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School Projects with your kids
Some of the homework/projects I had helped my daughter with.
Are you ready to lend a hand when your kid asks you to help with a project?
School projects are cool. School projects win your interest to jump into it to help your kid(s). It could be the other way around- a school project will need an ample time put on research and the child wishes for a handful creativity from either one of his/her parents.
My elementary years in a girls’ catholic school, homework accompanied by projects was outrageously dominant of time consumption on week nights and especially weekends for a pupil vulnerable to getting impatient and easily agitated. My pa ceaselessly was eager to join me on my projects and his ideas and craftsmanship had at all-time come out the best in the class. I was fortunate then and the teachers knew that my little hands cannot produce such things but understands that the pupils would have the need for an adult to help us build our school projects one by one.
Pa would always leave me some parts where I could incorporate my talents into. “It would not be nice to set all the work to him for it will not make me proud,” he advised. At least, if I have used my skills into a project, then I can proudly say that my pa had helped me (though obvious as it may seem that he had done most of the work). He used to tease, “I’m going to be graded by your teacher, not you.”
In the Philippines, we had the advantage of securing raw materials without difficulty. Raw materials were cheap and abundant in the market or right within my surroundings. Machinery was not a problem either whenever pieces of materials need special shape and cutting. Our home is within the compound where my uncle’s furniture factory is just a stone throw.
My two girls are now past the more intricate projects during their grade school, and I had unloaded my creativity onto the larger work that required mommy’s help. This hub will show you a few pictures of the work my daughters and I had shared creativity together. I call it “bondage of blood and talents” linking our minds, hearts, handiwork and mother-to-daughter bonding in order to meet a deadline and make her happy.
Now, I am missing the productive support I could give to my children. One is in high school and attends to her own projects (with the exemption of "1915, A Soldier's Letter to his dad and a sweeheart")...see picture. My older daughter is attending college and if there is any school project to do, she dazzles herself to confinement with her computer. All I can do which is important for my girls and you must do the same with your children is to as multiple of times support and praise their work.
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I do not mind my daughters calling me a “pack rat”. I like to keep aside scrap materials that I feel would become importantly beneficial to them and to myself. But I am not the "hoarder" type. There were many instances that I do not have to run out and buy what they need for a project because I have the supply. Occasionally, it has become useful and convenient for me as well since I like being creative. It is a great utility source to have supplies within my reach. Just as the man-of-the-house have all the necessary bits and pieces inside his toolbox, so do we, but keep it neat.
1) Have a storage bin with lid and label it.
2) Keep firm shoe boxes and cookie tins for smaller items like glue sticks, paper clips, clothes pins, straw strings, yarn, elastic bands, ribbons, tags, fuzzy balls, popsicle stick, wooden-cut ice cream scoops, chopsticks, barbeque skewers, artificial moss, greeting card cut-outs, felt pads, corks and many, many more.
3) Save the rare-shaped jars from jams or pickles to be used to store colourful buttons, fancy push pins, silver dust, sawdust, grain, pebbles, loose feathers, dried flowers, and even crushed egg shells. These would look nice if they are of closer heights, after all, you do not need that much to store. Merely for the purpose of an immediate project.
4) Spare a few empty cardboard rolls from your aluminum foil or Saran wrap and toilet tissue and keep them. I find these cardboard rolls very useful for anything. Make a tube out from a Pringles canister. You may keep both ends open or keep the can as it is with the lid. Re-design. One example: A pretty wrapped or painted cardboard roll or a Pringles tube will serve as a protector for any print out homework. A wider diameter makes the paper or sheet to easily unroll neatly.
5) Wash clean used plastic take-out containers from soy sauce. This will serve some purpose. See project “Medieval Torture - The Pulley”.
6) Store at least 2 types of ball strings in your bin: fiber twine or industrial rope and the white string. These are great for craftwork if you are looking for something natural.
7) A rubber mat for trimming with blades is essential; it has grid lines to produce accurate cuts. This is not a cheap art/craft supply, but it is worth to have one at home so that the kids do not get tempted to run a cutter on top of the dining table, on their desk maybe or on the flooring. It will freak you out if you find unwanted blade marks. (Keep blade cutters away from little children's reach.)
8) Do not dispose short pencils. Reuse them. You may always sharpen them and they really look décor-pretty inside a clear jar or in a cylinder-shaped glass vase.
9) Keep some extra bubble wraps and styrofoam blocks.
10) These are mainly scrap materials from within your household that could easily be trashed. But think again.
Store all of your supplies away from little kids.
From time to time, my girls call for me when they need anything for their creative activity such as: a gift wrapping supply (including gift bags and tissues), tags, adhesive tapes, markers, threads & needles, colour papers, cardstock, ribbons, sticks, brush, etc. They know they do not have to run to a store except if it is something they would like to spend on. I could easily describe to them where I put the stuff because these supplies are all orderly stored.
Have fun helping your kid(s) out with a school project. Be a creative dad. Be a creative mom.