Welcome to LOLIPOP

LOLIPOP began as my master's thesis - an experiment in group learning with twenty homeschool families, including over sixty kids between six and fourteen years old. I coordinated 2-4 projects happening simultaneously, in 6 week sessions. The kids had a lot of fun, and the parents learned a lot about how this energetic and enthusiastic age group can have a successful learning experience. Since this first experiment, I have conducted seminars and webinars based on the LOLIPOP concept, and published For the Love of Learning: Giving Your Child a LOLIPOP Education.
This BLOG is for all those out there, trying to give their children and students the foundation they need to grow into great scholars, thinkers, and leaders. The principles align with the Leadership Education model and foster a love for learning, build individual confidence, and teach learning strategies that apply to a life time of great learning.
Check out more info about the book, seminars, webinars, and more at www.sdlaa.com.

Lolipop Learning, and terms and concepts such as "Love of Play", "Love of Sampling", and "Love of Producing" are the sole property of Amy Edwards. “TJEd", "Leadership Education", “Love of Learning Phase”, “Inspire, not Require” and other similar terms and concepts are taken from the works of Oliver & Rachel DeMille, and are used by permission and under license. For more information, visit http://tjed.org/.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Creating a Story

The Peasant Wins the Princess
A Fairy Tale
by Sammy Edwards 

     Once upon a time there was a peasant boy.  He was in love with a princess.  She had a lazy lady-in-waiting.  The princess said, "Lady-in-waiting, I'm waiting!"
     Then there was a prince, and he was a knight.  His name was Jack.  
     The peasant went to a wizard, because he wanted to be made irresistible.  So the wizard turned him into a cheeseburger.  The wizard said, "Everybody loves cheeseburgers."  But the peasant said, "But they don't marry them!"
     The peasant and the prince entered a joust.  The peasant lost in the joust, because his armor fell off.  But the prince was really afraid of dragons, and so the peasant defeated the dragon and won the princess.
The End

     This is a story that my son narrated to me recently.  I wrote it all down as he said it.  The words are all his.  The spelling and punctuation are mine.  Then I typed up each part onto the bottom of a piece of paper, printed out all the pages, and gave it to him to add pictures.  
     Creation requires material.  Although he put all the pieces together, he used material from his environment.  This story is the result of books we have read, movies and TV we have seen, and experiences playing with friends.  It's just fine that he's repeating parts of stories he has heard elsewhere.  Simply piecing his own version together is an important step in writing.  Even Shakespeare took his basic plot lines from well-known stories.  
     To help your children become writers: 
 - Create a rich environment for them.  Read good books to them.  
 - Write your own stories, especially about them or even about your own experiences as a child, and share them with your children.  
 - Listen to their stories
 - Write them down
 - Encourage them 
 - Don't criticize (all unsolicited advice is criticism).

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