|Jor Man's Sand Tiger Shark poster|
I wasn't at all sure how this was going to work. Afterall, as unschoolers, we are not in the habit of "making" our kids do their homework. But both classes had final projects of a report and a poster about an animal. Jor Man would (if he were in school) be in 4th grade. So I imagine he might have such a project to do in 4th grade, although I don't remember writing reports until 6th grade.
|Campster's Sea Horse poster|
Happily, both classes had assignments throughout the year which were much shorter and led up to the final projects. I always told the kids what the homework was, and that they didn't have to do it. Of course, I pointed out that the other kids in class would probably be doing the work. I'd say something like, "So if you want to work on it, and you'd like help, I'm available this afternoon, and tomorrow morning. But if you leave it until the last minute, I might not be free then."
|Jor Man in front of his poster|
The posters were fun to do, and kind of got the ball rolling. I can't say enough good things about repositionable spray adhesive. Just don't let the kids use it themselves, unless you want your whole house to function like a post-it!
The reports were more of a challenge. Like I said, Jor Man balked big time about doing the two-page report. I chose to reframe it for him: They had done a few shorter "reports" throughout the year of about a paragraph or two. So we collected all of the ones about Sand Tiger Sharks (his aquarium animal) and photocopied them.
|Jor Man with his TuaTara poster and report, and Campster with hers on Rabbits|
We then sprayed a couple blank pieces of paper with spray adhesive, making huge post-its. Then we placed the sentences in paragraphs. Jor Man was able to see how a report is organized. We added opening and closing paragraphs and he had his report! When it came time to work on his Tuatara report, he knew what to do, and wrote it himself.
The Campster was excited to work on her poster and reports. For Aquarium School, she chose Sea Horses as her animal. Thankfully, she had an option to do either a report or a series of five cartoons. She chose the cartoons. It was really fun to see how creative she got with her cartoons. They are all her own work. I just coached her through the process.
For her report on Rabbits (her Animal Academy animal), Campster and I checked out books from the library. I read portions of the books to her, and she would comment when there was something she wanted me to write down for the report. We talked about how we need to write things in her own words.
|Campster and her friend holding Campster's "Cartoons" for her Sea Horse report|
|Jor Man discusses Sand Tiger Sharks with the President of the Aquarium|
Wish you were here!