My friend, Kathy and I, were supposed to visit a second grade classroom just before Valentine's Day to do another fun afternoon of writing.
Kathy had purchased heart lollipops, pencils, and pads for the kids. Due to snow days (and other unforeseen circumstances) we weren't able to go when we had planned, but we're going this Friday afternoon.
"What should we do with all the valentine stuff?" Kathy asked me.
"Let's plan some other kind of writing activity around it," I told her. "Something where we can still use hearts and get the kids to paint with their words through their senses. Any ideas?"
"Let's just ask them what love looks like," Kathy suggested.
Her idea is terrific. That's what we're going to do. Before we ask the kids to actually write, we'll go around the room and get their imaginations rolling. We'll play a game called Braindropping. The kids love it! We ask the kids to say the first thing that comes to their mind when they think of the word, LOVE. If they can't think of anything in 1/10 of a second, they can say PASS. Everyone gets more than one turn...trust me!
In about five minutes, we'll have a whole list of words on a piece of chart paper. The words will show love. Some of the words will be the same. Some will be different. One idea or word will lead to another. By the time we're done, the kids words about love will spill onto their individual papers.
I think I've told you before, but I'll tell you again. I use the same writing activities with kids that I do adults.
With that in mind, tell me what love looks like to you. I'll share the kids responses (and mine) on Friday. What do you want to bet that some of our answers will be the same?