young authors who are not yet keyboardists, or maybe even try NaNoWriMo yourself!  Unleash the writer within!

Learning is a Treasure No Thief Can Touch

This week’s storytelling adventure continued with wise sayings from India similar to these.
–“Dig your well before you are thirsty.”
–“Great anger is more destructive than the sword.”
–“A tree starts with a seed.”
–“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
–“You do not stumble over a mountain, but you do over a stone.”
–“Learning is a treasure no thief can touch.”
–“Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.”
–“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.”

What a lot to think about!  The students were challenged to create modern dramas illustrating ancient ideas.  We discovered that the most hilarious fish in the world and the most creative homework excuse makers dwell right in our classroom!  Many thanks to our START volunteers for this marvelous experience!

Preview of next week:  Chinese mask storytelling!


My own dear pastor Doug Dean of Trinity Bible Church and our church’s new missionaries paired up to speak at our chapel on Monday.  We learned about unreached people groups and about Mike and Jennie Schultz’s plans to love and reach out to some of those people who have never heard about the Good News of what Jesus has done for them.

Our class “adopts” two missionaries each year.  We hope that our letters and prayers will encourage them as they serve.  You have already met Alicia Shedd, who is at Life Action Camp in Michigan.  We look forward to helping you to get to know Mike, Jennie, and Elias better as they get ready to head overseas in January, Lord willing.

King o’ the Cats

Storytelling shenanigans continue with our extraordinary START volunteers!  We explored stories behind our own names, played a giant Mad Libs game to remind ourselves of the importance of creative and careful word choices in our storytelling, and then worked as a team to act out various parts of an old English fairy tale called “King o’ the Cats”.  MEOW!

Romance Points

So the followup on today’s history lesson on Shays’ Rebellion and other events leading up to the writing of the Constitution was to “pretend that you are George Washington. You must leave Mount Vernon and go to Philadelphia. Write about what you will miss.”

All of the letters were wonderful, but these three by third grade young men who shall remain nameless (except to say that Margaret, Alyssa, and Julie owe their husbands big time romance points for their outstanding modeling) left Mrs. Shedd and me in stitches all afternoon.

July 2, 1787

Dear Wife,

I am leaving Mount Vernon.  I will miss you and the children.  I will stay safe, and the Lord will give me strength.  You will always be in my heart.




Dear Martha,

I am leaving Mount Vernon to help my country.  I will miss the comfort of home.  You I will miss the most.  And the wonderful food.  The pets.  My children.  Everything!  I am praying for the trip that God will serve me well.


George Washington


Dear Martha,

I will miss sitting on the couch working and hugging you.  I bet my bed at home is much more comfortable than the beds in Philadelphia will be.  I will miss you.  I promise I will keep writing letters to you, Dear.