When I posted an email on our homeschooling Yahoo group looking to start a writing group, I had no idea where it would lead. All I knew was I wanted to give my girls a shared writing experience with older girls who enjoyed writing and sharing their writing.
- I never imagined they would start a blog.
- I never imagined they would start a traveling journal.
- I never imagined they would want to write in the park and at the beach.
- I never imagined they would begin emailing each other.
- I never imagined they would become such close friends.
Part of me thought this would be a group of girls who wrote together much like the writing groups I used to belong to. I enjoyed my time and I learned from their tutelage but I never opened myself up to friendships. Writing and friendships were very separate for me.
Once the friendship switch was flipped, there was no turning back for this group of girls. They range in age from 10 to 14 and while writing provided the connection, their friendship was by choice.
They call themselves Notebook Girls and they met this week to celebrate their new found friendships. During our Friday morning writing time, they altered an old composition book into a decorative journal. They got this idea from the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. They wanted a journal that they will share, like the jeans were shared, and their weekly memories will be captured within the pages. Each week a different girl will get the journal and add to it whatever she wants.
To kick off the traveling journal, they came together at our house for pizza and popcorn and the movie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. This is as close to perfection as learning gets. I want to hold onto this moment and remember that this is why I chose to homeschool. This is what I want my girls‘ education to look like. This is the intersection of literacy, language, laughter and life.