"A teacher or parent can truly appreciate the value of
their fruits when their work and attention to their children
has been justified. I just spent the last two weeks rewriting
each letter one-by-one, and one each day, absorbing the sentiment
of each letter. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and, dare
I say, "pride," just knowing that they were my compositions
that they wrote about." JAC
Mission School District, Mission Texas 2003-2004
Student letters from:
The Creative Journal Project
Methodology by Dr Lucia Capacchione
Supervised by Dr Marsha Nelson
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
Words and punctuations are as written. The spacing is condensed
at the beginning and ending of each letter.
Merivah (1st grade)
I like to do journal because you can brow a picture and we get
to listen to music some pretty music and you can shuw and the
teacher lisen to the persen ohw is shuwing and everybody lisens
to the person that is shuwing and it is nice.
Alyssa Martinez (1st grade)
Dear Mrs. Leal,
I like Creative Journal because you could draw pictures and write
about your family. Our teacher puts on music to relax us and
to improve our minds and our thinking too. It's so fun and we
learn how to write. When the music goes slow, I think sad. When
it goes fast I think happy. It expresses me.
Gil (2nd grade)
I lik journal because you can draw and write your story. The
music makes me jubilant, excited, and lovely. we hide them in
a Place. It is good, funy, and quite in here. I am thankfull
for my journal.
Kim (2nd grade)
Dear Mrs. Zamora,
Thanks for the journal. It is really an enjoyment. I put all
of my creative drawings and writing in it. With the journal and
music it makes me feel joyous.
Lizebeth Zambrano (3rd grade)
Dear Mrs. Medina
I like to hear creative journal because I get to hear soft music
and now I don't feel nervous of showing it to other people. If
I show it to you I now I will show it to other people. I like
it because I now you won't laugh at my pictures. That's why I
will show my creative journal to you. Your Friend, Lizebeth
Gavin De Leon (3rd grade)
Dear Mrs. Rios,
I like Creative Journaling because it brings out my darkest feelings
by the quite music to let me relax. I feel better by drawing
good things which make the bad things come out. Thats good because
I have a lot of bad and emarrasing moments go into the pencil
Sincerely, Gavin De Leon
Sandy Guerrero (4th grade)
Dear Mrs. Straub,
The journaling that I have been doing in class has made me. Feel
very happy it is fun too but the best part is that it feels like
a friend that dosen't spit out all my secrets ! the good thing
is that we even have markers to do it with. You are the best
teacher because you even put on music for us to concintrate.
That's how it makes me feel I just wanted to tell you that this
years journal is the best.
Thank You Saidy Guerrero
I want to thank you for putting me in a perfect school. What
I am really exided about jernaling, because I get to express
my feelings. I personally think that I will get much more grades
that are good. Evry time I don't do jernaling I am grumpy or
upset mood. After that my friends call me Grumpy frome Snow Whight.
I think that all of doodling and writing should help me relax.
The music is what really mackes me feel cofertadle. Wow when
I am grumpy I gess I will listen to music and braw. Your Daughter
@ Casasos Elm.
Mrs. Betty Rodriguez,
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for using the
Creative Journal Writing with your first grade class. My daughter
Alyssa has mentioned to me on numerous occasions how she loves
the time she spends doing her journaling. I remember the first
time she came home and told me how she could write and draw with
her left hand. She couldn't believe you were asking her to write
"messy" as she put it. She says her handwriting wasn't
as neat as she was used to, but that she enjoyed trying something
different. That was months ago, now she says the time you allow
them to journal and the music you play really lets her become
more creative in her thoughts so that she is able to write and
draw with ease. My daughter says she likes expressing her feelings
on paper, and as she puts it, "helps express her mind"
making her free to write and draw whatever she feels. The other
day I was cleaning in her room and I was going to throw some
papers, she told me not to because she wanted to do some writing
on them. I find her writing and drawing on every piece of paper
she can get her hands on. Many times my refrigerator at home
is filled with her work. Sometimes when I make her bed, I find
under her pillow books, paper, markers and even a small flashlight
because as I found out when she has trouble sleeping she does
writing and reading. Just this morning I found a piece of paper
taped to my dresser. It was a picture and letter from Alyssa.
It was the best "Good Morning" I could have gotten.
Thank you again for giving her an opportunity to express her
feelings with something she enjoys doing, and for releasing in
her the love of writing and drawing.