Lesson Plans: Grade-school kids have the write stuff

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

More than 300 young people received the moniker of published author at the Evergreen Young Writers Conference recently.

The conference, held at Evergreen Country Day School, gave Evergreen-area children in kindergarten through sixth grade the opportunity to read books they had written to their peers for encouragement and critique.

The students and their parents listened to Windsor, Colo., author Mark Ludy talk about the craft of writing. He has written children’s favorites such as “The Farmer,” “The Grump” and “The Flower Man.”

Students met in small groups with others in their grade levels and with an adult facilitator to read their books and talk about the writing process. At the end of the event, they receive a sticker for their books proclaiming them published authors.

Parents learned more about encouraging their children to write by attending workshops on the relationship between food and learning, positive discipline, right-brain learning and a type of software designed for kids called “Inspiration.”

Students participated from Evergreen Country Day School, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, and Bergen Valley, Bergen Meadow, Parmalee, Marshdale and Wilmot elementary schools.

Looking for host families

Susan Donlan is bringing to the area 15 students from Spain ranging in age from 14 to 18 through Compass USA, which is based in Westminster. She is still looking for a half-dozen families to host the students between June 25 and July 25.

Families are expected to provide housing, food and transportation for the students to three weekly activities.

Donlan says time is of the essence, and she has biographies of the students who will be staying in Evergreen.

If you can help, contact Donlan at susanhdonlan@yahoo.com or call 720-352-3971.

Have tips about schools in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.