Friday, February 18, 2011

Greetings from Pine Swamp, Maine!

Henry has a really fantastic teacher this year.  She has this wonderful ability to mix the academic with the frivolous and she is able to teach without alerting her jaded fifth graders to the fact that they are actually learning something.

Every month, Mrs. Wallace assigns a "Book Genre Project" which consists of choosing a book from the category the teacher has provided, and creating a written / artistic masterpiece that shows her that you've read the book.  And please do not call this a Book Report (even if that is exactly what it is).  Henry has had to do book reports in the past and he would like you to know that he hates them and can spot them from a mile away. 

Which means that he might need to get his eyes checked, since Henry does not hate the Book Genre Project.  Go figure.  I mean, if that's not good teaching, I don't know what is.

This month's genre was Historical Fiction and Henry chose the book, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick.  I haven't read the book myself, but I could tell from the speed at which Henry read it, that Home P. Figg and his adventures were highly entertaining -- mostly true or not.

After he finished reading the book, the next part of the assignment was to create and write a postcard to someone in the present, pretending that you went back in time to the book's historical period and describing the differences between then and today.

Henry typed his on the computer, since handwriting is not one of his best academic subjects.

I thought he did a fantastic job -- after the final edit, I mean.  Henry's first attempt was four sentences long. 

He spent two days on the art work for the front of the postcard.  He drew a Civil War battle scene and he used a lot of different colors and details.  (see above)  Last month, the class did Greek Mythology and the month before that was Action / Adventure.  I'm looking forward to next month's assignment.  

The combination of coloring the postcard and the receiving of a new box of colored pencils, inspired Henry to do more artwork once his school project was finished.  Behold,  Soulja Boy.  I'm assuming this a real person, but I admit that I don't know this for a fact.  

Josie was watching him intently as he drew.  Then she got out her own piece of paper and recreated his drawing, five year old style:

Cute, huh?

For all of you who asked, below is the copy of the letter Georgia received from HER secret admirer:

She was not able to guess who has a dog named ? but I think she was pleased with the letter nonetheless!

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