ZBoy was confronted with the first book report of the year recently. He brought the instructions home three weeks ago. I asked him if he'd read them and he said "yes, Mom...".
He had to pick out a chapter book to read. He did. He picked Skylark by Patricia MacLaughlan. For those of you who don't know, this is the sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall which was a highly successful Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a few years ago.
The report was due in Friday, so on Wednesday, I asked him how the report was going. I got a blank look for a few seconds before the lightbulb came on. Then there was the shamed admission that he hadn't done anything. I sent him to get the directions off his desk and he came down looking sour. Without a word, he handed me the sheet and I read the directions out loud. As it turns out, he has to write his report as the main character and make a posterboard costume to wear when he gives the report.
The main character is Anna Skylark. A girl.
There was much whining and complaining and I told him he could pick another book but it had to be something he'd already read. He said he didn't know any other books to do.
This is what comes of not reading the directions.
Darling Man and I told him he'd have to be Anna.
So he started writing the report (it's a fill in the blank form) rather grumpily, but then he started getting into it.
When he finished the written part, we started on the costume. I drew a circle where his face would go and he did the rest.
We did a rehearsal and all took turns wearing the costume and being Anna. ZBoy finally saw the comedic aspects of the whole thing and was actually quite excited to turn it in today. They do their presentations next week. I can't wait to hear how it went.
The dreaded Friday Folder arrived today. Before opening it, I checked Z's planner to see what homework he had to do. This is what I found:
As it turns out, even after the conference with his teacher earlier this week, ZBoy came home with another "N" in his citizenship. We had yet another chat. He really, really wanted his video games back - and I'm sure not having any fun withholding them. So I relented for tonight (Kylee was coming over and I am tired of them fighting), but I also told him that if there was an "N" on there again next week, the video games were getting packed up and given to Goodwill. There would be NO turning back.
All the same, I'll be looking for a box big enough for the console and the games...