Good morning! I looked out into my backyard today and found a slighlty new blanket of snow. It looked like icing on a carrot cake! Did that paint a picture for you?
When I write, I try to paint a picture with my words. I could have said, "It snowed last night." You would have known what the weather was like, but not how the ground looked.
Remember to paint pictures with your words as you talk and write. If you're a teacher, ask your students to paint pictures...tell them that their pencils are paintbrushes! Start by saying a few telling sentences outloud. Then put your imaginations to work. Paint glorious pictures with language.
EXAMPLE: Sally cried. (telling sentence)
Tears fell down Sally's face like a river flowing to the ocean. (Art at work!)
Have fun with telling sentences. Kids love to play with words! What a great way to start any morning.
By the way, I received an email from a student today. Kids are welcome here! I'll try to respond to each of them. If they want to email me about something on my blog, have them email at firstname.lastname@example.org