Monday, February 11, 2008

100 Days of Second Grade (so far)

Big Girl's school celebrated the 100th Day of School on Friday. The children in grades K-3 were invited to make a project using 100 of anything. If they chose to make something, they could bring it for display in the 100 Museum down in the multipurpose room.

Big Girl's project was "100 Origami Cups." Big Girl and Mommy folded together at the kitchen table, and after about an hour and a half, we had 100 cups. Then we pinned each one to a piece of styrofoam for ease of transport and display.

In hindsight, I have lots of postmortem ideas -- other simple shapes instead of cups, and loads of other ways to display (10 stacks of 10 is just one). But this is pretty cute for the optional project that it is, on top of her normal homework for the week.

Here are a few of the other projects on display. A necklace for a bear made out of 100 colored paperclips, something made out of 100 Legos, a football made out of 100 candies, 100 stickers on a paper, a valentine made out of 100 pieces of pasta...

A couple of children told Big Girl that Origami cups are not interesting and she should have made cranes. Cranes would have taken us at least four times as long to make, and Big Girl's Origami skills are really at the "cup" level right now. We might have been able to make hats, but not cranes. But Big Girl and I agreed that her project was really cool -- big and colorful, and did a good job of showing how many 100 is. We decided it was a successful project.

Okay, what is up with the children telling her that? I mean, hello, stringing 100 paperclips together and hanging them on a bear? Sticking 100 stickers on a piece of paper? Whatever, those projects are fine, but if that's what you're going to make, don't tell my kid her cups are not interesting enough. Sheesh. One of the kids is Big Girl's best friend, too! I talked it all out with Big Girl, all is well, and I know we all dealt with comments like this as kids and turned out okay (builds character, yada yada), but still - it's stinky. Blech.


blackbird said...

A couple of children told Big Girl that Origami cups are not interesting and she should have made cranes.

WHAT? SOME CHILDREN need to be told that SOME ideas should stay in their little heads and not come out of their mouths.

Any origami is impressive.

The Hotfessional said...

I used to love the 100th day celebration. I thought it was so cool.

I remember when Shortman came home with a t-shirt that they made. 100 hand prints (one from everyone in the 3rd grade). Too cool.