Monday, May 14, 2012
Flat Stanley visits
My Fellow and I had an awesome opportunity and day. My grandson mailed us a "Flat Stanley"! We had to do our homework about Flat Stanley because we had never heard of him. We learned that Flat Stanley is an amazing educational tool for teachers and an amazing adventure for the children. So very simple but ever so clever!
He is a paper boy (I am not sure if there is a paper girl, hummm wonder what her name would be if she exists??) (but what female wishes to be called "Flat anything"?) OK, where was I? Oh Yes, the children in my grandson's classroom colored a "Flat Stanley" and each one of them mailed their "Flat Stanley" to a participating relative, friend etc in another part of the world. Flat Stanley is taken on a tour of this location and is returned with photos, aids and etc to share with the classroom about his field trip.
What an amazing adventure!! (to quote my granddaughter). This was like taking your children on a field trip and seeing the sights in their eyes but not having the stops for the bathroom, the snacks and the "are we there yet" questions. (not that I didn't enjoy those times but I am older now, lol). We just simply toured our points of interest and placed our "Flat Stanley" in his folder until the next stop. We even had lunch and left him in the car (no babysitter and no guilt). It was a great day!
We took our Flat Stanley to the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried and convicted in Mesilla. My Fellow even saw another Flat Stanley on the Plaza while I was in the gift shop buying a New Mexico State Flag to send home with Flat Stanley. We wouldn't have never noticed or knew what it was if we hadn't had a grandson send us a Flat Stanley. Our grandchildren are now teaching us:)
We spend several hours driving out to where the spaceport is being built just to take this photo. But just the interesting facts about a spaceport that will eventually take passengers into space was too much fun to pass up. After we returned we researched even more information on Spaceport America and learned and shared our new knowledge in our report back to the class.
We finally arrived at White Sands at about sundown. What a great way to end the day, walking barefoot in the gorgeous white sand. How lucky we were to have the opportunity to take Flat Stanley on a tour of our area. I thank God every day for my children and grandchildren and this was just another blessing I have received.
We arrived home and complied our photos, numerous handouts and wrote explanations on our day and complied it into a folder to be mailed to our grandson. It was so much fun and was so rewarding! But the most rewarding moment was when our grandson face timed us and we saw his excited face telling us all about his teacher reading and sharing our information with his class. We totally high fived and did the "We Are Great" happy dance!
Ever since this we have been thinking we need a Flat Stanley or something else to take with us on our travels. We enjoyed the sights ever so much more because of Flat Stanley and we took so many amazing pictures with him. We are trying to come up with ideas. All suggestions are welcome.
Please send us any and all suggestions:)