;e Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Facebook page would be a great way to locate
another homeschool family who would be interested in participating in the project.
;e Make a Stanley feature of the free iPhone
app allows users to create their own Stanley or
Stella and customize it before inserting it into
pictures or sending to others.
Flat Stella, our female character on the app. Participants can select clothing, facial expressions,
and skin color, then create a biography and send it to others who have the app. It disappears
from the owner’s app and appears on the host’s app to be inserted into pictures and taken on
adventures. ;is Flat Stella was digitally inserted into this photograph using the app.
As your children record their observations, they can build a portfolio of Flat
Stanley adventures. On a recent trip
to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in
Huntsville, Alabama, we took Stanley
along. While learning about space and
aviation, we took Stanley’s picture and
documented the trip. ;en, we made
journal entries about what we learned.
;e bene;ts of the Flat Stanley project
are vast. ;e student learns about the world
around him through the Stanley’s travels.
;e student also builds writing skills as he
journals what he learns, documents the adventures, and corresponds with others.
;e Flat Stanley project is one of those
fun family projects that you can customize to ;t your student’s learning needs.
Using the basics of the story and the Stanley template, you can explore the world
around you through your own creativity.
Flatstanley.com has some ideas to get
you started if you do not have family or
friends to whom you could mail him or
do not travel. Have fun!
Brandy Chandler lives with her husband
and two children in beautiful rural Tennessee. Brandy feels blessed to have the
privilege to homeschool her children and
loves coming up with creative ways to
teach new concepts and life skills. In addition to homeschooling, Brandy enjoys
blogging, writing, and jogging.
1. www.; atstanley.com, accessed January 3, 2012.
Create a Flat Stanley Scrapbook
A scrapbook or portfolio provides a unique way to document the adventures of
Flat Stanley and to showcase what your student learned. ;roughout the dura-
tion of the project, the student will collect a number of artifacts that can easily
be showcased in the scrapbook. ;e scrapbook might include these components:
•;Overview—Basic information and objectives for the project
•;Informational Handout—A copy of the letter that the student sent out to
•;Questionnaire—Interview your child to ;nd out about Flat Stanley’s likes,
dislikes, favorite adventure, favorite food, etc.
•;Journal Entries—As Stanley travels around the world, students should make
journal entries as they learn more about each region. Date, location, weather,
and a summary of Stanley’s trip would be appropriate entries. ;e travel journal can be completed by the family who is hosting Stanley or by the student
as he travels.
•;Map—A map that highlights places visited. Students can use stickers to mark
where Stanley has visited and label the city or state.
1. Brochures. Ask participants to mail to your child brochures about places
that Stanley visited while they hosted him. ;ese brochures will provide
additional facts so that the student can learn more about the landmarks
and culture of each region.
2. Postcards. Have family and friends mail postcards during Stanley’s visits,
either from the host or from Stanley to the child. Most children would
enjoy receiving a simple note about Stanley’s recent adventure, especially
younger children who don’t ordinarily receive mail.
3. Stamps. Collect the stamps o; of the return packages. You might make a
“Passport Page” on which to display the stamps and list the dates of Stanley’s journey.