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Friday, October 11

Flat Stanley and The Ohio School for the Deaf

Posted by Sandy at Friday, October 11, 2013 1 comments Links to this post
 Hello, it's me Flat Stanley.  I've been out exploring again and wanted to share what I learned about the above sign.  It's located at the entrance to The Ohio School for the Deaf at 500 Morse Road, in the northern part of Columbus, Ohio.  This sign tells you the school was established in 1829.....way way back, October 16th, 1829.  Do you know how long ago that was?  2013-1829=184 years ago.    When it was established there were only 4 other schools in the entire country for deaf students.  This school made the 5th, but was the first to be 100% funded by state funds.  WOW.  That's pretty impressive.


 This is the 3rd location for the school.  When it started with 1 or 5 students (my research found conflicting data on the number of students it started with), it was located on the corner of Broad and High Streets in downtown Columbus in a small  facility.  Within 1 year the number of students grew to 22-100(again conflicting information regarding the numbers), and needed more room.  10 acres on Town Street, also downtown were purchased for the building of the school in.  Additions were needed in 1834, 1845 and 1856.  Growth continued and by 1868 there were a total of 7 buildings on the campus.  In 1869 President Rutherford B. Hayes spoke at the first commencement in the country for deaf students.  Did you know President Hayes was an Ohioan?

 By 1940, the school was again in need of more space and purchased 130 acres on Morse Road for it's campus.  You can see the long entrance into the grounds in these pictures, with plenty of room for outdoor sporting events as well as space for education and residences for the students.  This new facility opened on November 8, 1953.  The school's colors are blue and white..

Here's a couple of pictures of the old school at various stages.



Adults, help the children understand what it means to be deaf.  Have you seen people talking with their hands?  Locate Columbus on a map, find Broad and High, Town and Washington, and Morse Road on a map.

If you've been here before you might remember when I toured the Topiary Gardens, where the school used to be on Town and Washington.  If not, please click here to see it.

Adults how about helping the kids learn a few new spelling words?  Deaf, School, Sign Language, commencement .  You can learn how to read a map, new vocabulary words, new spelling words, and learn history with me.

So many ways to learn things with Flat Stanley, be sure and come back I'll have another adventure for you on Monday.

Please share your Flat Stanley adventures. Email me to send you a Flat Stanley, or print and color your own, make your own adventure, take photo's. Contact me and I will post your stories, your adventures, and your photo's every Saturday for Flat Stanley Sharing Saturdays.... Adults this is a way to get your kids involved, no last names will be used so you needn't worry about protecting your child by having his or her posts here. Can you imagine how excited the'll be to see something they did on the internet. sandycrochet at gmail dot com

Friday, August 30

Flat Stanley Learns about Yucca's

Posted by Sandy at Friday, August 30, 2013 0 comments Links to this post
Hello everyone, it's me Flat Stanley, I've had a busy summer hope you all have too.  But, I've been a bit sad...knowing you all have been busy doing and learning, I really wanted you to share your adventures with me; but......heavy sigh, you didn't.  That doesn't mean though you still can't...share past or future adventures with me.

Here I am roaming the back yard to show you a cool plant called a YUCCA.  It's a fun word to say too.  This plant changes so much as it grows.  First it looks like prickly green swords, then it sends up a tall stalk.  Then bumps appear on the stalk and little arms start to unwind...seriously you can almost see it happen if you look at the plant several times a day.  Then you get puffy white flowers.  Take a closer look by enlarging the photo(remember all photo's get bigger, just click on them).

In this picture you can see the little arms...like branches on a tree as it starts to open up.  Yuccas are in fact in the tree and shrub family, evergreen family.  Who knew that?  I sure didn't.  The leaves are tough, thick sword shaped, and can be sharp so you should be careful when touching them.  There are over 40 species and 20+ sub-species of these interesting plants.


Do you have any of these plants in your yard?  Do you see any when you go for a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood?  They grow quite tall, some in my yard are close to 6 foot tall.  Though they primarily like desert areas, and are very popular in the southwestern United States they also grow here in the midwest.

Adults help the kids find these plants, stand next to them to see how tall they are.  Let them take a photo of the plant once a day to see all the changes the plant goes through.  Get a yard stick and do some measuring to help them with the numbers and understanding how tall the plants grow.


Please share your Flat Stanley adventures. Email me to send you a Flat Stanley, or print and color your own, make your own adventure, take photo's. Contact me and I will post your stories, your adventures, and your photo's every Saturday for Flat Stanley Sharing Saturdays.... Adults this is a way to get your kids involved, no last names will be used so you needn't worry about protecting your child by having his or her posts here. Can you imagine how excited the'll be to see something they did on the internet. sandycrochet at gmail dot com

Saturday, July 27

Flat Stanley Visits The Wall of Honor, Marion Ohio

Posted by Sandy at Saturday, July 27, 2013 3 comments Links to this post

 Hi everybody...it's me Flat Stanley again with something to share.  Look at all these names.  I was particularly interested in The McCombs Family.  I'm here in Marion, Ohio (home of President Warren G. Harding), at a very inspiring War Memorial.  You can see from the list of names that 5 names, Bernard L, Dale E, Donald L., Richard S, and Robert W. McCombs all served their country in World War II.  Notice the * by Bernard's name, that means he was killed in action.

 He's a picture of the beautiful memorial, just inside the gates at The Marion Cemetery.  Flags flying all around it's really quite beautiful.  Way way back, in 1940( how long ago was that, can you do the math?) there was a wooden Wall of Honor at the courthouse to honor all those from Marion County who served their country during World War II.  The memorial stood there until 1970 when it removed due to deterioration.   Several people got together to organize for a new memorial, but it took some time.  In 1990 a Marion County World War II Veterans Memorial Committee was formed, and after getting organized they raised $5,000.00 for the memorial from both corporations and individuals.  The Marion Cemetery Association donated the land so the memorial could be built.  It's considered one of the largest outside of Washington D.C.

My secretary, Sandy and her friend Wendy McCombs toured with me this day.  It's Wendy's family members I posed with.  Her father, Dale, her uncles, and her grandfather.  What a honor.

Adults take the kids on a walk, or bike ride, or stop the car the next time you see a memorial.  Take time to explore it, to explain to the kids about these important things that happened so long ago.  As always you can do math by subtracting the dates, do some geography by finding Marion, Ohio on the map.  Talk about family members you have that have served, explain what a memorial is and why it should be respected, valued, and visited.

Let the kids use some clay or play doh to make a memorial, it will help them remember.

In this day of electronic war games that kids play with their devices, it's important they understand that's NOT real, and the real sacrifices others have made is far different.  That bullets really are dangerous, and that sports figures aren't courageous and brave...men and women serving their country are.

Please share your Flat Stanley adventures. Email me to send you a Flat Stanley, or print and color your own, make your own adventure, take photo's. Contact me and I will post your stories, your adventures, and your photo's every Saturday for Flat Stanley Sharing Saturdays.... Adults this is a way to get your kids involved, no last names will be used so you needn't worry about protecting your child by having his or her posts here. Can you imagine how excited the'll be to see something they did on the internet. sandycrochet at gmail dot com

Saturday, July 13

Coral Bells, Hummingbirds and Flat Stanley

Posted by Sandy at Saturday, July 13, 2013 0 comments Links to this post
 Here I am again, I've got another plant and flower to tell you about.  Look down, I'm right in the middle of this pretty Coral Bells.  Aren't they a pretty plant, bright pink-reddish little flowers that really do look like a little bell.  The flowers grow off shoots that grow out from the green foliage part of the plant.  This plants are easy to grown and grow in lots of different growing zones, 3-9.  Remember our map, if not click Here.

These plants grow in sun, partial sun, and in shade.  That's pretty usual.  Most plants need a specific type of light.  They're considered an evergreen (you know like green bushes you often see in front yards), they're a perennials(remember we learned what a perennials were when we learned about planting zones).  They grown 12-36 inches tall and 6-30 inches wide.  Hey adults get rulers and tape measure and show the kids how these flowers grow.  They considered a ground cover and come in a variety of leave colors and flower colors.  They change colors too from summer to fall.  But, the best part is these flowers attract Hummingbirds.  You can sit on your deck or patio and watch the Hummingbirds...if you sit nice and still and quiet.  It's fun.

Do you have these in your yard?  Does your neighbor?  Go for a walk and see if you can find some during your walk or bike ride.

These are called Palace Purple, see some leaves are green some are dark burgundy almost and their flowers are tiny little white feathery like flowers.  The leaves on this type seem to change color based on how much sun they get.

See if you can examples of both in your neighborhood.

See you next time for another adventure.


Please share your Flat Stanley adventures. Email me to send you a Flat Stanley, or print and color your own, make your own adventure, take photo's. Contact me and I will post your stories, your adventures, and your photo's every Saturday for Flat Stanley Sharing Saturdays.... Adults this is a way to get your kids involved, no last names will be used so you needn't worry about protecting your child by having his or her posts here. Can you imagine how excited the'll be to see something they did on the internet. sandycrochet at gmail dot com
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