This week’s Prompt Jar is provided by Journalverse manager Lynn Southard.
It’s that time of year when “Back to School” ads fill the flyers, along with hints of cool fall breezes during dusk and dawn. It’s an annual tradition for my family to do a weekend get-a-way right before school starts so last weekend my husband and I took our college-sophomore son up to the mountains. During the trip, we spent a fair amount of time reminiscing about his back-to-school moments from his primary school years, and that’s the inspiration for these prompts.
Write about your favorite teacher from your primary school years. Or any teacher that inspired you.
Were you delighted to go back to school? Or sad that summer was over? Write a memory about a “first day of school,” or about the best summer day you had as a kid.
Remember making your first best friend? Did it start with a smile over recess? Write about making and keeping friends. And then, go ahead and send a note to your current “bestie” to show appreciation.
Tests! Some of us are natural test takers, and others feel anxious. Write about the most recent time you felt good about a test, in real life or a school setting.
Were you ever the new kid in the class? Did you feel vulnerable or chomp at the bit to reinvent yourself? Write about a time you had to be introduced to a group of people you didn’t know, either in a classroom setting, party or new job.
All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum has sold 7,000,000 copies. Both sharing and caring are big themes in that book. Write about something you learned in kindergarten, or about the role of sharing or caring in your life.
I used to throw in hand-written jokes, quotes, or words of advice into my son’s lunch box. What one-liners of advice, quotes or jokes would you write to your former self in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, or any grade?
I’d love to see your comments. Or even better, some of what you wrote using these prompts. Please post below and thank you, brave ones, for sharing.–Lynn