One of the great things about homeschooling is that we get to skip projects.
You know how certain teachers always thought it would be so fun to do “centers”, or do projects, or the very worst of all, GROUP PROJECTS.
Those were my least favorite teachers. I’ll read the book, write the paper, answer the questions, take the test, just pleasepleaseplease don’t make me be creative. Or depend on someone else for my grade. (Seriously, the worst.)
The girls are taking a writing class at our homeschool co-op this year. For one recent assignment, they were asked to write a story about the Underground Railroad. The written stories were exchanged and peer-reviewed last week. That was bad enough; the girls were extremely nervous about showing other kids their stories. But this week’s assignment brought a new challenge: read your story in front of the class, with some sort of creative presentation. (Cue weeping)
Abby, who strongly shares my dislike for creative pressure, has begged repeatedly to skip tomorrow’s class. I was tempted to allow it, momentarily, because I feel her pain, but this won’t be the last time she’s asked to give a presentation. She might as well get a little experience. We helped her make a PowerPoint presentation with pictures that go along with her story. She’s still not sure she’ll survive. She named the file “stupid project.”
Emma has been baking Christmas cookies as often as I’ll let her, so she decided to use that in her presentation. A slight story line revision, and a character in her story is now baking cookies! At that point in the reading she will hand out cookies to everyone in class! She baked them tonight before swim practice and youth group, but they still have to be frosted. I guess she’ll be doing that in the morning.
I suppose it’s good for them to have a little experience with projects and presentations, but I’m glad this is an infrequent occurrence for us!