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    I'm so excited... I will be using "A Treasure's Trove" to teach/guide 4th & 5th grade students in learning about puzzles, codes, and creative research (my terminology! ).

    I talked to the principal and the teachers involved yesterday, and when they actuallly SAW the book and the companion book, they agreed it would make a very good enrichment project. There are always a percentage of students who need extra projects to keep them interested and "plugged in".

    I was going to just open it up to anyone during noon recess time, but I think they know it would soon get everyone involved. By starting with 12 students in their 'special projects' time, they will share with their friends on their own time.

    I'm not a teacher, but I play one once on a while. When my older children were at this school, I taught "mini-courses" when the entire class would have "enrichment". Now, funding and the necessity to teach so many social programs and study helps have stopped much of that. But there are still a few bright students who really NEED the stimulation and incentive to work at something.

    It's a very small school, with less than 300 students. The library in the school is the only one many in the school have, because the township doesn't provide for access to a public library. It costs nearly two hundred dollars a year for a library card to another library, and many just don't have the money.

    I sent an email to Mr. Stadther's ebay site, hoping to buy several books and a couple of companion books for the school library. (The eBay site only sells "kits".) The principal thinks the PTA would get them to benefit any children who couldn't buy a book on their own.

    I have seen the excitement my 3rd grader has... as she learns more, she's becoming more interested in learning even more! So this will be a fun project.

    I will NOT be sending these children here, but if their excitement pulls in parents, I'll tell THEM.

    I don't anticipate the students finding a jewel, but we'll have LOTS of fun searching the books!

    "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." (Henry David Thoreau)

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    Default Re: Enrichment study for students...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cat957
    I'm so excited... I will be using "A Treasure's Trove" to teach/guide 4th & 5th grade students in learning about puzzles, codes, and creative research (my terminology! ).
    That' great, Cat! I'm sure the kids will love it, and it will give you another reason to not do housework - I love finding reasons to not do housework!
    Keep us updated...

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    That's a GREAT idea, Cat!

    You can also order the books from the author here:

    http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/sea...ld-status=open

    When my 'little one' claimed the story book as her own, I immediately ordered an extra for me, from here. It came in one week! He also offers the 'companion book' here...

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    That a great idea! So cool! :P

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    You know, one of the most fun parts of this for me will be watching what *they* see, and how they think about it, and how they go about figuring things out.

    I won't be pushing them, TELLING them, but guiding them as they come up with things.

    I will be listening and giving them the tools they need, once they see interesting things, plus adding background information as it comes up.

    I look at this as a "Grand Adventure".

    If you want, I can post updates on their ideas and insights.
    "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." (Henry David Thoreau)

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    Please do!

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    I know what you mean by watching them look at the pages and find what they call "clues" because I have three younger sisters who occasionaly sit down with the book and glance at it. Please post their ideas, you never know who might find something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat957
    You know, one of the most fun parts of this for me will be watching what *they* see, and how they think about it, and how they go about figuring things out.
    And if they figure out a vital part of the code, they are helping you as much as you help them, lol

    but yes that really is a great idea
    Or am I just paranoid...

    *Of course*

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    LOL @ _~BlAnK...

    I really don't anticipate that happening. Unless the parents get involved and get excited about it, and help their child, I don't see anything especially new coming out.

    This will be once, possibly twice a week, for a half hour.

    At this point, they won't have their own books, so the school will buy several. But only looking at them at school won't help that much.

    There is so much, just for starters, for them to search out, and learn about. It will keep them busy for quite a while.

    If I just threw out info, it would only confuse them. It's the things we learn and discover *ourselves* that stick with us best.

    Each one will find something *NEW* (to them), and share it as it's found. They'll learn to compare, to cooperate, to question, to investigate theories, to study ways to solve a puzzle. Who talks about Morse Code any more? The Coast Guard even abandoned it. These kids will learn it, and be excited DOING it!!!

    I also help teach what we call "Art Smart" (since art funding was cut), and I've seen the excitement when they learn a new art technique. To master something new when you're 9 years old and NOT athletic... *WOW*!

    Yup, I'm gonna have fun with this.

    "It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." (Henry David Thoreau)

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    At the White Plains booksigning, Mr. Stadther made a point while describing the legal requirements for contests in many states, that he needed to donate a certain number to libraries and schools. He also said he spends about two hours a day answering his e-mails.

    Maybe he could hook your program up?
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