Prospecting For Treasure

Always prospecting for the next treasure of an idea.


My name is Barbara Day, and I just completed my twenty-fifth year of teaching.  During that time I have taught first, second, third, and fourth grades.   For the past 22 years, I have been teaching in an Iowa public school of choice.    Our school is a traditional school that teaches the Core Knowledge curriculum, in addition to regular school district curriculum.  This means that in fourth grade, we study everything from the American Revolution to Medieval history.   As a teacher, I am constantly a student, and as I learn, the kids learn with me.  As a teacher, I am also an actor, an artist,  a writer, and a graphic designer.  I have always said that one of the great things about being a teacher  is you can color, cut and paste, build things, and play games with the kids, and no one questions your maturity or sanity.  Teaching can keep you young or age you, and often it does both, all on the same day.

Mostly I am a student of life.  I am still trying to figure things out, both on a personal and professional level.  This blog is just part of my attempt to reflect and learn more about myself and the world around me.


  1. Hi Barbara,

    I saw your post about StoryBird, and thought you might also like to know about – our new creative writing and book publishing website for kids. It’s similar in many ways, and very different in some important aspects (e.g. complete customization).

    StoryJumper allows anyone to create and publish a kid’s book, both online and also in hardback. We also have a teacher’s workbook available in PDF that we’ll be developing into an interactive online component as we receive feedback from teachers.

    The StoryCreator platform is completely free to use, while hardback books are available for purchase. We also have significant discounts for classroom orders.

    There’s some more information here:

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on the site!

    Thanks for your time,


    Blake Williams
    VP Product / Co-Founder

    648 Menlo Ave. Suite #12
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    Office: (650) 330-1133
    Cell: (408) 507-1279

    Comment by Blake Williams | February 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks Blake,
    I spent some time looking at your website today. I liked the lesson plan ideas, and the questions to build characters and setting. I thought the way the digital stories are set up might encourage the kids to write longer pieces. They are wanting to write one sentence per page on the things they are doing on Storybird. I think it might be a good platform for writing a class collaborative story, also. We will give it a try after we wrap up the things we are working on right now.

    Comment by iageode | February 22, 2010 | Reply

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