“On the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his mate, and the mackereel and the pickereel, and the really truly twirly-whirly eel. All the fishes he could find in all the sea he ate with his mouth–so! Till at last there was only one small fish left in all the sea, and he was a small ‘Stute Fish, and he swam a little behind the Whale’s right ear, so as to be out of harm’s way. Then the Whale stood up on his tail and said, ‘I’m hungry.’ And the small ‘Stute Fish said in a small ‘stute voice, ‘Noble and generous Cetacean, have you ever tasted Man?’
‘No,’ said the Whale. ‘What is it like?’
‘Nice,’ said the small ‘Stute Fish. ‘Nice but nubbly.’
‘Then fetch me some,’ said the Whale, and he made the sea froth up with his tail.”
–Rudyard Kipling, How The Whale Got His Throat
We had Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories laying around our house growing up, and I have distinct memories of creating my own Kipling style story in my second grade class. I wrote “How the Fish Got his Fins” or something close to that. It involved the “god of the sea” and possibly something from outer space.
When I was older, and had a regular babysitting job, I would tell a bedtime story about how peanut butter and jelly sandwiches first came to be. There was, of course, one planet made of peanut butter, and one made of jelly. There were inter-galactic battles, peace talks and eventually a truce that lead to the first delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The powerfully creative stories in the Just So Stories collection have stayed with me my whole life. I think second grade is a good time to start reading them to kids because any earlier and they might not have the patience to absorb the lessons..What do you think?
Here is a link to the whole collection on the web:
The first project started at our new house will be a tree house. We are actually not sure if it will actually go up in the tree or just stay on the ground. Tommy sat down with his Grandpa to draw up some creative plans. Tommy only needed one go at it..he knew EXACTLY what he wanted! Stay tuned for the progress
Plan: Tommy is a little stand-offish these days when it comes to doing any math learning at home. I saw this on pinterest and decided to give it a try.
Status report: Hershey’s Kisses have been unwrapped and consumed! Tommy must have gotten to them before I could even start the game. What a guy~
Summary: The chocolate should have been a motivator, but really was just a distraction. I couldn’t get him to answer any math questions ( event the easy ones that I know he knows!) because he was thinking about popping those chocolates in his mouth. As soon as I left the room for a second..that’s exactly what he did. This game requires supervision at all times!
glue and a heart puncher