Today is the 100th day of school which means the fabulous 100 things project. I have a major beef with home projects in school. When I was a teacher, I refused to assign them. My students did all their class projects in class. Why?
I wanted my students to do the work, not their freaking parents.
Yesterday Isabella started working on her project. We brained stormed some ideas earlier in the week and she wanted to make a necklace with 100 beads. She went to work until I quickly realized that the twine I had was not going to be strong enough for her little project. Time to brain storm again.
She wanted to bring 100 hot dogs since she says they are her favorite food this week. Obviously gluing 100 hot dogs to a poster is not an option so we landed on making a hot dog out of 100 things. Isabella wanted to make the bun out of popcorn, use banana Runts for the mustard, and Hot Tamales for the ketchup. I came up with pasta for the hot dog since she was stumped.
Then Isabella went to work gluing each piece of the project at an excruciating slow pace. She had such a hard time with the ketchup and mustard that I poured myself a glass of wine and decided to get comfortable, I was going to be at the kitchen table for a long time.
I was right, this project took an hour to complete and every last ounce of patience in my body. But in the end, my daughter did the project.
Without much help from me which was the whole point of the project!
Today when we got to school I would say about 80% of the projects in the hallway were done by the parents. One was a beautiful hand drawn ballerina with 100 stickers making up the tutu and leotard. Which of course made a perfect pattern and not one sticker was out of place. Another was a huge dinosaur scene complete with a volcano, river, and trees on the ground. A mountain and cloud background was around the 4' X 4' scene.
Sure a 5 year old did that.
It pissed me off that parents do their kid's projects. First of all the teacher knows your kid didn't it. She watched your kid try to unsuccessfully draw polar bears and Christmas trees all winter, you really think you're fooling anyone with that Ballerina? Second and most importantly, you are robbing your child an important learning opportunity!
I wish I had a picture of the look on Isabella's face when she turned in her project, she was beaming with pride. No one feels proud of the work someone else does for them. Plus these are the easy projects! Trust me, they will get harder. And your kid is going to be unprepared for them since they've never had to do the work on their own. Think about the message you're sending your child -
Your work isn't good enough honey, here mommy/daddy will do it for you. It's OK to take the credit for someone else's work.
Look I get it, these projects are a pain in the butt! But you're not doing your kid any favors by doing the work for them. In fact you're crippling them and it will bite you in the butt down the road. Do you need to guide projects, of course. Help with things like glue guns? Obviously! But every time you find your self reaching for the glue bottle it's time to stop. Your kid uses glue at school every week, they know how to do it themselves.
You already completed Kindergarten so quit doing Kindergarten work.