As I said in my last post about Bobbie Franklin, I may have stopped posting but my son Jake didn’t stop doing funny things. A couple of the best ones happened before the winter break. On Jake’s last day of school, he had his Fall presentation in his Enrichment Class and his holiday party. I blocked off the whole day from work to be a part of the fun.
Enrichment Class presentation
The invitation for the presentation read:
Our third grade enrichment students have been working hard learning about inventors and inventions. Please join us for their presentation on Famous Inventors and their own invention Prototype presentation.
Jake spent the last weeks of school telling me about his invention but I really didn’t get the full effect of the prototype until I saw it in person. Jake worked with another boy in his class to invent the Magno-Ball.
As you can see from the picture below, the Magno-Ball is a football with a magnet on it. You use with gloves that also have magnets attached to them. The point of this invention is to make sure football players can catch the ball.
I mean, think about it … how many times have you watched your favorite team lose a game because the player couldn’t hold on to the ball in the end zone? With the Magno-Ball, this wouldn’t happen! No one would drop the ball and fumbles would be a thing of the past. Football scores would start looking like basketball scores.
With Jake’s invention, the Magno-Ball will change the game of football forever.
I’m not one who usually volunteers at school but this time, I figured out a way to help out at the Holiday Party. With Jake’s recent behavior problems in his class, I knew I’d find some time to talk to his teacher and I could get a better understanding of the class room dynamics.
I was not surprised to see Jake acting out. Someone brought cupcakes and goodie bags filled with candy so what did you expect? Jake + sugar = crazy behavior. At one point during the party, his teacher looked at me, sighed and said, “I thank Jake every day for teaching me the lessons of patience.” I just nodded because I get it, I totally get it.
The room parent mom brought a craft project for all the kids to do. I guess she figured this would keep them busy but this woman has no idea what a craft project means to Jake. The project was pretty simple – every kid got a santa with a bunch of little pieces and parts for them to attach to decorate their santa. They all had an example on their tables what the santa should look like and most of them did their best to follow the patterns and designs.
I already know what you’re thinking …. and you are correct my friends! Jake’s santa didn’t look anything like the picture. He decided to get creative with his parts and pieces.
This wasn’t too bad since you could at least make out santa’s face, even though its attached to where his stomach should be.
But wait … there’s more! Take a look at the back …
Yeah … that’s right. Santa has a butt. The kids laughed, the teacher shrugged her shoulders and I think the room mom may have been a bit disturbed. I did my best to get his things together and get us out of the school building as quick as I could.
When we got home, Jake showed me his santa again and said, “Wasn’t it smart to make the santa this way?”
I’m puzzled on this one. “How is that smart?”
Jake replied,”None of the others have a butt. How will their santas go poop?”
I just didn’t know what to say about that one. Of course I’m wondering why boys have to think about poop and butts. On the flip side, shouldn’t I be happy to see Jake showing his compassion with his concern about the bathroom plans for his santa?