Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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The Story of America Birthday
Anna is very excited about upcoming Independence Day. Our street celebrates it by a kid-oriented block party that has a lot of good food, bouncing structures, contests for kids and fireworks in the end. Last year she was deathly afraid of fireworks, but this year she is cautiously curious and is looking forward to the event. To learn more about Independence Day we read The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia The American FlagPingry – she has   a collection of board books like this on different topics, and we read the one about Easter before. I thought that the book was written well enough for a preschooler set, but Anna didn’t like the fact that the Americans made English king angry and then there was a war. Interestingly, flag books suddenly were back in favor since she learned all the words and could read them independently, and she made a lot of comments about American flags. Now she lobbies hard to put one on the house, since we support America, and the flag in my room is too small.
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Considering her interest in American symbols, I thought that making a 4th of July winsock would be a good idea. I saw one last year on Our Homeschool Fun. Well, all I can say is that our project didn’t go well at all, mostly due to my poor planning and Anna’s total lack of interest. I wanted to use ribbons instead of tissue paper, and found out rather quickly that I June28_Winsock2have very thick white ribbons and very thin red ribbons.  Then Anna decorated winsock body with stickers all the time wondering how she is going to put this winsock on her foot even though I showed her a completed project first and dumped half a tube of glitter glue on it and around it before I could yell (yeah, I yelled) Stop!!! I had to stop the project at that point to let an unfortunate winsock dry and to do emergency cleanup. I know that it would be good to go back and complete this project, since I am trying to teach Anna that we complete what we started, but so far I’ve been lacking motivation to do so. I wonder if you ever leave guided projects incomplete?
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16 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love that Anna is lobbying for a flag for the house! I have definitely left guided projects incomplete!

Ticia said...

I have left more than one project uncompleted. Less from lack of interest, than because I'm not good at multi-step projects.

Julie said...

LOL! This sounds like my house! And this is the reason I don't participate in memes every week. I have these grand ideas of a "fun" project and many times the kids just don't get nearly as excited as I do! I think I'd just put it aside and occasionally ask if she's interested. If she's not, I wouldn't push it.

Debbie said...

I have to say that I have not left guided projects unfinished, but that goes against my own grain. There have been times when I have been the one to finish them instead of Selena, but as I said I can't leave anything unfinished. That is not to say it isn't ok to leave it unfinished, I just can't.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm with Debbie, I have finished projects for the kids, just to have them done. Usually our guided art is more about learning a new skill, like cutting, than actually doing the project. But, the ones we hang up in their rooms, are the ones they have done themselves, and are proud of. Sometimes after I finish a project, then they will want to do another one, on their own.

But, craft time, is a high blood pressure time for me. I try not to yell - but I almost never succeed :)

Joyful Learner said...

I don't enjoy crafts unless I do them myself. I hated it when I was teaching...so many to cut and paste! Now, we just don't do them...unless it's really, really cute or easy.

Kim said...

We have left several projects unfinished. If Crumpet is just uninterested, it's not worth the pain force him to finish it. We're working on perseverence in other areas of his life, but art is supposed to be fun, so if it's not, why do it?

Christy said...

I don't leave things unfinished often, but when we tried to make yarn eggs, I gave up and threw the whole thing away. The yarn was not sticking to the balloons and it was goopy and I just could not get it to work, so rather than stress out over the whole thing, I trashed it.

It stinks when things don't go as planned.

WE have a few of those board books (including the one mentioned) too; I think they are great.

Aging Mommy said...

I think Anna is going to have to come over and educate me, as (understandably I guess) independence day never got a mention in my school books :-)

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

B has been lobbying for more flag flying since we fly it for memorial day. Did you see my post on our favorite flag book? Little Sprout Books: The Patriot Preschooler

The girl who painted trees said...

We don't do many crafts, more open ended art. You can leave projects unfinished when things go wrong like in this case. If neither is into it, it's bound to not go right. Just this week, yesterday actually, Bear was totally not interested in a painting project I really wanted to do, so I just went ahead and did it myself lol. She joined in a bit but said, "okay, I did my leaves, I'm going to play now!"
BTW my word verification word is "messe" which is pretty close to "mess" and is kind of ironic:)

Pathfinder Mom said...

I admit it - I would have yelled, too! DH HATES glitter, so we have to use it when he isn't around.

I pretty much leave the crafts to TB's art/music/gym class most of the time. They're more set up to handle it - at least that's how I rationalize it. LOL Yes, we definitely have some incomplete stuff down in the classroom - usually due to lack of attention span.

Elise said...

Sometimes when we are part way through a craft, and Sav or Blake no longer want to continue with it, we will just leave it. Usually, Sav will ask to finish it later in the day, or at a later date. When we are crafting I usually join in and do whatever it is that they are doing. Creating together seems to work for us and keep everyone motivated.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I make no secret that I loathe guided projects, they always seem to be about the parent doing all of the work.

Am I terrible... I totally didn't think of reading American History books for the 4th. I guess I'm not very patriotic!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Also, I meant to say, that I don't think kids feel as much ownership over guided projects (esp. if the parent ends up finishing them). That is not to say there is no place for guided projects, or projects that require parents supervision or set-up, but it seems Kiddo enjoys his self-led projects more.

Michelle said...

We leave projects unfinished until Emily is interested in them again. I have a few that never got finished because she just didn't care for the project. I figured it wasn't worth pushing her to finish it since the point of most of our projects is to have fun and explore art materials.