Sunday, October 27, 2013

Finley's Scary Story

Don't get nervous.  Nothing scary happened to Finley.  She wrote a scary story, and today she got to read it.

The back story is - A local bookstore in a neighboring town does an annual scary story contest where kids from grades 1-6 can submit a story.  Finley's teacher emailed the other day and said that several kids had written great stories and she wanted to send them in to the contest.  It wasn't limited to our school district - it could be any one.

There were 150 entries, and they chose 9 stories from those.  3 from grades 1-2, 3 from grades 3-4, and 3 from grades 5-6.  Finley one FIRST PLACE in the 1-2 grade stories!  We were really excited and so was she.  She LOVES to write.  Her teacher tells us that many times she uses Finley's stories as examples for the class, or puts them on their "wall of fame".

The teacher enlarged the story for her so Finley could see it, and that seemed to work very well.  Finley was really nervous, but had an agreement with her teacher that if she got too nervous, Mrs. H would come up and help her.  So that helped a lot.

I missed the beginning of her story on video because as soon as I got her on the stool at the podium, she started to read.

Just so you know - she is wearing her Halloween costume.  All the kids were told they could wear them if they wanted.

For winning the contest, she got a certificate, a bag of goodies (which she couldn't wait to get into), and a $20 gift card to use at the bookstore (which she used before we even left).  Then Mat and I got her a My Little Pony doll she had been craving, and her teacher got her a notebook and a Skeleton pen.  She had a good day.

We took a few pictures - enjoy!

Finley starting her reading:

 This is Finley's teacher.  Finley adores her.  After today - she has gained about 1000 points in our book:
 This little cutie is in Finley's class and was the third place winner.  So cool that there were two winners out of one class considering all the entries!  Finley said she and little "C" are becoming good friends.  Glad she has another buddy who loves to write:
 Finley's certificate:


Anonymous said...


Wow, wonderful story Finley! What a great imagination you have! I love your voice, it is so beautiful!

Have a happy Halloween and I am so happy you won!

Shayla M.

Anonymous said...

P.S. please visit (Shayla's Space For Sight Stuff) on my Facebook page for a video titled
''Response to Halloween!''

That way your Family can hear what I sound like too :)

Finley has such a pretty voice!