This past week I was at Shell Beach Elementary School visiting with two third grade classes and two first grade classes. We talked about writing stories and where story idea originate. The children in both age groups had many interesting and intriguing ideas about how to find story ideas. I mentioned that one of my techniques was to ask myself, “What if?” What if I could fly with butterflies? What if a birthday cake went missing? What if a clownfish was really a clown? They came up with some of their own ideas which I hope will induce them to write their own stories.
I also donated one of my books to each class I visited. They chose the books. Surprisingly, one third grade class and one first grade class chose “Camouflage” and the other two classes chose “Ants on a Log”. I also gave each child a bookmark picturing my Oak Tree Press covers and ordering information.
Each class had an art project. For the first graders, I gave them a coloring page of a butterfly. With the third graders, I made an accordion book form, calling it a butterfly book. Why the emphasis on butterflies? Because my two latest books are about butterflies, kids like butterflies and because the Monarch butterflies are now wintering over at the Pismo Beach Butterfly grove. Many of the children had been to the grove numerous times and enjoyed talking about these marvelous and beautiful insects.