By Diane Ako
We are so proud to have just completed our first school project. Between my husband and me, there are 26 years of formal education, but this is our first preschool assignment.
Our sitter picks Olivia up from school and brings home little slips of paper to read; a daily report card. One paper had told parents to help their child prepare an "All About Me" collage on poster sized paper. I did not see this until I dropped her at school and noticed all the other posters.
Olivia pointed it out to me that hers was an 8 x 11" piece of paper with stick figures representing her family. I felt kind of bad, so I wanted to do it right away so she wouldn't feel left out.
It's kind of hard to go to work all day and then make time to run to the craft store after work, but luckily, I poked around the house and was able to find scraps of this and that which constituted enough for a collage. It's a good thing I've become a bit of a saver since I had a child, for this exact reason. (I am not a hoarder!)
I found poster board and extra photographs of our family, and she has lots of stickers and decorative items like glitter glue and markers. We set about making the poster.
The other posters in the classroom had ranged from hastily done to professionally printed, and from semi-child participation to what looked like no-child participation, in terms of visual markings on the paper. I'm sure all the kids had a hand in pointing out what photos they liked, what answers they wanted to give, or where to glue it. Ours looks more homemade as we had Olivia cut magazine photos out and write the words herself.
I set our poster board down and asked Olivia where she wanted to glue her photos down, and which ones. I then drew a line under it and told her to write a small title underneath, like Family or Pets. I fed her the letters one by one. There was a picture with her and her grandparents, but when I suggested she write Grandparents she balked at the length of the word.
After she put the stickers around the poster, I suggested we glue some 3D objects down. I had found a couple items in the bottom of the toy bin representing things she likes- Hello Kitty, Sesame Street. She has so many toys, she can definitely afford to lose a few to this school project. I also found a Mardi Gras bead necklace which Claus cut and glued around the border like a garland. You know, like it's our project.
Afterwards, she was proud of her artwork. She was happy to bring it to class the next day.
I know this is just the start of 12 more years of school projects... for her dad and me. Luckily we went to college for this.
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