I’m not sure how, but so far we had escaped the big school projects. But toward the end of April the 3rd and 4th grade did a “Living Wax Museum”. Each kid got to pick a historical figure to do a report on. They were to write a one page report and then they also had to create a display/presentation board. Then they had a Living Wax Museum night for all the parents and grandparents to come to. The kids were encouraged to dress up in costume and they stood by their displays while the adults wandered around and read them.
I was so glad that the teachers gave us lots of lead time (like 5 weeks) and very specific instructions on what to include. We started way early and worked a bit at a time so that we weren’t rushed at the last minute. Noah chose Billy Sunday. Have to admit that I had never heard of him. Turns out he was a baseball player AND an evangelist.
Wendemagegn chose Martin Luther King Jr. Well, what we found out at dinner one night was that Noah said “Hey, Wendemagegn, you should pick Martin Luther King Jr.” and somehow that’s what he ended up with him. I chose not to go into the “Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he has to pick MLK, African American history is not the same as African history” thing at that moment.
I tried to help them as minimally as I could. Obviously Wen required more help than Noah. Reading comprehension is still a big issue so even after reading a one page web site about MLK it didn’t make much sense to him. So we would read a bit and then talk it through. By the end he was able to put together the content of his report and then I helped him a bit with grammar. As a writer/editor it is REALLY hard not to rewrite stuff but I think I did a pretty good job of staying out of it.
They both got A’s on their reports and looked pretty spiffy in their suits. (All from the thrift store w/ no more than about $17 being spent!).
I wished I had pictures of the other kids. Not surprisingly, the majority of the boys seemed to be baseball players or someone who had something to do with guns 🙂