If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. ~Margaret Fuller
This blog post is dedicated to Ross Mannell … our OTHER teacher on the OTHER side of the WORLD!
We are SO sorry that it took SO long for us to share our excitement with you, Ross! Our blog has been shut down for over a month. It’s made us really sad because we haven’t been able to share our learning with the world!
After a LONG wait, and MANY emails and SO much help from two VERY special people, we finally got the good news this morning! Our BLOG is BACK! You should have HEARD the shouts of delight! We SURE hope THAT doesn’t happen again!
SPEAKING of shouts … you should have HEARD the CHEERS when we opened your package and spotted Suzy Sunshine sitting inside the paper envelope! Imagine our surprise when we discovered that Suzy Sunshine wasn’t alone! We are having SUCH a GREAT time learning about ALL the animals in the Super Animal books collection you thoughtfully gave to us. We LOVE how much we’ve learned ever since we received your package. The card reader is REALLY cool because we LOVE swiping the cards for each of the animals. Hearing the sounds of each animal is AMAZING!
Every day, Mrs. Renton draws a table group out of our Popsicle sticks and that table group goes into our break-out room to explore the Super Animal book collection and cuddle with Suzy, during our independent reading time! We are already on our THIRD round spending time with our special treasures! Many of us find it VERY hard to let go of Suzy when we are done for the day!
We’ve enjoyed hearing what many of the Australian animals sound like … because we know you live there! It helps us to get to know a little more about Australia! We also love that the books are FILLED with ALL kinds of interesting animals from around the world!
We have used the card reader, and the cards, SO many times that we have ALREADY had to replace the batteries! Now THAT is impressive!
What follows are our thoughts:
“I LOVED swiping the Barn Owl card! My FIRST reason: I love owls! The SECOND reason: the screeching is absolutely majestic! Thanks SO for being SO generous to push our learning further! We are so glad you spent the time to give these to us. You are a GREAT man! I wonder what YOUR favourite card is? Oh, and congrats on 100 000 views!” ~Marcus
“My favourite animal sound was the polar bear because the roar was scary but AWESOME! I liked all the animals but … mostly Suzy! And, the super animal books were spectacular! I hope Suzy will always be safe forever and ever!” ~Luisa
“My favourite part was swiping the python card, right when we got the package because if asked Mrs. Renton if she could swipe the python card, but she’s terrified of snakes. She let ME do it! 🙂 Personally, my favourite card was the python because I like it’s fierce-some sound. We are so grateful that we won and that each class got the card readers!” ~Colby
“My favourite card was the barn owls. They were SO cute! My least favourite one was the mosquito. They kill 600 000 people a YEAR! I was extremely terrified when I heard that! Did you know that a barn owl flies silently?” ~Marah
“Hi Ross! I hope you’re having a good day! My favourite animal was the deadliest mosquito because it kills over 600 000 people a year. I like it because it is really deadly. I like the sound it made.” ~Alvin
“I LOVED the chimpanzee card because they are my favourite animal! I am VERY grateful for all the stuff that you have done for us and educated us on. I showed Mrs. Renton the rattle snake card and she SHIVERED! Thank you SO much, Ross!” ~Oliver
“I LOVE the Super Animals books! I love them SO much that I can’t just pick ONE! But, I love the tiger because when I hear the tiger I feel I’m brave. I am really happy you gave us the books.” ~Prayers
“Hi Ross! Thank you SO much for sending the kit. When Mr. L. came into our classroom with the package I was thinking, in my head, what is that? When we opened the package I was excited to see Suzy Sunshine. I LOVE the card reader TOO! I don’t have a favourite animal … I LOVE listening to them ALL! I LOVE Suzy!” ~Saadia
“My favourite and my LEAST favourite animal is the mosquito because mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world! I like mosquitoes because their proboscis is interesting! I’ve discovered that mosquitoes kill 600 000 PEOPLE A YEAR!!! What I don’t like about mosquitoes is that they suck your blood and it’s TEMPTING to SCRATCH it!” ~Riley
“My favourite sound has to be the strawberry poison frog because when I hear it I feel like I’m deep in a rain forest! When I first saw Suzy come out of the package I exploded with happiness because she is SO cute!” ~Liam
“My favourite animals are … ALL of them because I can’t just pick ONE! I like Suzy Sunshine because she is so fluffy and she smells so good! I discovered what a koala sounds like!” ~Adam
“Hi Ross! I loved that you sent us Suzy Sunshine and the Super Animal boos with the cards in them. It was fun getting a card and slipping it into the card reader. I loved all of the cards! Suzy Sunshine was cute and soft! You were so thoughtful and kind!” ~Roxanne
“My favourite animal is the king cobra. I liked the sound it makes. I think it looks cool too! I discovered that koalas sound VERY different from what I thought! I also discovered that listening to a mosquito with the sound reader buzzes your ears and tickles your ear drums! Do NOT try it … I’m warning you!” ~Anita
“My personal favourite animal is … ALL of them! Why is that? Because there are so many of them! But, if I had to pick ONE, I would pick the python, the emperor penguin and the koala. I think the sounds are extraordinary. The other animals are pretty cool as well. My favourite part is Suzie!!!” ~William
“My favourite animal is a Peregrine Falcon. It is the FASTEST animal in the universe! Thank you, Ross, SO much, for the Super Animals kit because it taught us about a lot of animals. I discovered what a peregrine falcon is!” ~Mani
“I THINK my FAVOURITE animal is SUZY! The second time I went in the breakout room I could NOT let GO of Suzy! She is so awesome and … wait for it … CUDDLY! I discovered how many animals tropical and colourful.” ~Faith
“Hey, Ross! I love the Super Animals books collection SO much I can’t choose my favourite card out of the whole bunch! My favourite thing of the whole package was Suzy! I CAN’T describe how HAPPY we are!” ~Robert
“The animal that I love the most is the turtle frog! Wondering what a turtle frog is? It’s a pink lumpy little thing! Anyways, I can’t thank you ENOUGH for the AMAZING kit!” ~Shaye
“Hi Ross! I love how you gave each class a Super Animal kit. It was AMAZING! One of my favourite animals is the cuckoo bee. It DOES look cuckoo! Ha ha! Boy, it was fun!” ~Bryan
“Hi Ross! It’s TOO hard to choose what my favourite animal is from the Super Animal books! It’s TOO hard to choose because they are ALL so inspiring! I think it’s lovely that you would spend your own money to buy that for the 100 000th visitor competition!” ~Sofie
“Ross, thank you SO much for the amazing gifts. You were SO thoughtful. My favourite animal was the narwhal because it made an amazing noise. The noise sounded WAY different than I expected a narwhal to make!” ~Carter
“My favourite animal in the animal book is the Arctic Fox. I like the Arctic Fox because it is really cute! Ross, thank you SO much for the Super Animal kit! I hope you have an AWESOME day!” ~Thomas
“I loved the card reader and the adorable Suzy Sunshine! My favourite card from the card reader and Super Animals pack was the hedgehog because, at home, I have a pet hedgehog! They may be prickly but they are cute! Speaking of cute, Suzy the koala plushy is adorable too! Some people think she smells like Africa!” ~Aleah
“My favourite animal is the cheetah because cheetahs are really speedy and I am too! Also, I like the AMAZING sound a cheetah makes. Did you know? It’s tail helps the cheetah make sudden turns during a chase!” ~Haya
We are SO grateful that we won the 100 000th visitor competition that you held for your blog and SO thankful that you’ve helped to push our learning even FURTHER … again! Suzy and the Super Animal books have become a very treasured part of our learning community!
<3 The Blogging Hawks
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.
~Mark Van Doren