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    Default I started the class...

    Yesterday morning I introduced ten 9-12-year-olds to this book (one was sick & out for the day).

    One child had heard of it, and was THRILLED to get to see what it was all about. The others were quickly caught up in the idea of *treasure hunting* and secrets. It's the perfect age for that, ya know??

    We only have 3 books, and they're trying to order the rest. But each classroom has one book for them to explore when their work is finished.

    After I explained what it's all about, I began reading the story as they followed along. I doubt ANY of them really heard me, because they were already off and searching as soon as they saw the pictures. (Remember how long it took YOU to really pay attention to the STORY???)

    In the evening, we happened to have our annual "Family Read-In", so I took the book along and showed it to some parents. One family had already ordered the kit because their daughter is in my class. Others were glad to see what it is all about, and at least a couple of others are "hooked"... LOL

    Of course, the kids would like to actually GO somewhere, but I told them it would be VERY difficult to do that. I'm trying to emphasize the codes and puzzles.

    I also told them it was fine to show their friends, and put their heads together. I think this will soon outgrow the classroom, and the best part is...

    When kids teach other kids, the lessons *STICK*. These kids will be learning for a LONG time, and perhaps will end up with a curiosity to last a lifetime.

    This should be fun...

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

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    WAY TO GO!!! That is an awesome feeling to know you have reached a child and spawned the seed of curosity and learning. I bet the classroom will be learning logic problems and math without even knowing it. You did a good thing and I am proud of you!!!

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    Very cool cat! :P

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    Default Re: I started the class...

    Quote Originally Posted by Cat957
    (Remember how long it took YOU to really pay attention to the STORY???)
    Not really, LOL. That was the first thing i did! I got the book, sat down, spent an hour reading it, then started looking at the hidden letters.

    But great job! It's amazing that Mr. Stadther's dream is really coming true, and people like you are helping to spread the joy!!!
    Or am I just paranoid...

    *Of course*

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    I too am sharing the book with "kids" in a classroom...although of a slightly older age...I just graduated college with an education degree and am substitute teaching as I search for a job...lately, when asked what I have been doing since my graduation, I have simply responded looking for treasure which almost always peaks their interests...As soon as I informed my old cooperating teacher, the kids quickly found out and the following day I subbed for them...normally getting children to focus on the geography of South America is no easy task, but when their minds are on finding riches it makes things even more difficult...its a shame they have already covered North America b/c it sure would be easy to create at least one lesson plan around this book...Needless to say MS has definitely ensared the minds of boys and girls of all ages and I thank him for it...Good Luck to everyone and hopefully there is a token in SC


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    I happened to be in the school after classes let out today, and all three teachers of these students said that their students are actively seaching and can't wait each day to get back to it!!

    They are also telling their friends, so it's becoming quite an obsession!!!

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

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    Kudos to Cat, Pigpen, and anyone else who's sharing this in a manner that encourages curiosity and the joy of learning. You're really creating something special. :P

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    Hehe, I am also introducing it to my classroom Monday morning. I teach 11-13 Year Olds and they are stoked to hear about it. Being 21 myself I am just about as excited about it as they are. I think that with their "Minds" they are so much more fresh on the idea and can think of it in "simpler" way than we can. I feel that adults tend to over think as to where they look for the simplicity in the matter. But who knows

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    I'm planning to get a copy for my mom, so she can share with her first grade students. I'm not surprised that the kids are eating it up. Fun stuff!
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