I have a project due on Friday. Yes, I did say I have a project due, when, in fact, the assignment was actually given to my 4th grader son. I say I because in all honesty, I work at least as hard, if not harder on this stuff than he does. So it begs the question, who is this project really for? Don't misunderstand, I am not one of those moms that literally does the whole thing for him and then lets him take the credit. No siree, we work together on the whole thing. It is simply that sometimes the magnitude of the project really does take two people ,at least, (sometimes Mr. Diva helps too...he is a better artist than yours truly or our son). For example, here are the specifics for the project due on Friday:
**Select and thoroughly research a country of your choice
**Select and thoroughly research a festival celebrated in the country of your choice
**write a 2-3 page paper about your country and festival including;
**country's symbol and flag
**major geographical features of the country
**country's ethnic groups and religion(s)
**country's spoken language
**country's type of government
**country's history...how did this country come to be
**the festival you selected...when is it celebrated, why, who celebrates it, where is it celebrated, how is it celebrated
**how does the country impact the United States...did immigrants from this country bring anything to the US that changed our country
**Select a typical song that is used during your festival and either play it or type out the lyrics and display them
**Select a typical food that is used during your festival and make it...bring in sample sizes of your food for 30 people
**You may bring in artifacts that symbolize either your country and/or your festival
**Create a 3-d display board that showcases your research and your pictures about your festival and your country..included on your display must be an outline of your country with the capital labeled (starred) and any major features/cities etc. you would like to include.
Are you as out of breath as I am just reading this list? In fairness, the teacher has given him time in class to do the majority of his research, so now we just have to put it all together. I am not necessarily complaining (o.k. maybe I am just a little) however, he does learn a lot through the process. It is just that between the dishes, laundry, basketball practice, business obligations, etc., etc., etc., I didn't realize that I was going to have to pass 4th grade all over again too.
BTW, he picked the Bahamas, and we will be making baked banana custard and discussing the Junkanoo festival, just in case you were curious. Why the picture of the Flamingo? The official bird of the Bahamas of course.