Spectacular September!

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Flat Stanley and Tameka, 09-15-2014 MondayHi, it’s me, Tameka. The participants and I definitely had a spectacular month of September as you will see.

In recognition of the fact of September is National Apple Month, and the upcoming holiday, Johnny Appleseed Day on Friday, September 26th,we ate apple-themed foods, such as applesauce and apple parfaits, and made apple inspired arts and crafts.

It was a delicious day!

Also, in the month of September, we celebrated upcoming beginning of the Fall season which will be on Tuesday, September 23rd. Some of the participants made Fall Hats and Scarecrow Paper Dolls. We made Fall leaves etchings where they use a crayon to transfer the image of the leaf to a piece of paper and frame it with Popsicle sticks. We also played games of Fall bingo.

It was a fabulous Fall day!

On Tuesday, September 2nd, The other Arc Participants and I ate the West Avenue Location celebrated the 50th birthday of the children’s book character named “Flat” Stanley Lambchop by taking part in the Flat Stanley Project. We learned that The book series about Stanley was written by Jeff Brown in 1964.  The Flat Stanley Project is an educational project started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to make letter-writing skills easier by schoolchildren to each other as they write about where Flat Stanley has gone with them. Students begin by reading the book and becoming familiar with the story. Then they make their own Flat Stanleys (or pictures of the Stanley Lambchop character) and keep a diary for a few days, needing telling about the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. The Flat Stanley and the journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his diary, then return them both after a period of time. Stanley’s story started out with him and his younger brother Arthur being given a big bulletin board by their father to display pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley’s bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his different shape, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope.

Stanley even helps catch some art museum thieves by pretending to be a painting on the wall. Eventually, Stanley is tired of being flat and Arthur changes him back to his proper shape using a bicycle pump. The Arc Participants and I thought that it was really fun to take pictures of Flat Stanley and showing how great of a place The Arc is to attend. I remember when I was in third grade, my classmates and I participated in The Flat Stanley Project. I had gotten to see how people live all around the world. I am very happy that my friends at The Arc had a chance to experience seeing people and things that we share with the world.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I’ll be back next month with the highlights of Halloween activities. I can’t wait to celebrate Halloween. It is my favorite holiday season next to Christmas and Fiesta. Also, I decided what my Halloween costume is going to be. I am going to be Queen Titania; Queen of the Fairies! Look up William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” See you then!

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