Today is Emma’s first oral report. Yes, I know what you’re thinking… she’s only 6, why does she have an oral report? I thought the same thing when I first read the requirements for this long term project. Then I reminded myself that I love their school because they are different and in order to be different, sometimes they have to be different. Got it.
A project like this can quickly turn into a parent’s job. At this age, they can’t just complete it start to finish. But how much involvement is acceptable? I faced this same dilemma when Gerrit had to complete a giant map for his Young 5’s class. He’s 5, how much coloring and labeling of continents (and equator) can he accurately do? I held the same philosophy then as I do now… this is his project and while I guide him, he ultimately has to do it himself. He did the best he could and I was proud of his map hanging in the hallway. Was it the prettiest? The neatest? No. But unlike some of the maps that were perfectly written and colored with not so much as a color outside the lines, I could say for sure that he had done his own work. I did not.
And so Emma began this project under the same guidance. Do your best, do what you can. The most important thing is YOU do it. Dan would read her giraffe book to her and she learned about them. She decided to draw pictures with facts on them to present. I asked her the questions that she needed to talk about. I let her pick her ‘interesting facts’ that she wanted to share in addition. She decided what facts she wanted to present with each picture and it’ll be her up there talking. I’ll be behind a camera smiling and encouraging… right where I belong.
This picture is where she explains that a giraffe is 18ft tall and daddy is 6ft tall, so it would take 3 daddies to be as tall as a giraffe
Giraffe’s favorite food is acacia leaves
Giraffes live in Africa
That’s a lion that the giraffe is kicking
A baby giraffe is called a calf
Birds clean giraffes by eating the bugs on them & giraffes can sleep with their eyes open or closed (i did not know either of those facts before her report)