Baby Frederico, Scientist!

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story (or book review or movie) from our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…science night. Here’s his story:

From the moment his Papa began teaching his “science for kids” courses at a nearby college, Baby Frederico wanted to be a part of it. He was constantly asking his Papa, “When is science night? How much longer until science night? Is it science night yet?”

Science night was the final event of each semester and was a time for Papa’s students to create all kinds of physics, chemistry, and biology projects for kids to enjoy. There were things like homemade race cars and medieval catapults, live animals like roosters, snakes and sugar gliders, paint and liquids of all kinds to mix, ramps and balls, microscopes and magnifying lenses.

The best part, though, was becoming a Science Detective. It was amazing. Every student created their project around this one idea – how to help the kids (Baby Frederico included!) learn the ways that scientists think. There were hypotheses to discuss and investigations to consider, experiments to think through, and conclusions to make.

Baby Frederico loved this class and he loved his Papa’s students. They were slowly but surely teaching him just what it might feel like to be the Sherlock Holmes/Albert Einstein of his day!

And one day…someday….that just might be who he would become.

‘My Great Nomie’ – Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy!

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Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…grandmas!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico was very frustrated.  It was the day before his wonderful great-grandmother’s 83rd birthday and the special homemade double-chocolate-with-chocolate-icing cupcakes that he and his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper had hoped to surprise her with were ruined – the middle was squishy and the bottoms were burnt.  When Baby Frederico described them as “duds,”  he and Grenelda began to laugh.  The word, among so many others, was one of his great grandma’s favorite phrases…and she had many.  They included:

You’re gettin’ pretty salty (talented).

That’s a real dud (not good).

We cooked nearly 24/7 (all the time).

Don’t take your picture (put some clothes on).

Bayjird (naked).

Hurry ever chance you get.

Pull you up by your bootstraps (growing taller).

Let’s nar up here (make some room for more people).

Is it time for a sato (tickling)?

Let’s take a minute and count those ribs (tickling)?

It scared me flat to death.

You’re a real cracker jack (smart).

Let’s get a measurement (are you taller than me yet).

As Grenelda joined Baby Frederico in making the list of her favorite sayings, they thought of all the funny things that she had taught them to do.  She showed them:

how to play tennis

how to ride a scooter

how to bake cookies using cake mix

how to catch a ball

how to hula-hoop

how to sew

how to make coconut cake

how to play the piano

how to sing harmony

how to bake fried pies

how to make chocolate/peanut butter buckeyes

how to play hide and seek

how to jump rope double-dutch style

how to play a prank on great-grandpa

The list was so long and funny that Baby Frederico and Grenelda could not stop laughing.  When they arrived for the party that night, Nomie had prepared a wonderful meal for all of the family.  They gathered around the large dining room table and laughed and told stories and enjoyed the time.  As they were leaving, Baby Frederico kissed his great-grandmother and she whispered in his ear, “You’re the best birthday present yet and I love you dearly.”

Baby Frederico smiled all the way home.

 

‘Roll Over Frederico Finale’ Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy! Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Star Wars valentine cards!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico worried on the bus ride all the way home from school. Mrs. Turnover, his very creative and very energetic gym teacher, had asked that all the students be ready to do some tumbling and somersaults the next day in class.

And though it may have sounded like great fun to his friend Grenelda the Grasshopper, it made Baby Frederico nervous and worried. He did not like to do things that he felt he would not do well or that would embarrass him in front of other people.

He kept his head down as he stepped off the bus and slowly trudged up the sidewalk to his house. Mamma Mia was sitting at the table working on her laptop as he entered the room. Mamma looked up.

“Baby Frederico, are you feeling alright? You don’t look well,” she said.

Through tears, Baby Frederico told her all about his dilemma. He had no idea what to do.

Momma Mia sat quietly and listened and thought over the problem with Baby Frederico. They talked and thought some more and wondered. Suddenly, Momma sprang from her chair and ran out of the room as she whispered, “I’ve got it!”

Baby Frederico ran after his mother and watched as she rushed into her bedroom and pulled the mattress from her bed onto the floor. And then, right before his eyes, Momma Mia began to somersault across it! She taught him how to kneel down and rest his arms over his knees and tuck his head just right before he pushed his feet up and rolled forward across the soft mattress.

He flipped and flopped the first few times, but was soon somersaulting and tumbling all over the house. By the next morning at school he was ready to show Mrs. Turnover just what he could do.

Later that day, as Baby Frederico and Grenelda tumbled across the gym floor and helped other kids learn how to do it, too, he smiled to himself. If he could learn to somersault, there was no telling what he might learn to do next!

‘Roll Over Frederico’ Thursday Stories with Baby Frederico

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*Every Thursday we introduce you to another quick bedtime story about our family’s favorite resident reptile – Baby Frederico. His backstory can be found here.  Enjoy! Baby Frederico loves his Momma Mia and Papá Frita, his buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper, blue crayons, popcorn and…Lego movies!  Here is his story:

Baby Frederico was not happy.  It had turned out to be an especially difficult day at school, which had given him a headache and a twisty-turny feeling in the pit of his stomach.

The trouble actually began in gym class, which surprised Baby Frederico because he and his friends generally loved the fun and games they were always sure to have in this class with their wonderful gym teacher, Mrs. Turnover.  Today, however, was a different story.

When the children first entered the gym, they noticed several dozen large red and blue mats spread across the floor.  The teacher asked them to find a friend and choose a mat anywhere on the glossy basketball court.  Baby Frederico and his best buddy Grenelda the Grasshopper chose a blue mat under one of the basketball goals and talked while they sat together and waited to see what would happen next.

Mrs. Turnover spread her mat out in the center of the court and the students listened while she explained that they would be learning to do some “tumbling” and other stretchy exercises over the next couple of weeks.  She talked about things like cartwheels, elbow stretches, neck rolls, leg planks, somersaults, headstands and tumbling forwards and backwards and sideways.

Baby Frederico didn’t have any idea what she was talking about with all of those crazy words.  He looked over at Grenelda, who was smiling a big smile and getting excited about the whole thing.  Baby Frederico was not smiling and he was not excited.  He didn’t know how to do any of those things and knew that he would mess up and embarrass himself.  He thought to himself, “Why do we have to learn new things all the time?  And why do we have to do it IN FRONT of everyone?”

Baby Frederico sat quietly and could feel his stomach start to tighten and his brain start to twist and turn with questions and worries.  There was only one thing he knew for certain – it was going to be a long two weeks at school.

(More ‘Roll Over Frederico’ next Thursday.  See you then!)

‘Gingerbread Baby’ – Look at this Book!

* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.  To celebrate the holiday season, we are reviewing a great Christmas book every Tuesday this month!

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Today’s great book:  Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (1999, Scholastic)

The Author’s Website:  www.janbrett.com/index.html

Time to Read:  short and sweet; great for naptime or anytime

Summary:  from the publisher…”A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale of the not-so-clever gingerbread man.”

Best Quote:  “They measured and mixed.  Matti rolled the dough into the shape of a gingerbread boy and they popped him in the oven.  Bake a full eight minutes.  No more.  No less.  DO NOT peek, the recipe read.”

Our View:  If you are at all familiar with the wonderful variety of Jan Brett’s masterful children’s books, you know that one of the most special aspects of her books are the intricately detailed artwork that frames each and every page of her stories.  In this particular work, the Gingerbread Boy actually ends up in a surprising place as he is chased through the forest by a wonderful group of interesting characters.  This is a story that nearly tells itself through the illustrations and is great fun to read with your children.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe - “Gingerbread Babies” - created by the kids to accompany this particular book.