The primary school years are arguably the best time in anyone’s life. Young minds are functioning at full speed and soaking up information faster than a supercomputer. Innocent friendships are formed and the simple things in life, such as running around in an aimless attempt to burn off excess energy, are enjoyed.
The friendships will often last a lifetime, and even if contact is lost, the names and faces of those companions will always be remembered.
Most of the days spent learning at school are exciting, and the children look forward to them once they have awoken properly in the mornings. It is a time when homework is a novelty too, and the children are eager to please their teacher with their best efforts. Show and tell is a great occasion where the kids all try to outdo each other, I know mine did. Settling on the right object was critical, as was learning a sentence or two to go with the display.
Here are a few suggestions that may help your daughter come to a decision when show and tell is only a couple of weeks away, and they are unable to make up their mind on what to take to school.
Pets are a standard show and tell subject. Though many children take them along, it doesn’t detract from the value of the subject. Children love to take their little friends to school, and other children love to see them. If the pet is unusual, it will attract more interest. Giant land snails (they aren’t that big really), or stick insects are unusual pets to take along and the other kids will be fascinated.
Your daughter will get credit for effort if she makes her own piece of art and then explains it. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece; art is all in the interpretation., right?
With a couple of weeks notice, a little girl and her mum have plenty of time to build a model of some kind. Maybe a model Saturn 5 rocket would look great, and the story of how man first walked on the moon could accompany it. Alternatively, the story of how grandad won the war and a tank model will go down well with the rest of the class.
A book is a very handy thing to take to show and tell, as long as the child has actually read it. Sit down with your daughter a couple of days before the event and help them to write a brief synopsis.
Old photos are a great subject for show and tell. There is a huge range of possible subjects. Do you have photographs of your grandparents that you could find for them? Maybe one where one, or both, of them are in military uniform as it was taken during the war years. There may well be an old photograph of grandad with his tank; you know; the one he ran Adolf Hitler over with. Or perhaps you could pay a visit to the library. Many of them will have a collection of old newspapers where pictures are found, that show how the town used to look decades ago. Photocopy them. Children love local history.
One piece of advice I will give to all you young mums out there; get involved with, and enjoy, your child’s school work. They are only children for a brief time, and it is you that will miss out if you don’t. The young years are the best for building memories, so have fun.