February 8th, 2011
52NEW ~ Flat Stanley
Big switch from me yelling at a nun last week!
Who is Flat Stanley?
Well Stanley is a character in a book. According to Wikipedia:
Flat Stanley is a 1964 children’s book written by Jeff Brown (1926 – December 3, 2003) and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer. It is the first in a series of books featuring Stanley Lambchop, a completely flat boy.
Here is why I received Flat Stanley in the mail:
The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has gone with them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project
My nephew who lives in London Ontario and is in grade 3 at London Christian Elementary School sent Flat Stanley for a visit in Kelowna! Living so far away from my sisters kids can be tough, but it makes me feel a ton closer when I get included in projects like this!
I learned more than you would think doing this project.
* Who Flat Stanley is.
* That it has a Canadian connection.
* How to use my Keynote program on MAC.
* How to transfer it to quicktime.
* How to use slideshow.
* How to finally get it on You Tube.
* How much I LOVE technology.
People can complain all they want about smart phones and the Internet taking us away from the best things in life, but in my case it is just bringing me closer. As Steve and I took Flat Stanley for a tour of Kelowna we sent pictures via Blackberry to my sister and Carter so they could get excited with us and without skype I would feel even further away from them than I often do. I get to chat with the kids SEE their new haircuts and back to school clothes, watch them grow and more than once have learned a new dance move or two. Plus it’s FREE.
Enjoy this You Tube version of my “Keynote” slide show. Sorry you can’t click to advance the slides, each one is about 20 seconds giving time for the kids in grade 3 to read them. I was unable to figure out how to make it so you could click rather than wait.. well I did figure out one way, but then the music disappeared. (insert head banging against wall here)
We did Flat Stanley for my nephew about 7 years ago…it’s such a fun thing to do! He flew all the way from Texas to hang out with us!
We did not make a video and be all high tech like you did…we were a low technology Flat Stanley family! Thanks for sharing! Wish we had done this when I was a kid!
You did such an excellent job Sue & Steve! I think I should get Carter’s teacher to send you a marking rubric for your part in this! I bet you would get “Advanced” (ie. A+++++++++++)!!