I am so at the end of my rope today and it can all be summed up in two exhausting words.
So, Jordon is in 4th grade this year (should be fifth but I was putting off mandatory science project age I held him back in first grade due to his immaturity and him just not being ready!!) anyway, this is his first year that completing a science project to have entered into the school science fair is mandatory. Let me tell you people.... if you don't have children in the upper grades of elementary yet, just wait, it is pure torture.
My teacher friends are always talking about parents taking too much control of the kids' work. Parents not letting the kids just learn for themselves and learn through failures blah blah blah. SOOOO much easier said than done!! I never know if my son has ADHD like I do making it hard to focus in school, or if he is talking to much (like I also did) meaning he is not paying attention, or if he is just flat out not listening or caring what the teacher has to say. This whole science project fiasco is THE worst school homework assignment I have seen yet. At first I thought this would be fun and then tried to pawn it off on my parents reminding them that we did such cool projects when I was a kid and I could tell they missed it. um, no, they turned that down quick and now I see why! I want to burn this board as soon as he brings it home from school.
We have never fought more than we have during this project. For one thing I am super OCD with my handwriting and organization. My school projects were always beautiful works of art because I am a perfectionist. I procrastinated with the best of them but when my projects were completed in the wee hours the day they were due they looked amazing. My son, however, not even close. I actually had to walk away and not look at it while he was writing because I would have nit picked him to shreds!
In the end I know I did way too much. I took pictures everyday to document, I printed off the headers ( so he wouldn't write them in chicken scratch) I went to the store late last night to print off pictures for his board, I cut, and glued and invested way too much time on HIS science project and I am still not happy with HIS final outcome. But you know what? I took a deep breath and he is taking that sucker to school today and I never EVER have to see it again. Especially because we are skipping the science fair for fear it will give me nightmares. Kidding. We already had conflicting plans.
Thank goodness there is a whole year until the next science fair. Ugh.