Between the two of us we ended up buying 5 poster boards. Four were the floppy kind, the fifth a rigid foam board. Camilla chose the foam board, so it’s standby duty in between the washer and dryer for the floppy ones.
Camilla chose the topic from a list the teacher gave them. The reports were to be on a winter holiday or winter activity. Some kids chose how-to reports, like How To Make Hot Chocolate.
Looking back on the choices I made regarding how much to do for my kid vs. how much to let her do herself, I think this would have been overall less “my” project had I, in the beginning, firmly steered her choice of topic rather than letting her choose that part. Let’s face it, Chanukah is fascinating but covers slightly more conceptual and historical ground than How to Make Hot Chocolate.
So there was a lot of steering to be done once we delved into the topic. The home made menorah was fun to start but didn’t get finished. I thought about making latkes but didn’t deliver. We listened to a few tracks of a CD called Jewish Funky Monkeys in the car, but Camilla didn’t want any special audio for her presentation.
We ended up reading about the history and traditions out loud from her library books, and then I’d ask her questions to see if she could identify some of the Who, What, When, Why, Where, and Hows of Chanukah. I told her she could have three big images on her poster and let her choose which ones. She chose the Temple, King Antiochus IV, and a menorah, all of which are pretty much core concepts. Not bad.
I went on the internet and found the images. And captioned each one with its source citation, only the one acknowledging Classical Numismatic Group fell off. Think I’ll get graded down for that? Oh, wait.
After much explaining and exemplifying, I finally got her to write something to turn in with the project:
But when it came time for her to practice her presentation, oh dear. “I KNOW this already, why do I have to tell you it? I don’t have to practice, I know this. I’m not going to read what I wrote down, for you OR for my class. I know it. It’s in my head.” On Presentation Day I stayed home rather than find out first-hand how the “I know it, I don’t have to tell you” approach worked out for her.
Lots more to learn before the next project.