Friday, May 8, 2009

School Visit Fun

backdrop created by third graders at Odyssey Charter School

Librarian Linda Baker and parent/fellow writer June Brown with me

I had a great time visiting Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay, FL today...did two presentations--one for grades 3 and 4, based on KNOWING JOSEPH, autism, and how to become a good writer, and one for grades K-2 based on IT'S TIME, also talking about writing as well as autism. There was only one little glitch, when the projector closed down because of a power surge, and I was told they probably would not be able to get it back up while I was talking. But then it fixed itself, so all's well that ends well.

The kids were great and had some wonderful questions. I was particularly impressed with the K-2 group, where the kids were sitting on the floor and were packed in to the media center like sardines in a can, but they were still attentive and asked good questions. Most of them thanked me or otherwise complimented me as they filed little girl told me that she liked that I was 'fashionably dressed.' That's really something for me, who is totally unfashionable in just about anything I wear. My thanks to Linda Baker, who coordinated the visit, and especially to June Brown, who set up the visit with the school!

When I got home, I was thinking I was done with the special projects for May, but then remembered that I have a 3000 word 'letter to new grandparents' to write for inclusion in an upcoming book, and a six-hour class to prepare lessons for as an instructor at the
Creative Writing Institute here in Melbourne from May 17-22. So off to work I go.

Happy Mothers' Day to all you mothers out there!


billkirkwrites said...

Hi, Judy. Just figuring out how to get around to other blogs. What a great backdrop the kids did for your reading day. That must have been a fun day. Hope all is going well with you---I can see you are staying busy.


Judy said...

Thanks, Bill. You are my first follower. I still have not figured out how to get around to other people's blogs unless I know their addresses ahead of time and add them to my follow list. So you are ahead of me.

billkirkwrites said...

Just stopping by to say "hi". Hope all is well down your way.