Good morning, Everyone. It is a nippy and very damp morning. Even my cat, Hershey, prefers to forgo his morning prowl outside.
Grab your coffee. Let’s catch up.
So, how are you holding up this week? I am officially feeling trapped. Yes, I had ventured to the grocery store, taken a drive to Port O’Call to see the bay, walked here and there, but an eerie vibe prevails. Main Street Sayville looks like a ghost town. Restaurants offer curbside fare, but that will soon stop. Greeting familiar people on a walk is so awkward without an outreached hand or hug. Kids are home from school. If parents are lucky to work from home, they must somehow also be teachers and keep their children engaged in academic learning. I was not able to get back to South Carolina to help with the grandkids—feeling very guilty.
But I do want to do something during this crisis.
How does it work? Each short lesson presents a journaling topic or writing craft. At the end of each lesson, there are prompts to challenge the students. There are three levels of prompts: Primary, Intermediate, and Upper-Intermediate.
The children view the video, complete the prompt in their journals, and upload their assignment to their teacher’s classroom. The journal entry is then uploaded as a document, a picture (jpeg), or a video of the child reading that passage from his/her journal.
So far, I posted teacher and student introductions, Lesson 1 and 2, and an amended Lesson 1 for Pre-k to Grade 1 children. Although I am very excited about this, there are shortcomings. I am not a video star nor a selfie video-ographer. It is very odd to teach without eyes, reactions, and interactions in front of me. I am guessing my pace and cadence and have to find a way to incorporate visual prompts within the video screen. The hair is another issue.
However, I feel that the workshops can be a useful resource, even fun. It is vital to do what I can as quickly as possible during this crisis. I will continue to produce the workshops while we are all cooped up at home. Suggestions, please.
Needless to say, I will be busy.
If you are a teacher and/or parent scrambling for writing resources for your children, check out the Journaling the Journey Daily Writers’ Workshop. It will be free during the shut down. I welcome feedback and suggestions and would love to see some of your child’s work. Stay safe and well, Everyone.
Have a healthy weekend and week, Everyone. Make it great!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.