Parents..yeah, you...C'mere...

  1. Emma is in the first grade and each month the teacher sends home a "family project". It's usually a stencil of something, like last month it was an apple, this month it was a pumpkin, next month is a turkey.

    I know I cannot be alone in this. When your kid brings home "projects" like this, do you invariably end up sitting at the kitchen table deep in thought using your supreme mechanical technological and artistic abilities to create a masterpiece while your kid has long since abandoned their glue station to watch cartoons?

    I spent an hour gluing on turkey feathers and used the super fluffy part of the feathers to make the turkey chest in perfect symmetrical patterns from white, brown, auburn, and tan feathers to form a scalloped effect. Okay, yeah, I let Emma do some gluing but with feathers it is a delicate procedure to make sure you isolate the glue on the spine of the feather as not to cause too much "glopping" of the glue.

    I know, it's only first grade. Guess I'll need to open an account at Joann Fabrics and Crafts.
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  2. Poll: When it comes to my kids school projects...

    • They have to do it themselves.

      46.67% 21
    • They get projects to do?

      4.44% 2
    • I use my highly developed project skills to create my..I mean, their masterpiece!!!

      15.56% 7
    • I am in rehab for Parents who need to stop doing their kids' projects.

      8.89% 4
    • C'mon, we know it's a secret battle between parents for the coolest project!

      11.11% 5
    • My kid is a genius, I sit back and watch in amazement.

      8.89% 4
    • We hire someone.

      0% 0
    • Vegas, you need to quit with these silly polls.

      13.33% 6
    45 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 33 Comments

  4. by   J-RN student
    I agree 100%. My daughter is in 2nd grade and it just seems like I am always doing my err... I mean her projects
    :roll
  5. by   shygirl
    We try to do them together. I see some of the other "children's projects" and some are beautiful. There is no way a kid did these! Last week they had to build a replica of either the desert, or an igloo, or a tropical forest. We did the shoebox thing and colored it green and glued little dinosaurs to it.

    Another kid brought their creation. What a masterpiece! It was a 9 inch high igloo with a million perfectly glued sugar cubes to make the mound. The father of this child is an artist and he made little eskimo people and whales. He did this blue jello thing with powdered sugar on top for the water. Inside he had a tiny fireplace, little animal skins on the ground.

    My kid looks at me and our "creation" and says why doesn't ours look better? I said "Well, you did this by yourself and that kid had his dad do his!" Should we do more? I say "NO" let them (the kids) do ot. I think they learn more this way.

    Shygirl
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by shygirl
    ...Should we do more? I say "NO" let them (the kids) do ot. I think they learn more this way.

    Shygirl
    I know you are right. But I can't help it. I need intervention.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    My kid had a project due on the Taos Indian pueblo. We started out doing it together with her imput being the most important but then after her bedtime I'd stay up late making thse fabulous adobe buildings with little wooden ladders and strings of red chiles hanging from the sides of the houses. Little Indians working in the garden and livestock grazing out in the field. A nice stream running through it and women filling water jugs from the stream.
    I got an "A"
    -Russell
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    My kid had a project due on the Taos Indian pueblo. We started out doing it together with her imput being the most important but then after her bedtime I'd stay up late making thse fabulous adobe buildings with little wooden ladders and strings of red chiles hanging from the sides of the houses. Little Indians working in the garden and livestock grazing out in the field. A nice stream running through it and women filling water jugs from the stream.
    I got an "A"
    -Russell
    :roll :chuckle See? We can't help it.
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I have no idea what you're talking about. :uhoh21:

    Heather
  10. by   WashYaHands
    I won first place at the 6th grade Science Fair last year.

    But, seriously.....I do help my kids with projects. I try to guide them in the process as much as possible so that they learn. Nice to see that I'm not the only parent that does this

    Linda

    P.S. I voted for: "my kid is a genius. I sit back and watch in amazement.
    Last edit by WashYaHands on Oct 29, '02
  11. by   renerian
    I have five kids. 22, 20, 19, 17 and 14. I give them the supplies but I do not help them at all............................................... .....I probably sound mean......

    renerian
  12. by   kittyw
    My son's last project was to gather leaves and put them between two sheets of wax paper and iron them till they stuck. NO WAY am I going to let a 6 y/o handle a hot iron!! So he picked out the leaves, arranged them on the wax paper, and made the hanger that he glued to the project. I did the ironing. Yea, his project wasn't the best, but he knows he did it.
  13. by   prmenrs
    they did them at school, w/teacher and assistant. Often they did them in a group.

    Once he had to do the Indian diarama thing. The babysitter's kids helped him. I bought a cowboy and Indian set @ Toy-r-us, threw away the cowboys, got plenty of art supplies @ a teacher's supply store, took it all over to her house, and that's the last I heard of it. I think she even helped him take it in.

    The California mission thing--(4th grade, every kid in CA must complete) they did at school--I think all the missions have patterns to glue onto that foam board stuff and cut out, but I never saw his.

    I wasn't even good w/projects of my own. :imbar
  14. by   kaycee
    When my kids were young in elementary school I would help them with ideas but they would have to do the project. I remember going to open house and seeing projects that I know were not made by 6yos.
    When they got to junior high and high school they were totally on their own other then I would pay for supplies.
    I know some parents that still help their kids with their homework when they are juniors and seniors in high school.
    What the heck are these kids going to do in college???
  15. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by kaycee
    ...What the heck are these kids going to do in college???
    Um, well.. call your Dad with your idea and go home on the weekend so he can get out his jigsaw and make the wood pattern and hook-up an impressive light display with portable battery terminals and get paint from ACE hardware and bring it back on Monday to turn in? Hee.

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