Homework Means You Work

Rerun has a project due at the end of this week.  His class is currently doing a biography report.  This seems to be part of the curriculum for 3rd grade, since Auntie’s class does this as well.  It’s not a super-intensive research project in her class, and it’s not in Rerun’s either.  Her kids give a short presentation to the class, where they can dress up as their subject.  Rerun’s class is supposed to construct, at home, a “biography bottle.”  The concept is easy enough – put a papier-mache or styrofoam head on a 2-liter bottle (using a straw or stick to hold the head on), and dress the head and bottle up to look like your biographical subject.

When we were chatting about this, Auntie recalled that her biography project in 3rd grade took place during Black History Month, so she picked Colin Powell.  I remembered that Ane did this in 3rd grade as well, but because her teacher was brand-new and fresh out of student teaching, she made the rookie mistake of allowing the kids to pick whoever they wanted – without insisting that everyone pick someone different.  Ane, to her sheepish recollection, along with about ten other kids, did her biography report on Taylor Swift.  (There were about five Justin Bieber reports as well, per Ane’s memory.  Like I said, rookie mistake.)  Tad did a biography report in 4th grade, but had to make a poster.  He did it all at school, and got to print it up on the school’s color printer.  At his teacher’s direction (she understood him well), he did his report on Jacques Cousteau.

Rerun went completely in a different direction, and his pick surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t have.  He chose to do his report on Galileo Galilei.

So, he and I made a trip to the craft store, and started working on the biography bottle.  This is where Rerun learned that I will direct, I will advise, but this is HIS homework.

Oh, and I am also in charge of the hot-glue gun.  For obvious reasons.

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