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Paddling to the Sea - The Educational Value of Unplugged Play
By Todd R. Nelson

There's a canoe in the Kindergarten, and kindergartners in the canoe. They are paddling the great waters of Lake Superior, heading for the mighty salt sea. They are paddling to the sea, because they have been reading Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, the story of the Canadian Indian boy who whittles a wooden canoe one winter and places it in the snow at the headwaters of a watershed that includes the Great Lakes and ends in the sea. His "Paddle Person" flows from stream to beaver pond to rapids to sawmill, the freighter-lanes of Lake Superior to steel mills, waterfalls and locks. He ends on the Grand Banks off of Newfoundland and is returned, serendipitously, to his maker. Perhaps you remember this book. Perhaps you too are a Paddle Person.

Is there an educational watershed herein?

Even with a map, it's hard to comprehend such a journey. But now, for the kindergartners, such a journey is made real. They have real paddles, real life preservers, a real red 17-foot canoe (they carried to the classroom from the school swimming pool-a portage!), and they are paddling hard, practicing man-over-board drills and imagining the water route that will take them to the Great Big Water of the Atlantic Ocean. Paddle Person's journey has become their journey. Epic....

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