It's March! SOL#1

I rounded the corner hurrying to a meeting that I was already late for, when two 6 year olds ran up to me with big smiles on their faces.

"I wrote my Slice of Life today, Mrs. Johnson."

"Me too!  I love writing!  I even write at  home every day.  I am writing a book."

My mood lifted immediately, my anxiety melting away.   I looked up at the first grade teacher as her students lined up in the hall.

Grinning, I said to her, "Your girls just made my day!"  I promised the girls that I would come write with them soon.

This is what I love about the March challenge...

Kids excited about writing.

Kids and teachers sharing their stories.

Connecting with other writers.

Stories have been swimming in my head all day.  I wasn't sure which one I would write about, until my encounter with two first grade writers.

So here we 1 of Two Writing Teachers March Slice of Life Challenge.  It's a month of writing, reading and connecting.  I'm looking forward to the adventure!


  1. Aren't little ones just precious, Julie. I look forward to more of your story writing.

  2. Happy day 1 to you! Aren't first grade writers the most inspiring? Endlessly brave.

  3. There's pretty much nothing better than writing with first graders. I'm ashamed to admit I have never tried slicing with a class though! One of these years!

  4. Writing alongside our students is so powerful. I think it is wonderful first graders are doing the challenge - an experience I know they will not forget.

  5. I can tell from your writing that you are an engaged and lovely teacher. first graders have an energy all their own and to be able to inspire them to write is a gift and a joy.

  6. What an awesome moment to capture! We need to bottle up that excitement for day 9, day 16, day 28 ... Thanks for this little slice of celebrating words on the page! Happy to be spending the month with you, Julie!

  7. "Stories have been swimming in my head all day." Love those words and love the story you chose to share.

  8. Writing excitement and connecting are the best parts of March challenge.

  9. Yay! You are writing! Love the energy you captured with those sweet girls' comments.

  10. That's the kind of energy that will inspire writing for sure. I can't wait to hear about all the students participating in the challenge.

    Happy writing!


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