Arts and craft projects
Summer of 2016 Journal project8:57 AM
This makes for a VERY long break, and that many more days to keep Ishita entertained home. I kid you not, I have been drafting a battle plan to make sure neither she, nor I go crazy.
One part of the plan is to come up with small activities and outings regularly. The other is what I came to call the Summer of 2016 Journal.
The concept is fairly easy: Write what we did that day on a page (or two) and decorate it to look pretty. The content can be as long or as short as one want, as long as something is written on it.
This is how Ishita's page looked for yesterday:
The big idea behind that project is to get her to write sentences in her own words, and try to do it without copying anything of the black board (which she did all year in school). If she asks me to help her write a word, I will, but she will frequently write things in phonetics. I don't mind spelling mistakes at this point. I just want her to do what she was supposed to do in first grade but didn't due to the rote learning system idiocy:
Write for fun and figure out on her own how letter and phonics relate to one another to form words.
To encourage her to have fun writing her journal this Summer, I am keeping one of my own. We write together with a pile of stickers and colour pencils between us. This is how my first page looks like:
We didn't have stickers back then, but we did draw the most memorable moment of our day, and detailed anecdotes. My sister wrote about how a squid landed on her hand while we were sailing a rough sea. And I wrote about my rock pool explorations, my collection of cocktail stirrer and umbrellas and my seeing dolphins race our boat. But, it was also full of silly observation such as "Canned food taste like crap, can't wait to eat real food again" or "I don't see what my parents like about exploring Italian villages, I want to go to the beach!" Let's not forget I was a typical 12 years old on the verge of teenage hood...