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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:)





12 comments:

  1. I can remember doing Fla Stanley with my kids - it was so much fun! Looks like your Stanley had a great time, too!

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    1. Yes, in spite of the fact he missed lunch:(

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  2. I vote you take Flat Stanley on every trip. Sound like you all had a terrific time!

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    1. I wonder if my grandson will send him back....

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  3. What a great outing for Flat Stanley! I loved those things! :)
    Also, thanks for your comments over at Building On Joy. I'm so happy that you think the Couch to 5K will work for you. According to friends, even if you walk, it's ok - it's just MOVING that's important! :) Go, go, go!!!

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    1. Maybe I will get Flat Stanley to help me reach my goals!

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  4. I remember 2 yrs ago our grandson sent us Flat Stanley to take on a few trips here and there around Cincinnati. My husband and I had a blast driving to the points of interest or history, even found a childrens farm zoo we didn't even know existed.. It was so much fun to be chosen to be a part of that experience, I know what you mean.. Grandchildren are such a wonderful blessing... just wish mine were closer or I was closer I guess I should say...
    Someday...

    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank goodness for grandchildren! Its great to be a part of their life even if its only playing guest to Flat Stanley. I am so glad you enjoyed your day also. I wish my grandchildren were so much closer.

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  5. My coworker has a rock named Sheldon. He goes everywhere with her. It is awesome and hilarious. There is even a (construction paper) legal guardianship documene drawn up for him. Lol. But Sheldon does and sees so many things. =P At one point he had a fb page documenting his travels, a tiny life raft and who knows what else. =)
    Alesha <3

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    1. Hummm maybe like the pet rocks in the seventies?? That is a good idea! Sheldon huh?

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  6. Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday this week.

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  7. Now this is something every school should do. I really love the concept and the kids have to be excited when they see all the pictures! Nice to get to know you and your family. I hope you get to travel in the RV for 2013 that has been a dream of mine too.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))