January 31, 2007
Children’s Favorite Adventure Author.
Ken has been there, done that, and Writes About it. Ken Medernach shares some short stories based on his true life experiences on the water. The stories are not only entertaining for young and old alike; they are also inspiring and educational. As the pages turn, you can sense that Ken speaks from experience. When he writes about the South Georgia heat, you can feel the sweat running down your cheeks and the mosquitoes swarming about your face. When he writes about resurfacing a wooden boat, you can almost smell the paint and varnish and feel the sawdust tickle your nose. Ken didn't have to join the Boy Scouts to gain a deep appreciation for their motto, "be prepared," in some cases he learned the hard way. "On the High Seas" is a great book with good values that belongs in your library.
Sailing is one of those sports that gets into people's blood. If you have ever spent an extended period of time on the ocean, you most likely have dreamed of owning your own boat and hitting the high seas. Sailing provides physical, mental, and spiritual nourishment for those who enjoy this sport. Today, however, it is becoming harder and harder to get the next generation to appreciate this fulfilling sport. Young kids just don't understand how something so simple in appearance - cruising over the top of the water at a good clip - can provide so much. Well, the new book by T.K. "Ken" Medernach aims at showing young people just how amazing the sailing life can be.
The first story was very intriguing and kept my interest from the start. T.K. "Ken" Medernach's writing is very good and his explanations show his love, understanding and knowledge of boating. His technical knowledge is shown in his pictures, knowledge and the glossary he has provided. He also has a knack for putting a good moral into the stories. Sail along with him and discover as he did, the wonders of the waterways which surrounded him as a youth in Georgia.
1. Gain historical and cultural knowledge of Georgia coastal and inter-coastal water ways.
2. Increase their reading, comprehension, writing, public speaking, computer, and study techniques.
3. Learn to work independently and collaboratively in groups.
4. Set career, educational, and financial goals.
5. Improve time management and multi-tasking.
6. Gain an enhanced sense of themselves as active citizens engaged in our environmental and ecological community.
Presentation of On the High Seas as an environmental and motivational experience for school grades 4 through 9 students and parents.
- Presenter: Ken Medernach, children’s favorite adventure author.
- Text: from the book On the High Seas by Ken Medernach.
a. Class discussions with hands on activity.
b. Presented orally with a Power Point presentation (to be provided in full, electronically.) Presentation to be displayed on mast and sail of boat.
c. Discovery Unit:
· History of Georgia inter-coastal water ways.
· Collaborative display and facilitation; Boat mock up with schematics on boat building.
· Students will be encouraged to keep their very own adventure journal.
· Costume items for chosen participants.
- Science Unit: · Ecological and Environmental presentation and discussion.
- The program will run one school class hour approximately 60 +- minutes
- Mobilization and de-mobilization time will be approximately 20 minutes.
Contact: Ken Medernach
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