No big deal, I told Mr. Edwards. We'll do three weeks on paper airplanes, three weeks on kites, and three weeks on rockets. How hard can it be? I'm through with typing lesson plans! This will be a breeze!
Well, the paper airplanes worked out okay.
The kites haven't been so successful. Mrs. B. and Mrs. C. and I spent class time hurrying around tying knots, taping dowels, and trying to keep chaos from erupting as restless children waited for help. Mr. Edwards and I have been toiling over kites over two weekends (it turns out that even a dozen amazing and bright six and seven-year-olds really aren't up to assembling kites!). Today was the day. Time to fly.
Isaac's actually did fly for a bit. Before it completely fell apart.
I worked as best as I could to quickly repair kites, but I would have been more successful with a roll of duct tape!
Ethan seemed to have fun anyway. (Lane's not looking at the camera here, but there he is.)
My friend Pam took these pictures for me. Her daughter stayed cheerful even in the face of a stiff wind!
"Mrs. Edwards! My bridle broke! Mrs. Edwards, can you tie this? Mrs. Edwards! My wood snapped!"
It was too windy, but in Kansas you are hard pressed to find a day that isn't. The funny thing about all of this is that I thought I picked a really easy design, after researching kite design online. The plastic and tape system seemed easier for small hands to manage than the traditional notched dowels and butcher paper. Trust me, after this I'm getting back to lesson planning and sticking with what I know. Who wants to take economics? Writing? Bible?
Mr. Edwards, thank you for bailing me out on this project. Will you still help me figure out rockets?
Lane, I love you, kiddo. We'll go get a kite at Wal-Mart and try this again!
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. B. and Mrs. C. for their help today. Special thanks to Mrs. B. for taking these pictures with my camera. Mrs. C. took quite a few, as well, so if nothing else it made for a fantastic photo op!