My youngest son, in grade three this year, was tasked with the traditional shoebox project. I like this idea because it allows the children freedom to decorate their box however they like and choose three meaningful items to place inside it. They then present in front of their peers which gives them an opportunity to share a little about themselves as well as learn something about their classmates.
School Projects CAN Be Fun
So the shoebox project exploded on the kitchen table after dinner tonight and it was fun to witness. Usually, Xavier mounts an epic resistance to anything homework-related; however, after picking out his shoebox (we keep a stash in the garage for just such occasions), he was excited to find materials to decorate it.
I hauled out the fun, patterned duct tapes, baseball-patterned paper and glue. He scattered all manner of crayons and markers on the table. And stickers, of course.
I had to stop myself from jumping in to try to ‘fix’ the tape or straighten the paper. This was his project, not mine. Plus, I had my own work to do. Anyway, my shoebox project entails either a new pair of Saucony runners or fall boots.
You know what’s cooler than new fall boots, though? Watching Big Brother lend a hand — literally. He held the tape on one end as Xavier yanked it across the lid and then he carefully helped him line it up. While not infringing on his creativity, he was just there. And they didn’t even argue once!
Xavier was excited to finish up with some colouring around the sides and then went off to find his favourite things. Will a baseball glove fit in there, I wonder?
I’m curious, since the shoebox presentation seems to be the norm for grade 3 kids at our school, what sorts of ice-breaker projects are your kids working on for school?