INGEN means "green beans" in Japanese AND it also means "none" in Norwegian. That's so much fun. Thanks for all of the comments and advice on that post. Clearly, I am not alone in the word-verification-is-a-pain-in-the-ass club.
Okay, on to my incredible son. Two days ago he came home from school and headed straight to the kitchen, took his own life in his hands by opening the Tupperware cupboard, and emerged with a clear square container. He asked if he could use it. Uhhh, sure! What for? He needed to make a cell. More specifically, a model of a plant cell, for his 8th grade science class. On his own accord, he then headed down to the art area (the place under the stairs where we store all manner of craft kits, pipe cleaners, glue gun, markers, crayons, Perler beads, felt, paper....etc.). Oh, he also asked if I had any whole peppercorns. What?
Look what he made!!!! And he only asked 2 questions. I did nothing (B did coach some hacksawing). Pretty cool.
I've come to learn that any school project involving the glue gun is 100% more likely to be finished before the due date than, say, an English essay. This plant cell model comes complete with recycled bottle caps and a butter tart tin to hold various little cell bits (Michele, are you watching?). You have to understand, while I'm fairly handy with needle and thread, I am not really a crafty momma. My recycling goes in the blue bin, not the art area!
The Mitochondrion is my fav: that was always my favourite cell word in school, too. I like squiggly things.
The nucleus is a golf ball hacksawed in half and coloured with a sharpie. Once the cell project was labelled and safely encased in a protective layer of plastic wrap, T then went about trying to figure out how to stick the other half of the golf ball to some part of his body so it looked like it was imbedded by a killer slice (of the golf variety) gone awry. Boys.....
aren't they awesome?