Monday, 19 September 2011

A week in the life... with the preschool mascot

Doo Dah had the pre-school mascot last week. 'Max' the puppet arrived in a little bag with a book of his recent adventures with other people's families. I felt a small moment of pressure when I scanned the calendar and realised we didn't have much on this week. This was magnified when I took a look in the 'book' and discovered all the creative pages the 'scrap-booking' Mums had put together!

What in the world were we going to photograph Max doing? How were we going to meet the current two page spread standard?

Doo Dah got right into it and everywhere we went for the first few days, Max had to come too. We snapped pics of him doing the school 'drop off', 'rock climbing' at Greg's shop, playing in the park, posting a letter and participating in the family night-time story-reading session.

As the week progressed, Doo Dah got more creative with detecting photo opportunities for Max (that was the thing I loved the most about hosting him). Doing the hurdles at Little Athletics on Saturday morning. Being a cheer-leader at swimming lessons. Having a 50c cone from Maccas after the crazy morning of sporting pursuits. His imagination went wild!

The week culminated in a trip to our local Festival. There was so much to do and see that the kids didn't know where to start!  Doo Dah and Max tackled the jumping castle, circus tent and playground. We took photos of them participating in the treasure hunt in the eco-garden, watching the Sponge-Bob Squarepants show and judging the 'scarecrow' contest (Max chose B1 and B2). It was an awesome day (accentuated by the most superb Spring weather).

Last night we diligently wrote up our 'week in the life'. Doo Dah chose three photos of Max and drew a portrait too. Our page was just as impressive as the others in the book (not bad for an uncrafty family!).

It was a fun project and an excellent opportunity to document some of the day-to-day of our life. Things that you usually take for granted.

Have you hosted the pre-school teddy? Did you feel pressured to have an extra fun week?

10 comments:

A Farmer's Wife said...

I was paranoid that we would lose the teddy (a giraffe) or the dog would eat him. His neck was crooked so I bandaged and splinted it with some popsticks and said he had been to hospital which the teacher and aide found hilarious....

Mum on the Run said...

As a teacher and a pathetic parent, I love it!!
Even before my own child, I used to love getting my class mascot book started in January taking the poor stuffed monkey/bird/bear/dog on ridiculous adventures.
I can see why some people (parents) hate it though.
Sounds like Max had an awesome time at your place.
:-)

Maxabella said...

You better believe it! We took the darn thing to Luna Park and lost him off the side of the Ferris Wheel... x

Chantel said...

Wow, what a great concept - hadn't heard of that before (Master Z is only 19 mths) Cant wait til we can have those kinds of adventures! xx

Miss Pink said...

Ugh we just had a teddy come home last week. Just one night, and Bluey was expected to write a journal about the visit and we had to stick in pictures and drawings and all this crap. One bloody night, a Thursday night so we had the thing for 18 hours and slept for 12 of those hours, had to fit in dinner, and homework, and the extra homework of the thing. It was a PITA.

Jen R said...

Always cracks me up when we get the mascot home(3 times this year)and you can see that some parents have spent hours on the scrap book,,,,,Im with you, a couple of snaps and a drawing and little story done by the kids all good!!

Photographer Mum said...

I would have such a ball doing something like that! I have some friends who have their own little family mascot and he even has his own facebook page. Not sure I would go that far, but hey, it looks like fun.

InkPaperPen said...

I have sent the mascot home as a teacher but as my boys are too young to be in school I have not had the pleasure of receiving the mascot. I'm not crafty either but be thankful Doo Dah is not in my mentor teacher's class. She sent home a family craft box, basically a bunch of bits and bobs and the task was to create as a family. You wouldn't believe what can be made from a pop stick and a bit of ribbon. I am the only non crafty kindy teacher in the world!

Gill x

Quadmama said...

One of my girls was the very first in her class to bring home Corduroy this year. Talk about pressure. I didn't want to do too much in the "journal" and have other parents be annoyed and I didn't want to do too little. We ended up doing four pictures with captions. We had the weekend to it... a friend of mine had to do it in one night.. thank goodness for one hour photo!

Vanessa said...

A cold shiver came across me as I read your entry. We LOST the class mascot! Yep, lost on day one and I had a quiet word with the teacher and spent the rest of the week fricken searching for an identical copy to buy (to no avail). Miss 4 was heartbroken but didn't say a word to her classmates. On Sunday, a day before all has to be revealed we stop at Subway for lunch and sitting ont their bench is the damn teddy! Seems he was found in the carpark (Coles next door). Miss 4 wrote a whole adventure tale about how Teddy had gon on an adventure but returned home with so many stories.
Stressful week!!!

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