I hated Young Authors time at school. I never felt like I had good ideas, or knew how to write well. I always dreamed about being a really good writer and winning the contest and riding in the limo. It never happened. But now I have kids, and I can hope and dream for them that they'll win. aaaah, just kidding. But I do hope that they at least think their ideas aren't dumb. :)
Today the big girls were writing (and illustrating) stories during quiet time. It's maybe not the most creative story in the world, since it's just another typical princess story. But the fact that my 5 year old can tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end, that has a few of her own little ideas in it, makes me pretty proud. :) so without further ado, here's Lillian's story, word for word:
Once upon a time there was a princess. She was trapped in a castle, with no way to get out. She had a dragon guarding her. Locked up in a castle, there was no toys like she usually had. Lots of princes tried to rescue her, but they couldn’t because all of her guards chased them. So they never came back. But finally, she remembered that she had a key in her pocket that she snuck out of its place. So she unlocked herself. She was free. And she went to school and then she went to a ball. And then she found a prince, and they got married. And they went on a carriage ride and they got home to their castle. And they played lots of games and they lived happily ever after.
It's full of wonderful ideas that are life long lessons.
1. You don't need a boy to rescue you.
2. School comes before social activities like dances.
3. You are half Smits. Playing games the way to live happily ever after. :)
happy writing, young author. :)