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Flat Stanley Visits the Younger Group

At the beginning of November the Younger Group was surprised by an exciting piece of mail. A “Flat Stanley” character was mailed to our school! The children read a letter detailing the travel of Stanley - who is visiting all the way from a third grade class in Skaneateles, New York.

The Flat Stanley Project is inspired by a book by Jeff Brown, which tells the adventures of a young boy who accidentally becomes as "flat as a pancake" when a bul-letin board falls on him. Stanley is very flat but other-wise fine. The stories go on to tell of great adventures and even some real advantages to being flat. He can slide under doors, go down into sidewalk grates and even fold himself up small enough to fit into an enve-lope and be mailed to California for an exciting vaca-tion. The Younger Group children were thrilled to find that he had now traveled to the Antioch School.

After reading the letter, gleeful ideas were shared with the group:

"We should take him to the Glen!"

"Let's teach him to ride the unicycle."

"We can make Flat People too!"

"I want to make a Flat Monster!"

"Can we send the children a backdrop to put their Flat People on too? They can play with their paper people after they get our mail!"

"We should tell them Stanley got here."

"Let's read his stories. He'll listen too!"

Children quickly found interest in these different ideas. Plans were made and now we have been carrying out each plan which will ensure a pleasant stay and safe return for Flat Stanley. He joined our hike on Monday-morning and has been reading stories with our full group. Children are creating "backdrops" which can be used for dramatic paper doll play with our Flat People and Monsters.

The Younger Group children have sent a card from Flat Stanley to his class back in New York:

Dear School,

I am having such a good time at the school I am visiting. It is fun!

I went on a hike with the Younger Group. The YG class is who I am visiting. Their names are Merida, Emma, Ryan, Jack, Sophia, Lucy, Ayla, Jonah, Olivia, Antonio, Jackson, Isaac, Violet, and Luca and their teacher is Christine. They are lots of fun!

This class is learning about their village - Yellow Springs. It is in Ohio. They go to places like Current Cuisine and the Yellow Springs Newspaper. They might go to Ha Ha Pizza next. These are all businesses in Yellow Springs.

I am learning to ride the unicycle. The Younger Group (YG) children like to make calendars in math and they love to make up skits and plays. We play lots of games and read good stories.

I'll see you soon!


Flat Stanley

We will wrap up our adventures with Flat Stanley in the upcoming days and mail him back to New York with sto-ries from his travels and paper creations for his loved ones back home to enjoy. If you happen to see a paper-thin, happy child around our school in the next week or so, please say “hello” to him. We are all doing our best to make Flat Stanley feel so very welcome at our school.


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