Thursday, October 25, 2007

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This is one of the most recent art projects that my kiddo did at school to learn about the letter "M."

First thought was "Is McDonald's paying the school for all this free advertising?" Next thought was more along the lines of why they thought this object would be recognizable and convey "M" to children as young as two-and-a-half. I know my kiddo has no clue what a McDonald's is, thankfully.

Up the hall, another "M" project was a bowl of orange and black M&M's done in construction paper and glitter. And down the hall where "O" was the letter, a wall of Oreo cookie art. Sigh.

10 comments:

Kalyn said...

Sigh is right. I'm a teacher and I say these teachers need a bit more imagination.

cmarshall said...

Good lord. I'm horrified. Beyond horrified. I would be up in arms if my child's school pulled that!

Her Grace said...

Sigh is right. I'm horrified too.

katiez said...

Whatever happened to words like 'moon' or 'monkey' or 'moron' (ooops!) or 'owl'.
Beyond horrified is right.

MBE said...

YIKES!! That is horrifying. Maybe you could let the teacher know how you felt? She/he probably hadn't thought about what they were really teaching... I'm sure you aren't alone in your thoughts about it - there are probably other parents cringing, too.

Katherine Gray said...

Oh, wow. Not only is it infuriating that they'd promote junk food, those symbols are likely not even relevant to 1) kids as young as 2.5 (why are they working on letters that young?) and 2)kids who eat at home for whatever reason. These teachers have to know that they're putting picture symbols in front of kids that have some meaning in their lives. Sheesh.

Are you going to say something? I wouldn't be able to hold myself back.

tut-tut said...

You should express your concerns with the teacher, even if it goes over her/his head. There were issues when my daughter was that age that I wish I'd pursued and didn't.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Thanks, all. I am going to request that they be more careful about what symbols they choose.

As far as letters at 2-and-half, my kiddo does recognize them already and can name most of them. We work on it at home as well. I've always thought kids are ready to read earlier than age 6.

Alison said...

I am just catching up on all of your recent (fabulous) posts. This is the one that made me laugh and cringe the most. I can just imagine the look on your face when you saw this one...

Marianna said...

haha! this is EXCELLENT! I think I'm actually going to print this story and hang it on my wall (I work in marketing, so this says a lot about the power of brands!!). But from a real-life point of view, it's a bit sad, because M could be for monkey, mountains or magic... but McDonald's prevailed!