Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Our Flat Friend from Australia!

About a week ago, we received our first Flat Friend in the mail from Salisbury East in South Australia!  So excited!  Our friend came with a letter from Bailey.  So happy to have him visit for a while.  He will be with us about three more weeks, until about September 21st, so that we can send him back in time for their school project.

I have posted pictures of the kids with Flat Stanley on the Australia page.  There are only books listed right now for Africa, since that is the continent we are studying.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While we are sending our Flat Stanley's out wherever they may go - we are going to study the continents in alphabetical order.  Our first continent is, of course, Africa!  I have updated the Africa page to show the books that I have gotten thus far.  I have to add the DVD's and some more websites that I used for information on Africa and to record what we have learned. 

I haven't yet gotten a response for Flat Stanley from anyone on the continent of Africa, but am very hopeful that we will before the year ends.

Some of my favorite picture books, so far, are Mama Panya's Pancakes:  A Village Tale from Kenya by Mary and Rich Chamberlain.  I am sure most mom's have felt like Mama Panya at times when their children's generosity overrides their sensibilities.  It also includes some info on Kenya and life in Kenya and a recipe for Mama Panya's Pancakes!  Bonus!  Love books that include recipes.  We also enjoyed Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daily. 

Product DetailsAnother title I am going to add, but haven't gotten out is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba in the picture book edition.  I haven't read that particular edition, but loved the young reader's edition.  I think anyone can appreciate the ingenuity and ambition of William Kambwamba. 


A Flatter World - Our Flat Stanley Adventures

Sometimes, deciding what to do for school is easy and sometimes, it is not.  Other times, it is quite inspired!  I had heard of Flat Stanley when my older ones were younger, but never really thought to turn it into a learning opportunity.  I had also heard of others sending off Flat Stanleys that they had created to other children. 

This year, I since I had decided that I would study Geography with my second grader, Daniel and his sister, Sophia, who is only in preschool, I thought that Flat Stanley could help us with learning about the different continents and the people who lived there. 

The hardest thing is to find others to exchange Flat Stanleys with.  Then, I found the website:  www.flatstanley.com.  This website matches up those who wish to exchange Flat Stanleys.  So, far, we have sent off one to Australia, one to Taiwan, and another to California.  Soon, one will travel to Brazil.  That marks off four of the seven continents, though we would love to exchange much more than that. 

So, that brings me to the purpose of the blog - - I thought that it would be great to mark the travels of our Flat Stanleys and those that we receive on this blog.  I also will be including the resources we use to study each continent - books, websites, DVD's and other resources. 

Hope you enjoy this blog!

In Christ,
Jennifer