SKYPE is AWESOME as is the blogospehre!
Today’s post is an international occasion. It all started when The Story Reading Ape (click HERE to go to his blog) who lives in The United Kingdom emailed me about a FABULOUS fourth grade teacher named Joanna Mojica from Honduras and said that her class would love to talk to This Kid from Pennsylvania USA about my book.
Ms. Mojica contacted me and we set up a virtual visit through SKYPE!
Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a catholic, bilingual school and their fourth grade classes ROCK! :D
I sent them a copy of my book to read ahead of time so they could ask me questions. I started off by introducing myself, and talking about the importance of reading. I then said a little about how I came to write my book.
After all that was said, each student got to ask me a question. I was a bit nervous because I usually talk to adults, not kids more my age. I soon felt really comfortable. They had great questions! One I really liked was “What would you do if you were president?” I wasn’t prepared for that one. I said I’d increase funding for school and public libraries. Speaking from experience, a lot of schools have no money to buy books or have a librarian on staff.
The SKYPE visit was awesome. It felt like a real conversation.
For the last part of my visit, I talked about how my Uncle Dave gave me the stuffed toys he made (Tomato and Pea) and challenged me to write a story about them.
So, I challenged the fourth graders of Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school to write. Write a story about these fellows:
They could write whatever they wanted – a poem, a play, a novel, a short story, comic, anything! It just had to be about these two fine guys (or girls ;) ) – they can name them whatever they want to also. :)
Plus I offered, if they wanted to, to post whatever the students wrote here on my blog. So be sure to check back!
These little guys are traveling to Honduras right now to be their classroom mascots. :)
Thank you Ms. Mojica and the fourth graders at Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school!
Have a nice weekend folks!