Dear Miss Forbes is a unique collection of notes, letters and
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poems that students have written to me during my teaching career
in the United States and the Turks & Caicos Islands. It is a picture
book that inspires letter writing for young emergent writers at the
elementary level. The purpose of its publication is to share with other
teaching professionals and to inspire students around the world so they
too can be inspired to write letters in the classroom context as a route
for experessing themselves in a nurturing classroom community.
Dear Miss Forbes focuses on depictons of several aspects of
the developmental stages of children’s writings in subtle forms, at the
various grade levels. In Dear Miss Forbes, teachers are encouraged
to explore the authentic value in their student’s writings. In Dear
Miss Forbes, these students writings are aesthetically priceless and
are incomparable to nothing else in the world. Children’s writings are
special and should be appreciated in the highest forms at all times.
Children’s writings are also a reflection and perception of their
inner world in which they live. Their perception of the world in which
they live should be nurtured, embraced, celebrated, acknowledge and
most importantly, respected.
Children are also unique individuals who are lovingly created in the
imago dei (image of God). They should be treated with utmost dignity
and respect. This dignity includes appreciating what they have to share
in both oral and written forms of expressions as well as acknowledging
and appreciating their hard work that they spent hours creating.
Sometimes their writings reveal new aesthetical joys that often times
encouraged teachers both personally, as well as professionally.
A number of research supports the view that children’s literacy
developments is synonymous with their writing skills development. As
elementary school teachers, it is higly important to take out at least
ten minutes of each day that would allow students to write down their
thoughts on a piece of paper. Have them read it and share it with their
classmates, and file it in their journals. Simple approaches like these
can help make a big difference in students’ writing skills. This will also