I got an email from Cody’s kindergarten teacher late last week informing me that Cody would be coming home with a Dinosaur Report page; he needs to pick a dinosaur to do a simple report on. In her email the word simple looked like this “SIMPLE”. She went on to say:
“If you want to get more elaborate and include a picture of the dinosaur, that’s great, but make sure your child can tell what the dinosaur is called, whether it’s a meat or plant eater, and whether it’s a big or small one. Interesting facts can be as simple as, “Really big teeth!” The big idea is that they are learning about something that they are going to share with the class!”
When Cody got off the bus after school, I checked his backpack and sure enough there was a Dinosaur Report page. Two pages, actually.
The due date was over a week away. I can only assume, due to the length of time given to complete the project, that her definition of the capitalized word SIMPLE is really referring to a full on PowerPoint presentation complete with double sided, colored handouts with space on the side of each page for the children to jot down notes.
Currently Cody is waffling between the T-Rex and the Velociraptor. I will keep you all posted as to what he decides.
p.s. I hope you all know that this is quite tongue in cheek and that I will not be sending my child off to kindergarten with a laptop, projector, and red laser pen in which to aid him in presenting his first school report (ok, maybe the laser pen, because how cool would that be? Accidental burnt retinas be damned!)
p.p.s. I may stay up late into the night creating a report all of my own on the awesomeness of the Pterodactyl. And I will rock the hell out of PowerPoint. I love PowerPoint! And yes, I do know I am a dork.
UPDATE: Cody’s final decision and dinosaur of choice is, drumroll please, Diplodocus.
p.p.p.s. If you are lucky and I become one of those mothers who lurks in the back of the classroom with video camera casually in hand, you will not have to Google Diplodocus but can instead watch an informative presentation on said dinosaur in a future post. Stay tuned.