Thoughts on Summer projects & projects

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Thoughts on Summer projects & projects
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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 7:22am

in general. Over the summer my dd had a US History poster to do on a famous american, that was due the 2nd. day of school. ELA, out of a list of 6 books she had to read 2 & she took an AR test on 1 & write a 5 paragraph essay on the other or do an oral report. Science, very detailed natural castrophie scrapbook,events occuring during June 25th & Sept. 1st. Points off for historical events used. Since we didn't have enough during that time period it got extended to end of Sept. & can now use historical along w/current.



She'ds been back in school 2 weeks & she has another US History project they're working on that is to be made into a tour guide book. Monuments & memorials in Washington DC. he wants size, materials, cost design etc. what it symbolizes, what traditions developed at this memorial/monument how the person or event effect US Govt. or history, signigance to american history., history of the times this commemorates, purpose event it helps us to remember.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 8:10am
I don't mind summer projects in general--reading a few books or whatever, but WOW--that's a lot of summer work! And those projects really are detailed. What grade is your DD in again?? I actually like projects like that because I think they're more interesting than "read this chapter and take a quiz" but this seems a little excessive.
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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 8:55am

Nik is in 8th grade. last yr. they got so many projects I was at joAnns every week for things.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 10:05am
Maybe one or so projects like that,but projects like that cost Money.So far in h/s my daughter does not seem to be getting any projects and I am thrilled.I got so sick of going to the craft store and dropping at least $15 a week (on a good week) on projects.Some of Gabby's projects cost me $30=$40 last year and there were several of these.There was the college scrap book.The Tell Tale Heart painting(for this one I had to buy a canvas and arcrylics in a tube(Gab wanted oil,but I refused).Gabby had projects lije these from 5-8 grade.Then there were the group projects out of school where we were forced to cancel family stuff since it was too hard to get kids together,then we were the ones driving the kids to and fro.Then there was the cooking project for English were they had to make a cooking show and the teacher got irrated because none of the kids in the group would go out and buy the cable to make the camera used to the school computer.This was English not film class.I never saw a rubric so not sure what thois taught,but again more money and cancelled plans.I hated projects with a passion.There was nothing fun about them just tons of tears and stress.Plus Gabby did not get near what Dee's daughter did.I sort of thought of projects as an excuse for the teacher not to teach as much.

 

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 2:38pm

It's stuff like this that makes me want to homeschool. Well, almost. I think I'd be concerned that my kids would end up deficient in some critical way if I were their teacher.



I think those projects are way over the top. I believe in summer reading, maybe a math worksheet or two if the kid needs it, but actual projects? No way. That just adds stress to the entire family and stress decreases, not increases, productivity.



And as others have pointed out, projects are expensive.



Is there any way you could band together with the other parents and complain as a group? This actually worked in my son's history class last year, only it was a group of students, not parents who complained about the huge amount of weekend and holiday homework. The teacher actually listened and decreased their workload.



People should not have to tear their hair out and go bankrupt to get an education.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 2:58pm
Especially a public education.Plus I really resented having to cancel weekend plans so my daughter could get together with a group of kids.If it is suppose to be the kids work or project it should be something the kid is capable of doing themselves.Having parents drive them here and there is not teahing the child anything.It just means the child is lucky enough to have parents who are willing to drive them here and there for a project.The majoority of projects Gabby did did nothing but stress the entire family.Gabby because of her visions for the stupid things and Dale and I because of the expense and the contant trips to craft stores or constantly googling maps to find out where the heck their project buddy lived.My favorite was the Sunday after we got 2 foot of snow and Gabby wa sin tears becuase we were without power for 24 hours and the roads were still impassable and she could not get to someones house to do the project.STRESS all around.The teacher did give extend the due date,but if she would not have I would have been on the phone(I usually do not complain but in this case I would have,since they were saying to stay off the roads,plus 24 hours of no lights and heat had me stressed anyway)

 

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 5:00pm

I don't see any point to any summer work aside from reading/book reports and math worksheets.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 5:20pm

The only assignment my son had was read a 300 page book for AP European Hisotry and write a

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 8:56pm
Stacy, I'm sorry I don't think i was very clear. The only thing they're doing besides projects are practicing for the NECAPS in October. When does actual teaching start?

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 9:03pm

These projects are way over the top

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 9:24pm

The projects aren't enough aggravation, today Nik came home

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