Flat Stanley

My nephew Jake had a Flat Stanley learning adventure that turned into an adventure for a lot of my friends and I too! So many people spent so much time helping Jake learn more about this incredible country of ours that I couldn’t let it be confined to a book somewhere. I really wanted to share it more broadly. So slowly I started posting them here on my blog. Its taken a long time but we’re finished!

Jake & his Flat Stanley

Starting the Project

We got this all started by a simple blog post asking if anyone was willing to help me get a series of adventures together for Jake’s class & his Flat Stanley. The blog posts below provide that plea and some of the earliest thoughts around what was coming together!

Flat Stanley with a chinchilla

The Adventures

To help you find some of the adventures that most interest you, the following list of links & intros were pulled together.

  • Jan Hoadley of Slow Money Farm in northern Alabama — Jan has a great small farm. Its a real passion for her to help others learn about the way she does things from raising rabbits to communications. She also grows & dries herbs like rosemary and I can tell you, the aroma had to encourage Stanley to jump right in! And the photos of Stanley with her chinchilla (a type of rabbit which I recently found out even some adults didn’t realize LOL) draw you in in a way that few could possibly do! To see lots of photos and the full story of the visit with Jan, click here.
  • Jecca Ostrander who is a RanchWife4Life and works with Box O Quarterhorses in northwest Nebraska took Flat Stanley along on chores with her son Stetson one day. She also took time to teach him about the Sand Hills and the Ogallala aquifer! Lots of photos on this one to help my nephew get the feel of a very different area of the country! Continue reading ?
  • Debbie Lyons-Blythe lives on a Kansas cattle ranch not too far from Manhattan, Kansas. She took Stanley along one day as she was doing chores on her ranch. Doing water chores with such cold weather was made a bit easier with some sunshine. He learned about taking care of Debbie’s cattle (and soon you’ll see more ranch adventures). Continue reading ?
  • Memphis! Take Me to the River, Sun Studio & the Peabody! — Memphis, Tennessee (644 miles from home) Welcome to Memphis, TN Ms. Rorie’s Class and Jake! Flat Stanley came to visit me in Memphis, where I am going to college to be a teacher.  We went to a bunch of …Continue reading ?

Thanks from Jake

Jake wanted to tell everyone thank you. so he wrote this great letter to all the folks who hosted Flat Stanley & sent back stories of the adventures he went on!

thank you from Jake

When you read that… make sure you look at the end. Here it is all typed and impersonal:

Hi Everyone,

Thank you very much for helping us do the Flat Stanley Project. It was very cool and fun. I know Flat Stanley had a good time thanks to all you nice people. My teacher, Ms. Rorie, put my Flat Stanley book in the front case at school, that’s how much they liked it!!!

Love, Jake

Thank you!!!

Jake’s book was pulled as being one of the best in the school and they’ve put it in a display case at the front of the school for a while! (He used THREE exclamation points for that!) He also told me that during the time when everyone in the class was able to look at other kids books, his was the one that got the most attention from several kids. He said that a lot of his classmates didn’t know that his family knew so many farmers but he knew I did! LOL!

My Sincere Thanks!!!

It doesn’t feel like saying thanks is enough for all the people who have come together to help Jake’s class learn about so many different places and activities! No doubt, the stories will shape his world for years to come!

19 Responses to Flat Stanley

  1. SlowMoneyFarm March 5, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Very cool!!!

  2. Anne Adrian March 5, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Great story! Loved participating, but loved reading other stories more!

    • JPlovesCOTTON March 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks Anne! I really learned quite a bit myself!

      • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

        I like what you did

  3. Susan Crowell March 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Many years ago, one of my farm friends’ daughter was also embarking on a Flat Stanley adventure at her school. The summer before, then-Ohio Gov. Bob Taft had spent the night with the Moff dairy farmily during the Ohio State Fair, so young Heidi went out on a limb and sent Flat Stanley to Gov. Taft. He had a lot of fun with Stanley, even taking him to the Fiesta Bowl when the Buckeyes were playing and on official visits.

    I wonder if the author ever envisioned the breadth of world geography and learning the book could open up for generations!

    I’ve enjoyed Jake’s Flat Stanley travels and thanks to his cool aunt for facilitating a lot of them, and then sharing them with the rest of us!

    • JPlovesCOTTON March 7, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Great story! Who would have thought you could get the governor to do the project! Jake still has trouble understanding just how his Flat Stanley was able to see so much and meet so many people. I’ll have to find a way to get Jake some of those experiences first-hand!

  4. Sarah June 9, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks for sharing this link with me on twitter!

    Wow – this is AMAZING!! I have heard of the flat stanley adventures – but it never seemed like anything I wanted to do with my first graders – but, this . . . this is beyond an adventure. I cannot believe how much the class must have learned about agriculture and our beautiful and diverse country!

    This next school year I am planning on doing a an agriculture theme (I have never done a theme and am a little nervous) – an whole class flat stanley adventure like this would be so much fun!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

    • JPlovesCOTTON June 9, 2011 at 11:38 am #

      You are welcome! My tweeps and Facebook friends really rose to the occasion. I think Jake’s teacher was dumbfounded by it all! With 25 kids or so, the range of how much people do with their Stanley is quite broad – my family said I was just trying to set the curve LOL! lots of fun.

  5. Betty Jackson July 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I am a 2nd grade teacher in Alamogordo, NM and am trying to set up my FS list for this school year. I found it works out a lot smoother to have people already on a list. We send a postcard, FS, and two letters, one from a student and one about our school and state. If we may send you a FS please send me your e-mail and mailing address.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Betty NM


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