Lance's Journal: Young Authors, Oct. 7

There are some talented young authors at Blessed Sacrament School in Lincoln. And as we find out in this edition of Lance's Journal, these young authors have a lot to be proud of.

The art specialist at Blessed Sacrament was looking for a project that stretched her first graders imagination and gave them and opportunity to be creative.

Susan Bigham came up with the idea of combining a multitude of ideas and spending the entire school year working on a pair of very special books. At this school it's a time for these now second graders to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Many of them were just 6-years-old when they started writing their books at the beginning of last school year.

Mrs. Bigham says it was a great opportunity for these youngsters to learn how to write a story. And when it came to creating drawings for each book each child illustrated their own book.

As the class was developing the storyline, six important questions were asked. Bigham says, "We did the who, what, when, where, why and how. And we had to answer all those questions, we did a chart and everyone nominated their own ideas and then what did we do?"

And when they were pondering their decisions the kids had a little extra help, "We all had to make thinking caps because that would help us be more creative and think in both words and pictures," says Bigham.

The art specialist was impressed with her young students, "I think so many times we undersell little people and we need to work with them so they can learn and climb, and climb and climb on their own, just give 'em that chance."

And why did 7-year-old Natalie Uhing have such a great time personalizing her book? She says, "Because we got to draw pictures and it was fun because we got to use a lot of colors."

And I'd like to thank the talented young comets for the hospitality and of course for making my job a little easier. I was given my very own personalized thinking cap and for that I'm very grateful...Thanks kids!


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