Friday, September 13, 2019

Getting Answers


Billy looked for Veronika as soon as he got home. He found her reading a book.
"Veronika," he said, "we need to talk."



Veronika put the book she was reading down on her chair. "What is it, Billy?" she asked.



"I want to know what's the right thing to do," Billy began. "I know you say we should help people in need if we can, but I'm not sure about this, so I didn't, but now I feel bad."



"Tell me about it," Veronika urged.



"Today we had a science quiz," Billy explained. "We had to know all the planets in order of their distance from the sun. I knew them, because Mandy helped me study for the quiz. She taught me a sentence where each word starts with the first letter of the name of the planet. Then I just had to remember that Mercury is the first 'm' and Mars is the second one, because there are two that start with the letter 'm'. That way, it's easy," Billy explained. "Mandy showed me in a book what each one looks like through a telescope. It showed where each planet is in our solar system. (That's what we call our sun with all the planets circling around it.) That way, I can see it in my head. It isn't just a word," he added.



Veronika nodded encouragement. "It sounds as if you didn't have any trouble with the quiz," Veronika said. "So who needed help?"
"The boy behind me––I don't know his name yet, because he wasn't in my class last year––anyway, the boy behind me asked me quietly to hold my paper so he could see as I wrote my answers." 



"I wasn't sure if that was a good idea," Billy went on, "so I shook my head. He was mad at me."



Veronika got down from her chair and climbed up on the box with Billy. "I can see why you didn't want to, Billy," she said, "but tell me why you didn't think it was a good idea?"



"Well," Billy said, "I think Mr. Jackson, that's the teacher, wants to know if we have learned what we were supposed to learn. He didn't want to know if we could just copy the words when we see them."



Veronika nodded.
"I also think," Billy went on, "that the boy behind me didn't want the teacher to know he was asking to copy from me. He asked me in a way that made me think it should be a secret."



"You did the right thing, Billy," Veronika told him. "What he wanted to do is called cheating, and cheating is wrong. It would be wrong for him to copy your paper and wrong for you to let him."



"Cheating!" Billy said. "There's even a word for it. I didn't know that." Then Billy looked down at his hands.



"I felt sorry for him, though," Billy said. "He told me out on the playground that he was going to be punished for failing the quiz. I wish I could have helped him."
"You have helped him, Billy," Veronika explained. "He has learned that you won't let him copy your paper. He has learned that he needs to study for quizzes and tests if he wants to get a good grade."



"If he didn't ever learn that, he would someday find himself with a problem he couldn't solve by cheating, and that problem probably would be a much bigger one than a quiz."



Billy thought about that. "I see what you mean," he said. "I still feel sorry for him and wish I could help."


"It isn't cheating to help someone study," Veronika suggested, "the way Mandy helped you. If you really want to help him, you could do that."



"How do I do that?" Billy asked.



"You could work together on your homework," Veronika said. "It isn't cheating if you don't give him the answers but just discuss the question with him and show him how to find answers for himself. You could even quiz each other about what the teacher says will be on the test or quiz. That will help both of you."



"That sounds like a good way for me to learn, too," Billy said. "That's just what Mandy did. We talked about the planets, not just the names. Then she had me draw a picture of the sun and all the planets with their names. She knows so much!" he added.
"Yes," Veronika agreed. "When we teach someone else, we learn what we're teaching even better."
"Maybe," Billy said "that's why you're so good at knowing how to help people, and what's right and wrong. You teach the rest of us."




For once, Veronika was speechless. She didn't know what to say.


Cast--
Veronika: Götz Classic Kidz Vroni
Mandy: Götz Happy Kidz Katie 2015

Billy: Götz Happy Kidz Lily at London

Note: No dolls were harmed during production of this blog. All dolls shown are Götz Happy Kidz or Classic Kidz. If you like these stories and are willing, please make a donation of any amount to a charity that supports pediatric cancer, such as CURE Childhood Cancer or St. Baldrick's Foundation
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Friday, September 6, 2019

The Last of Summer


The days are getting shorter, and the dolls know that it will soon be cold again. There are some games they would like to play while it's still warm outside. 
"Let's go play outside," said Charlotte. Soon all the dolls were outside in the sunshine.

The first thing Charlotte and Billy did was to play catch with the tennis ball.



Jolena and Mariah decided to ride bicycles. They are happy to have a place to ride where there are no cars.



Later, Billy showed everyone how he had learned to ride a skateboard. He didn't do any fancy tricks, because he didn't have his helmet, and his knee and elbow pads. He just showed them how to balance and make the skateboard roll.



Each of the girls tried Billy's skateboard, while he gave them tips on keeping their balance. It was nice to have a place to use the skateboard where there were no cars. Billy thought it was fun to teach his sisters how to use the skateboard.

Some of the dolls climbed up to play on the backyard play set.
"Watch this!" Billy cried. "I can swing on the monkey rings like a circus act!" He began to climb up the other end of the play set.
The monkey rings are very high up. Billy was not wearing a helmet. I was not wearing elbow and knee pads.
"Be careful, Billy," Veronika cried. "It would be a lot of trouble to have to replace your head!"
Jolena, Mariah and Veronika watched anxiously.



Billy climbed the rope to get up to the monkey rings.



When he reached the monkey rings, he swung from the first ring to the second and hung upside-down from it. His hat fell down to the ground, but he didn't care. He was having fun. He did not fall. He did not break his head. We did not have to replace it.



After he was across to the girls, Billy climbed down and picked up his hat. The other dolls were so relieved that Billy was safe that they each went down the slide, yelling, "Wheeeee!"



Mandy went for a walk on the trail to enjoy the birds and animals. She saw some jaybirds and squirrels. The trail is a safe place where there are always plenty of real people around. Some of them seemed surprised to see a doll walking alone on the trail. Mandy didn't mind.



Mariah and Charlotte spent some time throwing the frisbee in the backyard. They can't throw it very far yet, but their form is good, and they thought it was fun.



While they were doing that, Jolena and Veronika sat in the chairs on the deck. As they sat there, some geese flew over, making honking noises. The big birds flew in a pattern that looked like a big V, with one bird in the front.



When Mandy came back, the dolls all played hide-and-seek together for a while. Each one had a turn being 'it' while the others hid. Each one had a turn counting to 100 before looking for the others.



"What should we do now?" Mariah asked while Mandy, Veronika and Charlotte went to pretend to use the bathroom.
"How about jump rope?" Jolena suggested.
"Or maybe we could play hopscotch," Mariah said.



"I thought jump rope and hopscotch were games for girls," Billy said.



"There are no games just for girls or just for boys," Jolena said. "If girls can play football, boys can play jump rope and hopscotch."



"Girls play football?" Billy asked.
"Some girls do," Mariah said. "It can be dangerous, like some other games," but boys and girls can do it. They just have to learn how to be careful."



"Then I want to learn jump rope and hopscotch," Billy said. "I'm the only boy, and it's more fun to play together than all alone."

When the other dolls came back outside, they all played jump rope. Billy learned how. He thought it was fun. He was glad boys can play jump rope.



Then they played hopscotch. They drew some squares on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. Then they wrote a number in each square. The girls explained the game to Billy. Billy decided that hopscotch is fun, too. He learned that he was good at it.



Soon it was suppertime, so the dolls all went into the house.
"While we pretend to eat supper," Veronika suggested to Mandy, "let's talk with the others about all the fun things we did today."



"Our mouths don't open when we talk," Mandy said, "and they don't open when we pretend to eat. We should be able to eat and talk at the same time."



So the dolls went into the dining room to pretend to eat supper and talk about all the fun things they had done during the day.



Can you remember all the things the dolls did without looking back at the story? See how many you can name. What do you like to do outdoors?



Cast--
Veronika: Götz Classic Kidz Vroni
Mandy: Götz Happy Kidz Katie 2015
Jolena: Götz Happy Kidz Lena in Aspen
Charlotte: Götz Happy Kidz Anna in Paris
Mariah: Götz Happy Kidz Mariah, "Chosen" from My Doll Best Friend
Billy: Götz Happy Kidz Lily at London

Note: No dolls were harmed during production of this blog. All dolls shown are Götz Happy Kidz or Classic Kidz. If you like these stories and are willing, please make a donation of any amount to a charity that supports pediatric cancer, such as CURE Childhood Cancer or St. Baldrick's Foundation
"The Doll's Storybook" is not affiliated with Gotz Dolls USA Inc. or Götz Puppenmanufaktur International GmbH.
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There are lots of ways to play hopscotch. Here are some suggestions, if you don't know how.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Spelling Test

School has started again for the dolls. They are doing their homework.



"Can you help me, Mariah?" Jolena asked. "You're so good with words and writing."



Mariah closed her book. "I will if I can," she said. "What do you need help with?"



"Well," Jolena began, "I have to know these words for spelling."
Mariah looked at the list.




Here's the list.

bough
bought
brought
cough
dough
enough
rough
though
thought
through
tough

"They are all spelled almost the same," Mariah pointed out.



"Yes, but they don't sound the same," Jolena sighed. "It makes them hard to read. How can I spell them if I can't read them? I could probably figure out what goes with the 'o-u-g-h' for each word during the test, but I want to be able to remember them when I need them for real!"



"I understand," Mariah said. "It's because the English language has changed since the words came about. We don't say them the same as dolls did hundreds of years ago, but the spelling often has stayed almost the same."



"Why do we have to keep the old spelling, then?" Jolena wanted to know.



"Well," Mariah began, "if we changed the spelling, then someday dolls couldn't read books and stories that were written today, like the book Mandy is reading, and that would be too bad."



Mariah looked at the list again. "Maybe it would help if you put them in groups and then used each one in a sentence," she suggested. "Group them the way they sound. Thought, brought and bought all rhyme, but cough ends differently.  Without the 't' on the end of the word, the 'gh' sounds like 'f'. It sounds like the others except for that."



Jolena wrote each of those words down on her paper. She and Mariah checked the list to be sure that Jolena had spelled them correctly.



"Now for a sentence," Jolena said. "I thought I could do a triple flip," she said and then wrote it down next to the word 'thought'.
"Charlotte brought me a glass of water," she said and then wrote it out, too.




"I bought some flour to make some bread," she said as she wrote it out.
"Billy has a cough," she wrote.
"That's great," Mariah said. "Now let's see if there's another set we can put together.



"How about 'though' and 'dough'?" Jolena asked.
Mariah looked at the list. "Those go together, but I don't see any others that sound the same," she agreed.



Jolena wrote out, "Billy doesn't have a fever, though." Then she wrote out, "I need the flour to make bread dough."
"That's good," Mariah told her. "Do you see any other words that we can put together?" she asked.
"What about 'rough' and 'enough'?" Jolena asked.
"Yes," Mariah agreed, looking to see if she could find any others that sounded the same. "I see one more," she said.
Jolena looked at the list of spelling words. "I see it! 'Tough'!" 
she exclaimed. "These words have that funny 'f' sound at the end again, even though the letter 'f' isn't in the word!"



Then she wrote out each word in her notebook. "This spelling lesson is tough!" she wrote.



Then she though for a moment. "I will do well if I study enough," she wrote. After another moment she wrote, "The boats came back home because the sea was rough."
Mariah nodded her approval. "Those are good sentences," she said. "Now let's see if we can group any more."
"It's easier now that we have used some of the words," Jolena said.
Both dolls looked at the list. There were three words left, but none of them sounded like any of the others.



"Well," said Mariah, "let's just do each of them separately."
Jolena thought about 'bough'. "There was a bird's nest on a bough in the tree," she wrote. Then she looked up.




"Good!" Mariah said.
Jolena thought about 'thought'. "I thought this spelling test was hard," she wrote.
The two dolls looked at each other and smiled. "See?" Mariah said. "It isn't that difficult. We just needed to take it in small bites."



"It will be easier when I am through studying," Jolena wrote.
"There are a lot of words in English that are spelled funny," Jolena said. "I guess writing them, saying them and using them a lot makes it easier to remember them. I thought learning these words would be difficult, but you have made it easy. Thank you for helping me!"



"It's always easier to learn something," Mariah said, "if you can figure out how to use what you are learning. That's why you wrote the sentences."



"Like the word, 'flour'," Jolena agreed. It sounds like 'flower' but is spelled differently. I don't have any trouble remembering, because it's in my recipes when I bake, and sometimes when I cook other things."



Mandy looked up from her book. "Flower and flour. Those are homophones (HAW-muh-fohnz)," she said. "That's what we call two words you say the same but that have different spellings and different meanings, like 'bough' from your spelling list and 'bow' like when you take a bow after you are done performing."




"I do this," Jolena said, "when I'm done performing a dance." She got down from her seat and bent over to show them.



"When I am done performing a triple flip, though, I do this."
Jolena said as she threw her arms in the air. "Only I'm holding my ski poles," she added.



"That isn't a bow," Mariah said. "That's saying, 'Hooray! I made it!" They all agreed.
Jolena climbed back up into the big chair. "How do you know about...homophones?" she asked Mandy.



Mandy picked up a book she had on the box she was using to sit on. "One of our readers sent me this book," she said. "It tells all about it, and it's fun to read."



"Let's read it together," Mariah suggested.



The three dolls settled on the couch to read. 



"I just thought of something," Jolena said. "I thought my spelling list was tough, but at least I don't have to spell 'homophone'!"







Cast--
Mandy: Götz Happy Kidz Katie 2015
Jolena: Götz Happy Kidz Lena in Aspen
Mariah: Götz Happy Kidz Mariah, "Chosen" from My Doll Best Friend


The book How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear? by Brian P. Cleary can be found in libraries, online here, on Amazon and elsewhere. Mandy wishes to thank reader and fellow knitter Cheryl B. Waters for her generous gift of the book.

Note to children: Dolls sometimes forget to take off their shoes when they get onto a bed, couch or chair, but children play outdoors in their shoes and should always take their shoes off before putting their feet on the furniture.

Note: No dolls were harmed during production of this blog. All dolls shown are Götz Happy Kidz or Classic Kidz. If you like these stories and are willing, please make a donation of any amount to a charity that supports pediatric cancer, such as CURE Childhood Cancer or St. Baldrick's Foundation
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Getting Answers

Billy looked for Veronika as soon as he got home. He found her reading a book. "Veronika," he said, "we need to talk."...