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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Oct 25, 1998  8:20 pm
Subject:  Re: SW Pen Pal Club

October 25, 1998

My dear friends -
Please excuse my tardiness in answering your very nice messages. I needed
to rest a little, so this morning I opened my email box and found all kinds
of nice messages waiting for me, including scanned homework pages from
eager students! I really got a giggle out of the homework - one writer had
written rows and rows of symbols down the page in columns, and had then
scanned in the whole notebook page. The scanned file was then sent to me
through email as an attached file. It was unbelievably clear. The picture
showed the spiral rings of the notebook, the pencil marks and the efforts
to make it look better. I felt like I was back teaching school - what fun!
Beautiful work and many thanks for writing, and for sending me the pages.

In regards to the SW Pen Pal Club, of course I am pleased to see the
interest and I am glad people are already writing to each other. There are
three things I never had time to share with you:

First, to are not required to place your street address on the
internet. You can write to me and I can "connect you" with someone else

Second....if you do not know SignWriting, you can learn through the
experience. You can take the lessons online and then try to write
something. Or you can buy a SignWriting book and learn from the book. Or
write in English to your pen pal and ask your pen pal to write a few signs
and then explain them to you.

And third...I was actually thinking of two different kinds of Pen Pal Clubs
- one between the adult members of the SignWriting List, and a second Pen
Pal Club between classrooms in the SignWriting Literacy Project.

In the Literacy Project, children learning SignWriting could write to each
other, and learn how to read and write signs through writing letters to
other children, with the help of their teachers.

So if you are a teacher, and your classroom would like to connect with
another classroom, please write to me privately and we can try to arrange
it :-)

All my best wishes -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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