This year we are Exploring Countries and Cultures as we learn about World Geography. As a fun addition to our curriculum, we created a "FLAT ETHAN" to travel around the world.
We got the idea from some friends that told us about their Flat Stanley projects. We quickly checked out the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown from the library. The book is about a young boy named Stanley who is accidentally squished "as flat as a pancake" when a bulletin board falls on him. Stanley is very, very flat but otherwise fine. The story tells of Stanley's adventures being flat. He can slide under doors, go down into sidewalk grates, and even fold himself up small enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed to excited and interesting places.
So...we started asking people we know that either live in other countries and states or are traveling abroad. We are hoping that "FLAT ETHAN" travels to every continent. We have almost accomplished that! We have had a blast learning about different countries, cultures, and people as we have received pictures from our friends throughout the year!
I will post highlights from all of his travels in the coming weeks. Here is the first one...FLAT ETHAN's TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA!
Laura (Green) Orr, one of my former PALs from Redwater, is living in South Africa this year. She was so sweet to take all of these pictures and to write a really cool letter to Ethan, explaining his travels with her and her husband! Just click on this link to go to her blog and read about her life in South Africa right now! Thanks, Laura, for helping us!