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Elephants and Journal Writing

Elephants and Journal Writing


Did you know that elephants can remember an injury for forty years and hold a grudge about it the whole time? This is because elephants keep journals. Students will discover what it is to keep a journal and learn how to write stories about their lives and loved ones. Students will also explore advanced word families and word ladders. Are you up for the tusk?


  • Minimum recommended age: 4
  • Instructor: Ms. Anna Bonney
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4 PM ET
  • 8 classes
  • May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25


Ms. Anna Bonney is a student at Southern Virginia University and a teacher at the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center in piano, voice, and ukulele. She’s traveled abroad throughout her life, studying in Italy and Africa. She began to teach Spanish in a homeschool co-op, successfully teaching young students basic sentences and common words. Anna is working to publish an interactive ukulele curriculum, geared towards children of ages as young as four years old. Anna is pursuing Child Psychology and Education at Southern Virginia University.


Teaching style: appointments with students, journaling, peer partner learning, research projects, spelling bees


Student & Parent Reviews for Ms. Anna:

  • Ms. Anna is a wonderful teacher! She keeps the kids encouraged with her kindness while encouraging them to go above and beyond what they think they can do. My son loved her classes, games, and teaching style. We're looking forward to next year! - Carrie, parent
  • I'm so proud of how far my daughter's writing has come! Ms. Anna has done an incredible job. She's kind and loving with the students, and my daughter found it easy to approach her with questions and concerns despite her shyness. Thank you TTK! - Molly, parent
  • My son loved working with Ms. Anna. His writing has improved past my expectations, and he's excited to keep writing. Ms. Anna keeps classes productive and engaging with games, writing activities, and inter-disciplinary discussions. She draws in authors, famous literature, and historic context to explain English concepts and cultivate the students' interest in English. Her feedback was easily implemented, and she was easy to reach whenever my son had questions. Thank you for this fabulous resource! We'll be back next year. - Jennifer, parent
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