Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Essence of Soul Writing


Students in River Class have recently been learning about soul writing, which involves the use of one's senses. They were taught how to write about their observations when they are outside in our beautiful, natural spaces. Kathy, our resource teacher, (pictured above), recently gave a lesson to help River students identify and think about sounds, sight, and touch in relation to soul writing.


The language arts lesson continued outside in the serene spot called The Stone Circle. Students had the opportunity to write about what they saw, heard, and felt. This type of language exercise helps children develop a more meaningful connection with the natural world around them.



Students worked in tiny clusters and/or on their own special rock to observe, reflect, and write. The CFS campus is the perfect environment for this activity; we are surrounded by a myriad of trees, rocks, grass, birds, and squirrels.

Ruth checks in with individual students
Teachers (pictured above and below) are available to help with vocabulary, ideas, and punctuation.

Dee helps a student with her soul writing



We ended the lesson with sharing time. Students proudly shared their work with one another. The sharing time helps motivate children and gives them a chance to work on their read aloud skills. They learn so much from one another.