Monthly Family Projects

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  1. buggy2teach

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    I like to do a monthly family project with my students. I always do the naked turkey in November and in January we read Snowballs and then I send home a naked snowman for them to create a snow person. I would like to do something each month but need ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions for the other months?
     
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  3. TeacherSandra

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    cute idea!

    Sounds like you're wanting "art" activities, huh?

    December - Christmas tree

    January - penguin

    February - Valentine box/sack

    March - Kite

    April - Butterfly

    You could also incorporate a unit and tie that in.
     
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    September - apples
    October - pumpkins
    November - leaves or cornucopia
    December - Stockings
    January - snowman
    February - hearts
    March - Eggs/Clover
    April - Eggs/umbrellas
    May - flowers
    June - Sun
    July - flag or fireworks
    August - Bus
     
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    Sept.- I do a quilt square and we make a classroom quilt. (some of our classes make book boxes)
    Nov.-Turkey feather for our Turkey
    February- decorate a heart
    March- leprechaun trap (some of our classes do kites)
    April- decorate a circle for the Hungry Caterpillar

    This websites has some cute ideas:
    ourschoolfamily.com
     
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    August - Give the kids a blank paper doll, and have the kids decorate it to tell all about themselves

    September - alphabet box where the kids can put flash cards for the letters of the alphabet/sight words

    October - decorate a scarecrow

    November - turkey that has to be disguised into something else to hide from Farmer Brown

    December - Have each family do one random act of kindness and write/draw about it for the book "Ms/Mr ______'s gives back"

    January - Snowflake

    February - Valentine box

    March - Pennies for pets - the kids bring in pennies for our local animal shelter - have the kids decorate a box for their pennies

    April - decorate a page for "April showers bring ....." or have the kids write/illustrate a page for the book "My umbrella carried me away too....."

    May - write/illustrate a page for a book "What I learned in kindergarten" or "My favorite park of kindergarten"
     
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    I love this idea!
     
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    Thanks very much! :)
     
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    We study insects in the spring. We ask the families to use recycled materials (cans, bottles, scrap paper) to create an insect and label the body parts.

    We sent home a turkey asking the families to disquise the turkey so no one would eat him.

    We sent home a penquin in search of some summer time fun so the families were asked to dress it up for summer fun!
     
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    As a teacher (full-time) AND a mother I do not appreciate the "family projects" my childrens' teachers send home. I have my hands full teaching all day, homework, dinner, baths, and if time permits I actually get to spend a few minutes with them before bed. On weekends we like to do fun outdoorsey type things. I don't want to spend another moment doing school projects. YUCK! I say don't add any more.
     
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    September-Students come to school dressed in pioneer outfits and pack lunches in pails or baskets to learn about life long ago.
    November-I do the disguise a turkey activity.
    December or January-Parents could help children design a snowman using a sock.
    January-I start my royal reader program. Students have to create a poster describing themselves. They read their posters to the class on their special day.
    February-Valentine mailboxes
    March-100th day t-shirts-children glue 100 objects on t-shirts
    April-Nothing
    May-plant parts worksheet/poster. Parents help students dig up a plant, cut it apart, and glue and label the parts.
     
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    I always put a note saying that they are voluntary!!! I too have lots on my plate and I honestly don't know if I'd do them with my kids either....I let my families know that right off.

    A couple times kids have been a little sad when they told me that they couldnt do the project and after I told them that it was totally fine and I understood because I am busy too, they didn't feel so bad.
     
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    I find that attitude to be not only rude but very off putting to your kids. None of my projects take more than maybe 20 minutes and for more kids than I want to think about, it is the only school involvement at home.
     
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    I’m very surprised to hear another teacher would be so negative towards such a positive thing. My projects should take about 20 minutes to complete and I usually give a week to complete it. I have only received positive feedback over the years and have never had a complaint. For many of my families, this is the only involvement the parents have with their child’s schoolwork. It is all about building a bridge between school and families. As teachers, shouldn’t we be constantly looking for ways to build those home connections?
     
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    I LOVED when my kids were younger and would have home projects to do...I work too! :D But, my kids were my top priority and we made it a point to work on them together first,...their teachers were very gracious and made them small-time projects.
    I miss those days.:wub:
    Buggy2teach, I noticed that your projects are just once a month...goodness...everyone can work on a project for 20 minutes a month! :eek:
     
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    If that's the only parental involvement then that's fine but like I said, I am at school for 8 hours a day on a normal day when I don't stay over and my children are in school for 7 hours a day. We get home at 4:30 or 5. I am involved with my childrens' homework EVERY NIGHT and the last thing I need is to take away from the tiny bit of time we spend together just being a family! Your projects may take only 20 minutes to complete in the classroom but when you're at home and you have to get out the supplies and clean up the mess and ... it takes a bit longer! Even if it is only 20 minutes - that's 20 minutes less I have just to snuggle with my children. They're in bed by 8. Way too much to cram into 3 hours!
     
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    the last thing I need is to take away from the tiny bit of time we spend together just being a family!

    I view this completely different then you do. I love these types of projects because we incorporate them into our family time. My husband and I both participate with our daughter and we work as a family team to complete the project. She loves the time we spend planning and working on creating something really cool and unique for different family projects. Here is an example of one we did this year that Sophia had a ball working on. <img src="http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/lilmissmuffets/2323232327Ffp43246nu323392838232492.jpg">
     
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    Lets see if this works!
     
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    oh I love this! I think I will use your idea when I have my own classroom! That is such a great way for the family to become involved and just bond! That is so great! The suggestions posted are fabulous! I will try to think of some.
     
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    Sunnydaze...that's terrific!!!! What was the particular theme??
     
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    Sophia is in first grade and the first nine weeks of school her teacher did a Fairytale unit. We had to make a pumpkin look like a Fairytale character and Sophia picked the Big Bad Wolf. The kids brought the pumpkins in and that day they had a Fairytale ball complete with ballroom dancing, a castle cake, games and more! What a "ball" all the children had.
     
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    One of the tables with pumpkins

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    The children dressed up as a Fairytale character for the ball and Sophia went as Gretal complete with a candy house (not in the pic) and her teacher was Little Red Riding Hood.
     
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    That is so cute! I've not done a Fairytale unit though from time to time I do read fairytales to my students.
    Hmmm....exactly, which books are considered to be a fairytale??
    Perhaps, I've mistaken my classics (Goldilocks and 3 Bears, The Boy who Cried Wolk, Gingerbread Boy) for a fairytale??
     
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    How funny-- I was about to post the exact same thing!!!

    I have 3 kids, a husband and a 4 month old puppy. I teach all day and have grading and cooking and laundry and a bazillion other things to do.

    Why are you talking about assigning my family a project? Voluntary or not, my daughter would hate to be the only kid who didn't do it, as would each of her classmates. Trust me when I say my kids do plenty of educational stuff (and, no, I'm not counting this summer's trip to Disney as "educational" :))

    Assign more reading-- that's something we'll have to work on this summer anyway. And I'm always happy to spend as long as we can reading together. But please don't give me more cutesy work to do.

    And, to be honest, if you have to hunt this hard for a project to assign, is it really a part of my daughter's academic development?

    Why not start with the standard you want to teach, then work on how best to teach it?
     
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    Adorable pictures, Sunnydaze!
     
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    Hmmm....exactly, which books are considered to be a fairytale??

    My daughters teacher did all the classics plus she did books that had different versions of the fairytales. She also did folktales for the unit and the kids learned about the differences between the two types of stories. She did several folktales from different countries that were really cool. She is great about sticking to the state standards so it's not fluff stuff. This year she did the fairytale/folktale unit, Countries unit, African animals and culture unit and a Rainforest Unit,
     
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    This is first grade?? What an excellent and fun teacher! :)
     
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    She rocks! I wish she would move to second grade next year. :)
     
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    I assign family projects as well...not monthly, but more like 2 projects for the year. I understand that there are parents who may not have the time to participate in these projects which is why I make them voluntary. However, there are many parents who really enjoy participating in these projects.
     
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    Six year olds don't understand "voluntary." They only understand "my teacher said to do this project."
     
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    What a brilliant idea!! That is incredible about having a ball with dancing and all the other activities! I want to be in that class. As for the family projects, I loved them. I was more excited than my own kids! However, having said that, I should also mention that I taught part-time then. Now the kids do not want my help or my enthusiastic involvement! 20 minutes a week should not be that difficult to manage.
     
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    Regardless, I've found there to be more parents who enjoy the family projects than those who don't. I will not take away projects from those parents and families just because there are one or two parents who have a problem with them....especially when they are not even mandatory.
     
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