Warning : Proud Mother Alert Ahead.
Child#2 has been doing an enrichment program at school, as for an assignment needed to choose a person who was “Eminent”.
I’ll wait while you go look up that word.
I needed to.
That’s a big word for primary school.
Anyway, if you haven’t gone off to find out what it means then either …
a: you can’t be bothered because you know I will tell you soon
b: you’re a smarty pants and know already
c: that you think you know and don’t really care.
Anyway, I’m not going to tell you, but Child #2 chose Claude Monet, the french painter.
They have been working all term, and she has been studying what she can at home, learning and getting to know Mr Monet. I have been alongside and inadvertantly picked some stuff up too. She has really come to know about him, and is looking all sorts of things up that are related. It’s been fun, and we have got into all manner of conversations over it, from art to turburculosis. She really has taken a great interest in the history of Monet, and all that surrounded his life.
She has done a “learning centre’ as part of her assignment, and I just gotta say… it’s wicked! This learning centre had to have things in it using her creativity, so others can learn about her person. She took one of my white sheets (Halloween sheet, so it’s ok) and painted her background, Monet’s table and a window, and filled her table with things to give you a better understanding of the ‘person’. (There’s cool stuff in this personality box that I will photograph when it comes home).
After watching Benjamin Button a little while ago, she decided that she would write a journal by Monet, it took her ALL DAY a couple of Sundays ago to write, edit rewrite, then age her book to look like it’s a hundred years old. Uh huh. Very cool. And it has glimmermist on it, along with distress ink. Ever since I brought home 3 glimmermists she has been spraying them, just dying to use them on a project. That’s probaby the very reason she wanted to create a diary in the first place (that’s my girl!) I tell you, she was up before me on a Sunday (a couple of weeks ago) working on it, with papers all over the table, and still working on it at bedtime. Talk about obsessed! (wonder where on earth she gets that from?) but… she got it finished, and she was happy with it. I did scribe the name on the front after she begged, but everything else inside she did herself. (I really really wanted to play too, but it was her project, and I wanted her to be proud of herself and not have to say “Mum did some too”.)
Her questions and answers box is a paintbox, I thought that was kind of cool, instead of just a box and in it she has put open ended questions, which she needed to know all the answers to.
She needed to dress up and have food like he would have, so she chose the fine cheese, camembert and french sticks.
Her display also has that painting she has completed – Monet style, impressionism – you’ve seen that already, but in this photo you can see better part of her background sheet, the Eiffel Tower in the window. She drew that whole background herself, freehand, and painted it herself too.
I am very proud of her. Can you tell?
Every kid there tonight presented beautifully, and it is wonderful to see the calibre of each child’s project. (Yes, I know I know, it’s all about MY child, but there was a fabulous group of them who all did a different “person”). They all knew so much about their “person” and conveyed this to their audience in interesting and creative ways. There sure was an assortment of people. Of course I can’t post pictures of the other kids without permission, but believe me when I say that they all made a terrific effort and should be highly commended.
Ok… proud mother will shut up now.