Once Upon A Time: A Slice of Life

Monday, March 30, 2015

Writing teachers need to write themselves.
I am participating in the Slice of Life 2015 Challenge, 
where I attempt to write stories and narratives about moments in my life.
I apologize if this blog post veers off the informative "literacy lens" I usually write through.
This month I am pretending to be a writer, for my students' benefit (and my own).
Writers write. 

I sat down to write my blog post at the same time my daughter decided to share her book with me.  She told me an elaborate story across many pages about princesses.  When I decided to try to co-author a story with her, this is what happened. 

(I'm in bold, my 5 year old is in italics)

     Once upon a time, I don't remember.

     Mom, you can't write "I don't remember." That wasn't part of my story!

     Once upon a time, there was a princess named Belle.
She lived... Mom, that wasn't the part.  Now it's time for....  MOM, you messed up my story again!
Why are you typing all the things I say?  

     OK, so tell me the real story.

    There once was a princess named Belle.  That went to Florida.  That's all I remember.

Written By: Mom and Daughter


  1. I love this post! The time spent with your kiddo, the picture, the bold and italics! Love it all :-)

  2. Leah,
    So glad you got to "write" with your daughter!!!! I love her honesty and telling it like it is! So fabulous! I am happy that you have that interaction documented...it is too funny!

  3. This is how it all begins; you're teaching her that her words have meaning! I love it! I have kept all of the stories my daughter and I have written, and tonight she published her first blog! It doesn't have to be perfect; it will perfectly capture who she is at this moment in time.

  4. Oh my- what a cutie patootie! This is a precious moment to hold on to- I am so glad you sliced it!

    P.S. tell her that that is a rockin story!