A few weeks ago I read "Dear Mr Blueberry" to my class.
My objective was to teach about letter writing.
I had no idea it would blossom into a fantastic, long term project that I'll repeat each year from now on.
This story is an adventure in letter writing between a little girl and her teacher.
"Dear Mr. Blueberry" takes the reader on a journey that includes learning, laughing, and love.
The book starts out with the little girl wanting to know more about a whale that is living in a pond in her yard...
Mr. Blueberry tries to tell her all the reasons that a whale cannot live in her yard, yet... she keeps seeing a whale!
It turns into a story that children just adore.
My students read it over and over and over again.
When we were done reading the story I asked my class, "Would you want to write letters back and forth to me?"
Wow! Who knew?
The cheers were evident that we would be starting "Dear Mrs. Mikesell" journals right then and there.
I gave each student a spiral and told them that if they wrote me - I'd write them back.
What has happened?
Well, relationships have grown, trust has been built and interest in writing it huge.
One student who never opens up verbally has taken to writing back and forth to me 5, 6, even 7 times a day.
I'll admit - the first week this project took over my life.
I was bringing journals home, to lunch, to faculty meetings!
Dear Mr Blueberry took all of my extra time for about 4 days.
But, now that the initial "Wow!" is wearing off I can easily answer all of the journals after school in just a few minutes.
So, if you can get your hands on "Dear Mr. Blueberry", I'd highly recommend it!Wanting more ideas? Sign up for my free teaching newsletter and get ideas sent right to your email box.