long-term projects and a question
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|Fri, 03-28-2003 - 2:49pm|
The kids each picked a country, and they have to research government, customs, flags, education, food, tourist attractions, currency, ETC. Thankfully the internet has been a lifesaver, although we have made two trips to the public library. There is an outline, **many** note-cards, rough drafts on each separate topic, and finally a full report. The flags are done and displayed in the hall. The brochures (advertising the country) were due today. The full report (with all note cards and rough drafts and the final copy)is due on Monday, and open house is Tuesday night. It HAS to be done by then! This is all IN ADDITION to regular homework! Ds' teacher is VERY nice, but not too organized, and I honestly don't know how much class time has been given to let the kids work on this project.
Steven picked Madagascar because he is fascinated with lemurs, but he's now finding about there is much more to the country than cute animals! It has been very good for him to learn about an entirely different culture.
I'm frustrated - I remember this kind of thing in sixth grade, but even then it wasn't so detailed. Steven is a perfectionist, and when he hits an overload he just shuts down and cries or yells. I asked the teacher if there would be less homework this week to let the kids concentrate on this, and she said there would be no spelling. Okay........a start, but he is still bringing home math and language. He worked ALL of last weekend on this, and is heading for one more long weekend to finish it. I feel for him - he hardly has any time to play or wind down anymore!!!
Here's my question, if you have made it this far: The final copy is either to be written in erasable ink, with no more than two erasures per page, or it can be typed. But if it's typed, the child must do all of the typing themselves. My dh is a computer guy, and he types fast! I'm VERY tempted to let dh type the final copy to speed things up. Steven has done ALL of the work himself, but I just want this to be over with and he will take a LONG time if he writes the whole thing by hand. He has two or three note cards still to complete, and one rough draft (on customs) that he has not finished.
Would it be okay to let dh type this??? Am I a bad mom for even thinking that we should skirt the rules a bit? HELP!
I REALLY wish the teacher had paced the whole project better. I'm tired, and I KNOW my son is, too! Ugh! I keep telling ds that spring break is very near, and he will survive this! It just seems like too much stress for 10 and 11 year olds.
Thanks for "listening". Sorry about the long vent!!! --Betsy--