Sunday, March 1, 2009
Does this look like Bill Clinton?
Kira's teacher has given me a month long project: Get Kira to do a 2 to 3 page (typed) biography research project, complete with a salt dough sculpture of the person they are studying. NOT playdough, NOT Sculpy, but salt dough made from scratch. We did that part of it tonite. Now we just have to let it set up a little, and then scratch some hair into it, and then paint it.
That was kind of fun and easy (except salt dough stings little cuts and battered winter-dry cuticles). The hard part will be getting Kira to put her incomprehensible notes into some kind of comprehensible form so I can type it up in size 45 font so it will be three pages, then getting her to make up a table of contents, a glossary, and a bibliography... just a minute, I'm going to ask Kira what a bibliography is... she just said, "I don't know what it means except it is like a biography?" Great! I'm no expert, but I think this project is beyond third grade. Wait a minute, I AM an expert! I'm a teacher! In my expert opinion this is beyond a third grade level.
This week she is supposed to complete the salt dough figure, and hand in a rough draft. Here's a confession for you: I've already deciphered her notes, written the paper, typed it up in the size 45 font (just kidding, it's not that big, but it is big enough for Kira's grandparents to read without their reading glasses: big.) and now she is in the process of writing a rough draft out from the final draft. Backwards I know, but if I were to let her do this all on her own, I would end up killing her or she would end up dying from frustration. Either way, she'd end up dead and I don't think anyone wants that. Even Kira's teacher.