Two weeks ago, when we were working on Logic of English Essentials List #16, Miss M started writing a story to practice her spelling words. She didn’t finish the story before the end of that week. But then when I asked her to write sentences including the “wor” phonogram words she learned for lesson #18, she decided to finish out her story with those words.
She wrote it out in pencil, then I helped her with a bit of editing. I was so proud of how she spelled very few words incorrectly, and usually picked fairly logical phonograms to spell the words when they were spelled wrong. Even the grammar and sentence structure was pretty good — especially considering we’ve done very little formal writing instruction (I figure there’s time for that later when we’ve finished our year of intensive spelling instruction!).
Here is Miss M’s story:
The Silly Plant
One day I had some dollars and cents. I spent it so that I could attend a school where I could take lessons on how to grow silly plants. I get to pour water on my plant. I do not yet know what kind of plant mine is.
But the next day I find out that my plant is a new kind of plant that eats germs.
Today is the last day, and I get to take my plant home. Now I own the plant. I have a wonderful idea! It would make an excellent gift for Lilly.
So I put the plant in a shoe box and started walking over to her house. But then all of a sudden, the plan started to grow and grow and grow!
“Oh no,” I shouted, “Oh no! It is too big!”
What am I going to do? This is the worst time for it.
“Hello,” said Lilly.
“I’m sorry,” I said, “It’s too big now. I’ll have to grow another one. It will be a lot of work though. But I’ll keep my word to give it to you. Ok?”
“Ok. You know I have a bunch of worms in my back yard,” Lilly said.
“That will be perfect,” I said, “Let’s go.”
“What a wonderful world,” said Lilly, “That’s definitely worth your time.”