Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Homework Helpline

I know Sydney has a book report (complete with a model of the main character made from a soda bottle and a styrofoam ball) due next Tuesday. I haven't picked up the styrofoam yet...

I know she's working on a coloring book about Taro. And a research project about immigrants to Hawaii through the ages.

But I didn't know anything about the giant 10 page report (due tomorrow) on the Holocaust...

I found Sydney crying in front of the computer, paper and pencil in hand. She was looking for 10 facts about Israel (assignment item #1). Did you know that of 7 million people in Israel 5.7 are Jewish? or that Israel has the highest book printed/person rate in the world?

It took us 6 hours of hard work, more tears, and a little blister on her right hand middle finger to finish her report which includes a Venn diagram (item #9), a watercolor painting of a cellar (item #2), and an acrostic poem (item #3):

W ishing for
peace, happiness,
freedom, dad home.

A fraid of
bombs
guns

R emember
the Holocaust
Don't let it happen again


We, er, I mean, She better get an A. or an MP or ME or whatever that new-fangled grading system is...

For the record, it was a really interesting assignment with some great learning opportunities and no silly stuff like word searches or color by number. Sydney really knew her information and was full of details from the book and articles they had read in class. I just wish we had started the project a week ago...

I'm looking forward to reading a few of the Holocaust books that Sydney listed (item #5) in her report.

6 comments:

nikko said...

What a good homework helper you are. My eldest is working on his first research project right now! Ugh!

Deanne said...

10 pages due the next day??! See...Super Mom at work again! I like the poem, good job Sydney!

Mary said...

Oh man, I remember doing this very thing to mom throughout my years in school. I'm glad the 10 pages were divided into specific things like a graph, a picture, etc, and not just her having to write stuff. Way to get that done!

wendy said...

Mary - I remember doing this to mom, too.

In fairness to Syd, I should mention that she had rough drafts of many of the items and just needed to correct spelling and punctuation, but still....

Amanda said...

Ugh! What a good mom you are! Luckily we haven't had too many major projects, yet!

Mrs. Staff Sergeant said...

Wow. Homework is much more involved now than it was when I was in school. I'm afraid for my kids to get older now :P