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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Testing Week, Paper Toys, and Burt Dow

Toby and Lane show us Burt Dow and his Tidely-Idely
The Edwards Academy kids are taking standardized tests this week, which means that our schedule is turned on its head. Having plenty of mental energy for testing is the top priority, so the rest of our days will be pretty unstructured. Enjoying that extra measure of freedom, the kids are spending this afternoon working on making paper toys.

Two weeks ago during our study of immigration, the kids made paper toys of the Statue of Liberty. In finding that project we found two paper toy websites that have some great free projects. Free except for using ink! (We don't use the color ink for these little projects, even though some are in full color. Once again, I'm feeling good about that laser printer.)

This afternoon Hope is making a Mississippi riverboat, Sydney is making a girl paper doll, and Lane is making a karate kid. We found and Canon 3D Papercraft. Have you found any paper toy sites?

I mentioned the author and illustrator Robert McCloskey a few posts back. I'm sure your familiar with his Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, but what about Burt Dow: Deep Water Man?

We found this book because we go on streaks where we like to read everything by the author of one of our favorites. Our boys like Burt Dow more fondly than even Make Way for Ducklings.* Burt Dow takes his beloved double-ender boat, the Tidely-Idely out to sea and encounters a whale.

The he started the make-and-break, clackety-BANG! clackety-BANG! And, firm hand on the tiller, giggling gull flying along behind, he headed out of the cove, going clackety-bangety down the bay to fish for cod.

This book even inspired us to google "make-and-break engines." Robert McCloskey books are great no matter how you slice it, but for landlocked Kansas kids, McCloskey books (Time of Wonder, One Morning in Maine, Blueberries for Sal, Burt Dow: Deep Water Man) give a taste of New England life.

*By the way, growing up reading Make Way for Ducklings laid a good foundation for studying birds in zoology. Last week when we read about molting and preening, the kids immediately remembered Mr. and Mrs. Mallard doing this. I'm sure you experience the same thing with this and other stories. That's another anecdotal reason for reading to preschoolers over and over, but that's a whole different subject.

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