Finding Kids Who Love Writing

I’m already smiling, just writing the title of this post!

I had such a lovely time when I visited a group of home-schooled students who meet regularly to share their writing. One of the coordinators, Debra Mayhew, is a fellow writer friend of mine, and asked if I’d come and share my puppet play with the kids. And I said, “Wheeee!” (That’s Yes! in Cathy C. Hall language.)

Deb made wonderful puppets for the play, and I had help from several students who did a wonderful job playing their parts in “Oh, Dear! Oh, Deer!” Since the play is all about homonyms, we chatted a bit about words that sound alike but are spelled differently (and I told my all-time favorite knock-knock joke. Always a plus when I can find a way to fit that in!). And they shared their pictures of homonyms (there may be a few budding artists in the bunch, too).

I rambled a bit about my road to publication and brought some of the books where my writing shows up (but honestly, they just wanted to read Uncle John’s Facts to Annoy Your Teachers Bathroom Reader. I don’t blame ’em. That book rocks!), and then students shared their writing. It was such a pleasure to spend time with these kids. Because here’s the thing. Here was a group of kids who were eager to share their words and ideas! They clearly enjoy writing and write all the time.

And all I can say about that is Wheeeee! Wheeeee! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

15 thoughts on “Finding Kids Who Love Writing

  1. Oh, yeah, Cathy-on-a-Stick was there!

    Funny story, Sally. I told the joke the wrong, um, way. (No wonder those kids gave me such a strange look. Well, stranger than usual.)
    So here’s the TOLD CORRECTLY joke:
    Knock, Knock? Who’s there?
    Banana. Banana who?
    Knock, Knock. Who’s there?
    Banana. Banana who?
    Knock, Knock. Who’s there?
    Orange. Orange who?
    Orange glad I didn’t say banana again?

  2. I really liked hearing about your road to publication! I thought it was interesting to hear about how you worked at a radio. I never knew that radios worked that way before. And I really liked your play, too. It was neat that you came up with that. I really enjoyed that you came!

  3. Thanks so much for coming, Cathy! I’m so glad the kids got to hear about some of the different things they can do with their writing. There’s a great, big world out there! My favorite part was “THE DAY IT CAME TO EARTH!!!!”

  4. Miss Cathy,
    I liked how you teached us in writer’s club. It was nice of you to do that, and I really like you teaching us. I really liked it. I love you, Miss Cathy!
    Love, Julia

    • Hope, I hope you read the CORRECTED knock-knock joke. It’s WAY funnier! 🙂

      And I loved my visit–Thanks for having me!

  5. I like to write and I like to paint. I like to color and draw things, even though I get into my mom and dad’s stuff and draw on that. 🙂 I liked the puppet show a lot – Oh, Dear!
    Miss Cathy, you’re a really nice person.

  6. Hi! My daughter is in the young writers club and greatly enjoyed you coming! I appreciate the flattering write-up of the kids that you did. Do you mind if I post a link to this on my facebook account? If you would rather me not, I am completely OK with that!

    Thanks so much for your time that you spent with the kids!
    Stephanie Wood

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