Tuesday, October 07, 2014

On a Mission

Every 4th grader in California studies the history of the Spanish Missions and is assigned a major project to build a model mission.  The kids learn about the geography (from San Diego to San Francisco, all the way up the Californa coast!), economy, religious practices, and functions of the mission system, and lavish hours on completing their missions.  It's also a source of a lot of parental stress, so I can understand there being a market for helpful supplies.  This, however, really seems not quite in the spirit of learning.

I ran across these in a trip to Michael's a while back.

"Highly detailed, pre-cut mission kit" with assembly time of one hour.

A slightly more involved kit, "build from scratch," (except that they provide the pieces?) taking 4-5 hours.

Tons of accessories - miniature wheelbarrows, barrels, buckets, plants, animals.

Even tiny bags of flour.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with perfect little mission parts, but what if you don't want to spend $2.99 for a Lilliputian garden lattice, times a hundred for all the other components?  I imagine that the teachers will recognize homemade efforts (even if clumsy) as much as the Pinterest-ready scenes.

We'll see what my opinion becomes later this year, because Q-ster will probably have to build one of these things.  Maybe we can sew one out of plush.


Bob said...

What a marketing method, having school kids build missions. But they are cute.

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