Katherine, my 4th grader at St. Joseph School, has been tagged with Mission Santa Ines for her mission project. Woo-hoo, this means this weekend the Digikid and I will head up to Solvang to take pictures, collect information, and start building plans (man, I LOVE a field trip . . .)
For those of you who do not live in California, a rite of passage for every 4th grader is their mission project. They may be churches, but the missions are recognized as a valuable part of California history. Children are either assigned or choose a mission and must build a smaller scale version of it, accompanied by the book report on its history.
When my now 21-year-old stepson was in the 4th grade, he did Mission San Buenaventura. Struggling to fill half a page of blank space left in his report, Gabe was delighted to learn that Saint Bonaventura is a saint to be invoked for gastrointestinal disorders - in short, patron saint of the "squitters" (why do 9 year old boys think that is hysterical?) - and put that in his report.
Santa Ines, however, is a little more fancy than San Buenaventure. I am thinking of suggesting thin styrofoam to my daughter, to cut out the graceful curves of its bell arches. Does anyone have a suggestion for "mini mission building"?