A week ago today my son was preparing to take his model of Mission Sanbuenaventura into school. But, due to daylight savings and my 7:00 AM or bust mandate, I’m not writing about it until now. In twenty years, this delay won’t bother me at all.
In 1769, Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola and Father Serra made their first expedition to establish the California missions.
Shortly after, the first California fourth graders embarked on their Mission Projects.
The Mission Project is a big deal. It’s done by our fourth graders. It was done by their older siblings and babysitters. It was done by their babysitters’ parents and probably their locally born grandparents. Buster Keaton’s children did a mission project.
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The research paper is a fantastic exercise and their first lesson on how to write a research paper. However, the visual element, worth a scant 10% of the grade, is what gets the most buzz. My son spent a good part of last weekend creating this.
And despite that his bell tower looks a bit like it’s been through an earthquake, I was proud of him and he was proud of himself because he wielded the X-acto knife almost entirely on his own and has the scars to prove it.
I spend a lot of time harping on oh my babies, my babies, what happened to my babies. Because the days are long and the years are short, etc., etc., etc.
But for the most part it’s pretty cool to examine this part of the mission…
…and have my kid tell me with absolute certainty, Mom, that is not the Royal Mudroom.