I'm just gonna say it: I don't think we should be
for school projects.
I know, you think I'm saying it because all of my
unfortunate attempts at crafting
belong on one of the many lists of
Pinterest project fails.
It's really not that. It's because we are so
tightly bound to quick-click answers
. I don't know about you, but I live on Google. I
don't even try to remember answers
anymore. Who was that actor in that thing about the
Before my muddled brain has even finished
processing the question, Google has answered it for me.
So here we are. My five-year-old daughter is just
entering the world of school projects, and already, the pressure is
there to click and find the most attractive - and elaborate -
solution. We're building a model of the solar system and I admit
headed to Pinterest for
Here's the problem: The project was left open-ended
for a reason. It is mea
nt to foster the kids' creativity and
challenge them in a way that the more structured daily curriculum
can't. So if I pick out a project at random online and simply have
my daughter assemble it, aren't I doing her a
I'm not going to show Abby that link - We're going
to keep it old school. Tonight, we're going to sit at the table and
set up a plan of attack. We're going to go to the craft store and
she is going to get to pick out what she would like to use to make
The bonus? It means I have another year or two
before she realizes how bad I really am
at these projects.
Besides, I credit all of my fame and fortune in
life to that awesome diorama of "The Old Man and the Sea" back in
Tracy Jensen, aka ChiMomWriter, is a writer, marketer, mother, fundraiser, marathoner, and music lover. She can be found at night ignoring the dishes and playing on Twitter.
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