Thursday, February 26, 2009

My, Err, My Son's, Preschool Solar System Project

I mentioned in a previous post that I was off to do build a model of the solar system for Max's homework and some of you remarked that you would like to see the finished product. Since I am always up for taking requests (well, almost always, don't ask for the topless/thong photo project, it just won't happen), I took some photos while we were working. And I did it without getting paint or glue on the important parts of the camera, yay me!

While it may seem that this was a project completely of my doing, I must tell you that Max actually helped out a lot. He painted the planets and held onto the sticks while the glue set and wanted to do more, he's Mr. "Icandoitallbymyself!" these days. We named the planets several times throughout the project, but much like the male that he is, every time I said "Venus", his mind went to his pants and he screamed "Penis!" and laughed uproariously. I would correct him, he would repeat "Venus", but the next time around it was "Penis!" all over again. He's such a little clown, it's not that he didn't know the correct word, he just likes to get a rise out of me.

So, here you are, the solar system/la sistema solar as created by Canucka and Max.

"The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas"
(The Sun/El Sol)

"Planet Earth is Blue and There's Nothing I Can Do"
(Earth of course, Tierra en español)

Evidence that yes indeed, Max helped
("I'm Your Venus, I'm Your Fire")

Red is for Mars/Marte!
(Anyone know any songs about Mars?)

The Finished Product and Proud Boy
"Hey, Mr. Spaceman
Won't you please take me along
I won't do anything wrong
Hey, Mr. Spaceman
Won't you please take me along for a ride"


Amanda said...

Very cool!

I also think that boys must feel it is their job in life to push their mother's buttons. My brother is almost 20, and he still does it.

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, how precious! It reminds me of the Magic School Bus book about the solar system - my favorite.

I came across this cool little group in Akumal that seems to be involved in studying the environmental impacts of overdevelopment - you may know about them, but I'll post the link anyway!

K.W. Michigan said...

So Cool .. and that smile (devilish). Hope he gets an A++++

ElleCancun said...

All I can say is - what a cutie pie!!!

Great job!!! I can't believe Max is learning the planets already, fantastic! I think the first I learnt was Pluto - cuz of the dog!!! LOL.

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

Nice job Max. I can see that my work load is going to get much more invloved once the kids are in school this fall!

Babs said...

A great memory to store away for 25 years from now! Trust me, you'll pull them out from time to time - in the meantime, enjoy enjoy. Max is adorable........

Izza C said...

The model looks beautiful - and Max looks absolutely adorable (I guess he's not ALWAYS adorable in person though - the Venus-penis situation).
Hope he gets a good mark for it!

minshap said...

The last picture could win a prize in an "ecology for kids" kind of contest. It's wonderfully expressive, not to mention colorful, educational and just plain fun! Kudos to the Mom who made sure the project turned out to be certifiably successful!

Gaelyn said...

Nice job you two. Hope Max doesn't mis-name Venus in school.

Steve Cotton said...

High marks for Max for puns and rhymes. And I hope he never "grows out of it" -- as the prigs would say.

I cannot tell if you joined the "Pluto isn't even a good name for a dog" school. Either way, it is a great project.

Sue said...

I remember those projects. Impossible for kids to do by themselves, so maybe a way to make parents get involved in their children's schooling? (they have to know the kids need help with these things). I once took a toothpick/styrofoam ball Christmas tree that my mother made (I did nothing) as my project. My mom got an "A". :-)

Thanks for sharing, cute pics!

Theresa in Mèrida said...

That looks like fun. I love Max's grin at the end. I bet Marvin the martian has a theme song, would that work as a mars song? hmmm, are the names of the planets capitalized? I think Mexican kids make more models than American kids, the big model making memory for me and all my kids was the California mission models. Mine was made of sugar cubes by the time my son was in school you could actually buy kits and accessories to make them
Fun times.

CancunCanuck said...

Amanda Lynn- As long as he's pushing the buttons for humour, it's alright by me. :)

Kelly- The CEA is great, thanks for posting the link, I had forgotten about them. I wish there were similar organizations for the entire state!

K.W.- Devilish smile indeed, I swear if he weren't so cute I would return him. :)

On Mexican Time- LOL on Pluto, I remember the same thing. Sadly, Pluto was demoted and is no longer a planet! So, no Pluto in our little project. :)

Rosas Clan- Oh Mindy, you have no idea how much busier you will be. And that's just kinder!

Babs- It's amazing how many projects and drawings and such we've already collected. I know I will enjoy looking at them all in the future. And boy oh boy, with the thousands of photos I take of him, he's going to have one heck of a presentation at his graduation party, lol!

Andrea Lee- Thanks! The thing with Max is that he looks cute even when he is being a little sh*t and making me crazy! I sure hope the penis obsession passes, but I'm guessing because of his gender that it's just the beginning. ;-)

Minshap- Awww, thanks! What a lovely comment, I appreciate the kind words.

Gaelyn- Luckily he's studying the solar system in Spanish at school, so Venus becomes "Vay-nus" in pronunciation, not as easy to make fun of. He's pretty good about not mixing the languages, so I guess we're only in trouble if his English teacher asks him about the planets. :)

Steve- He is an incredibly funny boy, intentionally so. I agree, I hope he hangs on to his sense of humour, for me it's such a valuable trait. Now, to have him switch away from toilet humour would be nice, but he is only four after all. If you give any credence to Freud, it's pretty normal. :) And no, we did not include Pluto, we just went with the latest word on the planets and alas, poor Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet.

Sue- I think these kinds of projects are assigned exactly for the reason you stated, to involve the parents in the education of the child. It's a great way for us to focus our play time together and he learns at the same time. LOL at the Xmas tree story, your mom must have been so proud of your (her) A!

Theresa- I'll poke around and see if Marvin has a theme song, teehee. I always thought the planets were capitalized, but it's a good question on the Spanish side of the labels, I used ALL CAPS for both just because I wasn't sure, haha. (Yes, the labels are bilingual even though it's for his Spanish class.)

Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone, makes me smile to hear from you all.

Islagringo said...

I don't think I could even name all the planets, let alone how they line up! Good job. How about the old Sinatra song? Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars. something, something, something, Jupiter and Mars.

Sara said...

Haha! Like I said before your son is precious! I love his take on the word "venus".

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Anonymous said...

that smile is precious-no wonder he already has a girlfriend. he's going to have the girls fighting over him.

i don't understand, how could he get a rise out of you when you don't even have a PENIS? oh, i just couldn't help that!!!

and the penis obsession is definitely far from over. oh the stories i could tell you, but i won't-you'll be finding plenty of your own ;-)

great model by the way. did you teach him the song i recomended?

went salsa dancing tonight and danced with a young mexican man who was a fantastic dancer. my line is always,"quieres bailar con una viejita?" and i have yet to get turned down. i wish gringos could dance like that.

have a great sunday!
teresa in lake stevens

BBmama said...

What a great job! good job mama! xoxo

CancunCanuck said...

IslaGringo- Perfect, Sinatra it is, thanks for the reminder! I'll have to sing it to Max. (Email coming, I haven't forgotten you!)

Sara- Thanks, he's a big comedian and I love it.

Anon- How is that relevant to this post?

Teresa- I tried with the song but he picked his own tune, lol. And oooh, I am so jealous you got out salsa dancing, I've been begging Hubby to take me out forever!! I'm sure you're not "viejita" yet, not if you are out kicking it on the dance floor!

CancunCanuck said...

BBmama- Thanks amiga, besos! Nice to see you round these parts. :)

Heather said...

Love it! I cant wait to do projects like these with my kids. So cute!

3LittleFlowers said...

That is sooooooooooooooooooo cool!! I will ask you for guidance when my girls get asked to do this!! =)

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