Saturday, April 11, 2009

You'd think this would be a post about Easter

But it's not. We did do some *mean* Easter egg hunting today and had a wonderful time with family, but I'll update that info {and hope for ONE good picture} tomorrow.

Today, we had a big bunch of family time at the house. I love those Saturdays when soccer games get cancelled and we don't have a birthday party to attend you get to relax. I have had one big project on my list for a while now and today was the day to tackle it.

Remember this Multi-Cultural Festival that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? Well, it's still on- even though it was MOVED {danggit}- and it happens next weekend. There are 7 classrooms in our pre-school and each one focused their activities, performances, decor, etc on one continent. Ollie's continent is North America; Henry's is South America {our family is Western Hemisphere, Western Hemi only, apparently}. Henry's only class assignment was to bring in paper towel tubes for the rain sticks they are making. Wheesh! We can handle that. We go through those suckers like fruit snacks and wine bottles capri suns.

Ollie's big home assignment was to make a poster about a state that he chose. And he chose Texas- presumably because it's the size of a planet. I'm sure the size appealed to him and there was probably a cowboy or barbecue or something on the map.

I've been putting this durn poster off now for a while and was secretly THRILLED when I didn't have to have it in last month. But, SINCE I'M GOING TO THE BEACH AT THE END OF THIS WITH GIRLS!!!, I figured I'd go ahead and get this knocked out.

As much as Jason and I tried, begged, pleaded and threatened Ollie to help us, he did not care one iota about this poster. It was like we were trying to get him to watch HGTV. Or maybe a movie that we want to watch that does not include animation or talking animals.
We tried to lure him with the stickers, the glue, the scissors- anything- but NO! He would get into it for about 4.6 seconds and then he went on about his business with trains or something that makes sounds and has wheels. Here is Mr. Excited with the finished product. You can see the thrill exuding from his rolled eyes. Taking this picture was about as much time as he spent with the poster.I hope you can see the poster because I'm actually proud of it. The whole background is a state of Texas map and we highlighted the Texas state flag and flower (bluebonnet- thanks, Laura!), the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, the state capitol in Austin, the Alamo in San Antonio, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels {oldest dance hall in TX} and Johnson Space Flight Center, of course. {Jason and I have actually been to most of those places when we traveled all the time pre-children.} Then I put the cute little stickers all over and a bandana in the corner.
With all this work, and since I'm firmly anti-plagiarism, here's the By Line for Ollie's first big school project:
{As you probably know, Ollie is not his real name, so the real part on the poster looked normal.}
He's not getting any sort of a grade {can you imagine grades in pre-school??}, so I'm not too concerned. And I thought the other parents would get a good chuckle out of it.
I may do my kid's homework, but at least I'm honest about it. Until he gets to elementary school. Then I'll just have to lie...


Laura said...

very cute, Hill...and I LOVE the byline!!

Rebekah said...

Ha Ha! So glad you put who really did it. I am still trying to figure out why they didn't just assign this to the Kindy kids. Would have made more sense. What preschooler is really going to be able to make a poster presentation? Ok so that's my soap box rant for the day. :)

Lori said...

Hilarious! And a great way to model honesty to Ollie! Happy Resurrection Day!

amy kennedy said...

That is too funny! You should get an A+ from his teacher for all your hard and creative work (and for spending your Saturday doing it!)

Sabrina said...

Too funny! I love the poster! See, you did learn something from school right?

Sonia Parker said...

Love the poster! You did good! If only all parents were as honest as you! ;-)

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

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