MamaBlogger365 – School Daze by Jennifer Flaten

I chaperoned my fifth-grade girls (Fifth grade! Where did the time go?). It was to a local state park. The teachers wanted the day to be fun, but because it is school, they had to squeeze a little education in, too.

The kids divided into groups and rotated among some activities. One activity included listening to a story that was nature-themed. While the kids tried to be attentive to the teacher, it was so hard with all that wonderful outside to explore.

Finally, the teacher finished the story and announced that the kids should find a spot in the little valley and try reading or writing a story of their own (nature-themed, of course).

It was a wonderful idea; I love encouraging kids to read and write, but on a gorgeous summer day, with the end of school on three days away? Not going to happen.

Especially because there was a frog pond, right there five feet away from where we were enjoying the story.

The minute the teacher snapped the book closed and released the kids to read and write, the kids immediately headed for the pond. All they could think about was catching frogs.

They ran around the pond, spotting and attempting to catch frogs and startling a lazy turtle basking in the sun. Some boys even found a headless snake (is there anything better for a boy to find?).

While the kids didn’t sit down and write (or read for that matter), maybe, just maybe later that evening or the next day one of them was inspired by events (like being chased with a headless snake) to write a story.

Bio: Jennifer Flaten is a Wisconsin-based writer with three small children who understands the delicate balance between home and work. She knows having a healthy, happy family is a priority, and with that in mind, she has a special interest in health, family and technology. Her works have been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and at various online journals.

Photo credit: Frog In Pond by Vera Kratochvil


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