Friday, May 11, 2007

UPDATE: On treasure hunt

Happy Friday, all!!!

As promised, I'm updating you on the treasure hunt/chest project from Jayla's Pre-K class. Well, she didn't win but came in 2nd with points.

I'm a little disappointed that she didn't win the treasure chest contest. Not because I thought hers looked great. But because she lost to a child who BOUGHT an actual chest. The directions on the assignment actually said to make and decorate a treasure chest. So, that's what we did. Again, the child who won, bought an unfinished chest, like the kind you'd find at Michaels or something, painted it pink, and glued a few jewels on it. Shoot, I could've done that!!! But I didn't because I was showing my daughter how to follow directions, by doing what her teachers instructed. as well as how to be creative.

ANYWAY, that's alright. It was a fun project for us to do together and Jayla really enjoyed it. And isn't that all that matters?

Here's my little pirate. Have a great weekend!!!


Susie Q said...

OH Dawn...I am so on your side here. The teacher should have recognized this. A decorated *purchased* chest is NOT what the assignment called for!
Dan had a teacher like that once...his project came in second, entirely hand made, by HIM. The winner was a child who had purchased the whole thing and put it together. The assignment clearly said, "Create from scratch". Duh!!!!
Okay, so I am being poopy because I think Jayla should have won. So there. Oh my cute is she in that picture??

Hugs to you all,

Gretchen said...

I have a friend who learned the hard way not to do this: her son's teacher marked him down in the creativity part of the task. She knew it wasn't his work. My friend learned that, as much as we want our kids to be successful, we have to let them do the succeeding (or failing, as the case may be). Oh, giving those kids wings is such a hard thing. Working together, like you did, but not buying it or making it YOUR project was the way to go. Good for you, Dawn. Blessings.