A simple question I asked my kindergarten students yesterday.
These were their responses (in order, and almost word for word):
- We write to practice writing books, because God might tell us to be an author
- We write to learn
- We write so we don’t look at what other people write
- So we can write what we are thinking
- We write to learn our letters
- If a person is sad, we can cheer them up by writing a funny story
- So they can learn more and so that when we write we don’t try peaking (at what others write)
- If we grow up and we don’t know how to write we won’t know what to do (at this my youngest boy said, “Yes, that makes sense, I think!” It was so cute)
- If we don’t know how to write the word we think with our head and write
- Sometimes, if we want to write a letter to God and we don’t know how to write we can’t do that
The kinders have spoken. What do you think? Why do we write?
5 thoughts on “Why do we write?”
Thank you for sharing, Melody. Your kids answers are much more compelling and convincing that George Orwell’s, but you reminded me of his essay, “Why I Write,” which I read and enjoyed in university. Personally I write because it is in my nature to want to record my thoughts and musings so that I can share them with others (including God :)) But then again, maybe I’m a *little* vain, as Orwell insists.
Here is the Orwell essay:
Melody, can you invite my mom to join your blog? She is a former first grade teacher and I think she would really enjoy following you. The technology is still outside my comfort zone, though, so please tell me if I did this wrong (is it public or did this message just go to you?)
My mom’s email address is email@example.com. In the subject line, just put a friend of Carolyn’s or something so she knows it’s not spam! 🙂
Have a good week and thanks again for sharing. Tell your kids I said keep writing!
Every one sees this comment^^ I will e-mail your mom for you, though you could also send her the blog address too!
I always love hearing the perspective of your students!! 🙂
I wanted to also tell you I quoted your kids in my speech today at the annual Quill and Scroll banquet. 🙂 They inspired me!
Wow!!! I am about to post part 2: Why do we read? Thank you for sharing Carolyn!