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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.

When you do blow it—and you will.

If you do lose your temper when applying discipline to your child and end up acting like a child yourself, you need to cool down, breath, and then sit down with your child and apologize for your inappropriate behavior.  Your child needs to see you admit wrong when you are wrong.  When your behavior is not appropriate ask your child for forgiveness in handling the situation poorly.  Allow your apology to be a teaching moment for your child.

 

Rolling Through

One Saturday morning Andy Ant and Joey decide to ride Joey’s bike to a friend’s house to hang out and play some video games.  As usual, Andy was sitting on Joey’s bike’s handlebar (Andy learned awhile back that he could go more places faster by riding with Joey than by walking).  Joey was in a hurry.  He failed to stop at a stop sign—you might say he “rolled through” without coming to a stop.

As he turned to the right without stopping, a car came speeding down the street.  This spooked Joey, and he lost his balance.  Down he went onto the street.  Joey and Andy were not hit by the car, but it was a close call.  Joey’s knee and elbow got scraped…but wait!  All of a sudden, Joey realized that Andy had disappeared.  Andy was nowhere to be found!

  • Where do you think Andy is? 
  • How will Joey find Andy? 
  • What went wrong in this adventure?
  • It’s up to you to make up the rest of this story.  In your adventure you have to find Andy!
I am trying out for jazz band!

This week I am trying out for the school jazz band.  I sure hope I’m accepted this year.  I practiced my trumpet over the summer and am better now than last spring.  I think I’m pretty good.  The jazz band gets to play at different places around town—like the Harvest Festival, the Children’s Hospital, Kiwanis and Rotary.  Hopefully we will get to go state competition next Spring. This means we’ll take a bus and stay overnight in a hotel.