Now a ragged man in shabby clothes, Daryl, was unlike everyone else because he liked unicorns and loved to put posters of them in his room. He was intrigued by the world of unicorns and he wanted to show the power of them, until he went bankrupt because he bought a concrete unicorn tiled with bright Fluro colours that was bigger than the Statue of Liberty. Although he lost everything he owned, had nowhere to live, and only had the unicorn, Darrell was still overjoyed because he found his new home. He climbed up the unicorn’s mane, swung into the mouth of the statue, and relaxed into the belly of the unicorn. Now a man in shabby clothes lives in inside a unicorn.
Emlyn (aged 12)
A long time ago in an old house, there was a brown teddy bear with a special secret. Every morning, before breakfast, the fluffy little guy would put on his black cloak. He would get in his toy car and drive right down the narrow street and visit his friend Bob, the polar bear teddy. They would play in Bob’s huge garden until the sun fell. Teddy would drive in his little red car back down from his secret friend’s house until he was back in the old house.
Sunday (aged 10)
One night a Chinese war ship was in the South China Sea when suddenly an Indian War ship appeared. The Chinese war ship had big guns on the front and back. The Chinese war ship fired first and the Indian war ship retaliated. The Indian war ship then turned around and left because it was supper time. That night the Indian crew ate chicken in Sumatra.
Angus (aged 11)
Daily Diary Does the Deed
The year is going to progress whether we become involved with it or not. It has been my experience with students, particularly at secondary school level, that those who do not take control of time will have time controlling them. It is these students that display symptoms of stress as the year progresses.
Students who learn how to use a diary and planner at the beginning of the year are more likely to feel relaxed as the year progresses. Keeping a written diary/planner appears to be almost a lost science. Everything today seems to be electronic with touch pads for keying entries and apps that help to link all the diaries together and co-ordinate your appointments. This is all very impressive but is it helping your student?
At the beginning of the term or semester your student is given their assignments and due dates. They are also aware of sports training and events they should be attending; forthcoming birthdays and family events; and school activities. Showing your son or daughter how to use a diary is a valuable life skill to pass on to them. Sitting down once a week (my wife and I use Sundays) and running through that week’s entries helps to co-ordinate lifestyles.
Remember: We are all given twenty four hours a day, how you use them is up to you.