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Month: April 2017

Runaway Ants

Andy’s best ant friend is a school classmate named Dickter.  Dickter is a bit shy and lives in the poorer section of town.  Dicker has a disability.  You see, when he talks, he stutters.  When he gets nervous, his stuttering gets even worse.  Too often other ant friends in school laugh at him when he has trouble speaking.  Andy knows Dickter is very smart and is a loyal friend.  Andy wants to help Dicker by being a good friend to him.

One day Andy decides that Joey needs to meet his best ant friend.  He proudly introduces Dickter to Joey.  Dickter just smiles and doesn’t say a word.  When Dickter eventually starts to speak, he stutters and Joey laughs at him.  This embarrasses Dickter, and Dickter decides he has had it and announces to Andy that he is going to run away.  Andy decides to go with him so he doesn’t get lost and has a friend with him.  They skip school and take off for the unknown.

Joey is in class all day and has no idea that Andy and Dicker have run away.  Only at the end of the day, when Andy never returns home, does everyone know they’re gone.  To find out what happens that painful day, you will have to get and read Run Away Ants in late 2014.

  • What is a disability?
  • Do you or a friend have a disability?
  • How to you think kids with disabilities feel when other kids ignore or laugh at them?
  • What can you do to help a friend with a disability?
  • It’s your turn to make up the ending of this story—at least until you can get the book and find out what happens.
I hate to take tests.

What a day!  I had a spelling test as soon as school started this morning. Did not do as well as I thought I would.  Bummer.   After recess I had a math quiz.   We are working on fractions now and this really messes my brain up.   Why God made things so complicated is beyond me!  Where is the fun in school when what I’m learning is actually hard to understand?  The day was full of new challenges.  Even the food for lunch was something that I had never seen before.   I ate it but did not know what I was eating.

My teacher also introduced us to a student that is studying to be a teacher and she will be with us every day for the next six weeks.  She will be helping us prepare for some year-end tests.   This school business in like going to work every day.  Long hours, challenging people and little reward.  Life should be fun for a kid like

Do you what your child to respect and honor the Creator of life? 

If you want your child to be God-honoring, it is important that you bring God into conversations with your child on a regular basis.  For your child to grow to respect the Creator, you need to be acknowledging the Creator. Find a creative way three to four times a day to bring God into your conversations with your child.   If you don’t, who will be doing this?

How Andy Began

What started as fun bedtime stories in 1975 for my daughter when she was almost three years old has resulted in a series of wonderful children’s books.

One night as I was telling my daughter a story just before she was to go to sleep, I started with a familiar beginning:  “Once upon a time, there was an ant…”  My daughter interrupted me with a question:  “Daddy, what was his name?”  I thought to myself for a moment, “What rhymes with ant?” The next word I said was, “Andy.”  That was all she needed. (more…)

I have a big science project to do!

Spring Vacation is over and I am back in school.  I am already looking forward to summer break!    My teacher announced big assignment today.  Each kid in my class has to do a science project.  We have to decide what we want to do, plan out what has to be done, and then do what we planned.  This all sounds more like work than fun to me.

This science project is not due for six weeks, so I have plenty of time.  I have no idea what I want to do.  I will have to think about this.   I do know that when it is due each of us in the class have to make a presentation to all the other students.  This means I have to stand up and talk about my project for at least 10 minutes!   I think I am in trouble already!   School should be fun—and this science project sounds like it is going to be too much work.    Wonder if Andy has to do a science project for his class as well.  Maybe he has some ideas.