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The Project

I love all the feedback about school projects on the last post.  This morning, when it was time to go to school, my daughter insisted on carrying her project into school and handing it to her teacher herself. 

Usually she enters the classroom quiet and withdrawn, barely speaking to the teachers when they say hello to her.  It takes her a while to warm up, I guess.  But THIS morning, she walked right over to her teacher and proudly handed her the project and started explaining it to her. 

Her teacher’s eyes met mine over my daughter’s head, and I found myself saying somewhat apologetically, "She wanted to do it all by herself." 

How ridiculous is it that I felt the need to explain that it was my daughter’s desire to do it on her own, not me being lazy or negligent.  (I am both, but fortunately for me, my daughter DID want to do it herself!)

Her teacher smiled and mouthed, "Those are my favorite kinds." 

Score one for the preschool teacher!

So I left the room feeling pleased.  Pleased that the teacher recognizes and encourages the children’s independence and originality.  Pleased that my daughter took the initiative to do this project on her own and obviously felt proud of it.  And pleased that I didn’t have to get my hands dirty!

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19 thoughts on “The Project

  1. Yes, you can always tell the “parent made” science projects at the science fair. Urks me. But good teachers can spot those too. 😉

  2. I personally think they truly do want it to be kid-inspired! I’m like you though, I would’ve “apologized” for it too. Sad, but true. I apologize WAAAY too much! Yea for your daughter! What cuties they are too 🙂

  3. So glad it was a good experience for her, remember last summer when you weren’t sure about sending her to preschool? Isn’t it fun to watch them grow and become a little more independent? BTW, I never gave home projects when I was teaching preschool except when it was their turn to do an “All About Me” poster-does that count as a horrible project? Everyone seemed happy and they were all child made, I think.

  4. “And pleased that I didn’t have to get my hands dirty!”

    Amen! to that my friend. ‘Cause if there is one thing that makes me feel more nauseous than school projects, it’s the smell of Play-Do. YUCK!

  5. every.single.project. was 100% kid made. always. they might have looked it, but they were always so very proud of each one. i would not change a thing.

  6. For me, it’s always a question of balance: How can I make something a teaching moment, to get him to be at his best, and yet maintain his sense of ownership. OK, mine’s only in Kindergarten so I have time to ponder…? and then still mess it up!

  7. I’m feeling your pain. I hate to craft, let alone, be responsible to keep my kid from being the kid who brought the crappy project. That is a lot of responsibility for people like us. Good job!

  8. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

  9. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

  10. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

  11. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

  12. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

  13. But it doesn’t take long for sad shallow people to get into the mix and soon the kids see it also. that’s when the kid’s give up – “I can’t do it like ++++ her mommie helps and her’s are so pretty”

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