Mr. M has been busy using his imagination 'round these here parts. He goes to a school that I am just loving. A school that encourages the kids to think outside of the box, to use their imagination, and the sky is the limit. Earlier this school year, Mr. M participated in a program through the school that helped the kids write their first novel if they so desired. Mr. M desired so he would stay after school for several weeks and wrote his first novel. Not only do they help the kids write a novel but they help them get it in print and bound so they can have it for their own. In Mr. M's music class, there is a concert coming up. Rather than shoving her own agenda down her students throat, the teacher is letting the students choose which songs they would like to learn and perform. Mr. M has been practicing his guitar so he can play and sing 3 songs he's chosen. These kids will be performing either solos or in small groups. What ever is their choosing. For extra credit, Mr. M's Science teacher told his students for extra credit they could build a simple machine. There were specifications the students had to have in their simple machine. Mr. M didn't really need the extra credit but wanted to take the challenge so built his simple machine which to me, isn't all that simple. He drew up the plans himself and came up with this project. He spent hours and hours building and tweaking and experimenting and finally after three days got it just how he had imagined it. The extra credit was for 150 points. Mr. M got 160. Yeah. I'm kinda proud.
My baby sis called me recently and told me about some books she'd found on Amazon that she really liked. She had thought the potato cannon my boys had made looked fun but was a bit too much for her younger sons to tackle so went and found these books:
What is not to love?? Any little boys dream come true! Three books full of an arsenal of spit balls!
I thought they looked like fantastic fun too so ordered them for The Natives. Mr. M has been going nuts with the Medieval Weapons one. I love that these projects are made with common things around the house and are explained well enough that lazy me doesn't have to help! The Natives can make these on their own and I get to sit and eat bon bons and pick the lint between my toes.
Mr. M has built several other projects but this is all I've taken photos of so far.