I believe that every child should not only be able to read and write, but should be able to do both in a way that displays his or her uniqueness. No child is the same, and each one has a distinct perspective on the world. However, expressing that perspective in written form can sometimes be difficult—for some children, there is a disconnect between what is in their heads and what ends up on the page. I desire to bridge that gap and give every child the tools to more closely connect voice, ideas, and writing.
I believe that writing cannot be taught through formula. Certainly, there are rules for grammar and conventions for different types of writing. However, one of the most damaging philosophies to creating lively and skilled writing has been the introduction of formula writing: the idea that an essay has five paragraphs and must follow a strict checklist of rules. This type of standardized writing was introduced in the 19th century as a way to ease teacher grading. There is a better way to write, and there is a better way to teach writing. Writing should be an extension of a child’s thoughts, ideas, and personality put down on paper. The focus of Write from the Heart’s teaching, therefore, is to instruct in different types of writing and to coach students in expressing fully developed and organized ideas without losing the child’s voice. I want to teach writing in a way that expands the child’s technical skill while highlighting the unique talent of each writer.
In addition to teaching the students writing skills, I am excited to introduce literature within a safe environment. My desire is to help these students understand the author's worldview and comprehend their artistic conclusions while not abandoning their own worldview. I want the students to be able to stand up in a group of people and discuss a piece of art with intelligence and understanding without coming across as judgmental or small-minded. Instead, I hope that they will be able to appreciate the value of a work and through a comprehensive discussion of its themes or values, opening up the door to consider larger issues affecting the human condition. My goal is ultimately to expand the student's desire for learning, gain an appreciation of the larger world, and react to it with sensitivity and compassion.
Veldorah Rice, Owner