Tuesday, August 22, 2006

puppet

Brianna's first big homework project was due yesterday. They had two weeks to work on a book report and a puppet. She had to choose a book, pick the character she liked the most, make a puppet out of that character, write a book report and have the puppet present the report. Cute. The directions suggested that they use a brown paper bag, popsicle sticks or a sock to make the puppet. I was going to help her, of course, but I didn't want the puppet to be something that looked as if only I had made it. Ok, I didn't want it to be a puppet made only by me. We made it with cloth, felt, doll hair and eyes. The pattern we drew was something like an oven mit but with two "fingers" instead of one. Brianna traced and cut but I obviously didn't let her use the hot glue gun. This is the finished product. I just made a few trims after this picture was taken.
Oh, it was a Strawberry Shortcake book, by the way. So, I was a little worried that it didn't look like second grade work and then. . . . Only two of the puppets were not like this. They were sock puppets. All the others were just like this. One of the little boys took a marionette. THEY MADE A MARIONETTE! Now, unless this kid is a little Geppetto, you know he didn't do his own homework. So, elaborate puppets and marionettes, eh? Oh really? I can see that this is going to be another one of those classrooms like Brianna had in Pre-K. One of those where parents compete to turn in the best homework. I just don't like getting that way because this is their homework and it's not fair to them to have them not do it. Still, it's on now. They already got their next project and Brianna's is going to rock. She has until Sept. 8th to turn it in and I'm going to go buy materials for her TODAY. She can do the actual research and work while I do the decoration. I have a glue gun and I'm not afraid to use it.

feeling: I can't believe it rains everyday here
listening to: Ride (Vapour Trail)

11 comments:

Tommy said...

Well I have to say if I was doing the project with my son(s) it would have been a sock puppet, none of us is as creative as you. Great job.

Yvett said...

Thanks, Tommy but if the project were about hockey I can't even imagine what you would come up with.

Nanette said...

This entry is hilarious! I just read it to my hubby!

Jesser said...

LOL! You're totally cracking me up. I've been reading all these articles about how we're (the US that is) making homework more about what the parents can do than the kids and now I kinda believe it ... did you know that our kids also get like 50% more homework than Japanese kids and still do worse on standardized tests? Vair interesting all this.

foodiechickie said...

That is a cute puppet.

jodi101 said...

The puppet is great, but the parent competition thing is kind of disheartening. I'll still root for you...erm, I mean Brianna...though!

Yvett said...

I got a lecture from Rodrigo last night telling me about how "competing" with parents will rob Brianna of an educatiom blah, blah, blah.
The next project is an "animal box". Although I am wishing that Brianna will pick something fabulous like a peacock (so I can decorate it with peacock feathers)I will leave it totally up to her. I think she's leaning towards turtles though. Oh well.

Yvett said...

See? My mom competed with the other parents and now I can't even spell "competition". :)

Lisanne said...

That's super cute! Good job! I love Strawberry Shortcake.

justJENN said...

It's on now.
DHAHAHAHAHA

Giao said...

Quote: "I have a glue gun and I'm not afraid to use it."

Hahahaha! Rock on, sister