My mother is a retired English teacher. Yesterday she informed me that the revision process in writing can be learned before kindergarten. The first step apparently is to have your child tell you a story and write it down. When the child has developed this skill, you can presumably teach them to edit the story for content, etc. We are not yet at the age where we can start editing, but we did make our first attempt today to write a story. Here is Blake's story:
"Bugs usually crawl and bugs usually fly and bugs usually eat things. And bugs climb trees and bugs crawl on feet and bugs crawl on phones and they swim in hot tubs and they lie down on beds and they sit in chairs. And they eat on the table. That's the end of my story. And then a big giant came down and locked them in a cage and then turned the switch off and took the monitor and then he took the car up to where he lives in the sky. And then he do-do-do (singing interlude here) then opener and downer closed and then the bugs can't sing. And then the bugs got washed away in the sink. That the end of my story. And one more thing happened in my story. And then an opener giant showed up and ran the garbage disposal. That's what happened in my story."
Okay, so stories told by a three-year-old provide plenty of editing potential, yes. But honestly, I was cracking up as he was telling this story because, if you think about it, bugs really do all those things! Okay, so now it's your turn. Choose a Blake picture below and send us a story. Blake will love getting your mail.