The Genius Project
One of the coolest parts of 4th grade is a monthly research presentation called the “Genius Project.” It gives the students the freedom to pick a topic that they want to become an expert on. It can be anything, but like any other term paper, they had to dive in, learn new stuff, AND it has to be accompanied by some type of medium whether it be a shadow box, video, or slide show.
There was zero hesitation when I asked Kiddo what her first project would be on. She looked me dead in the eyes and said, “Mama, I want to learn how to make sushi and I want to film it.” Sure. Why not? I thought, that sounds pretty rad and I wouldn’t mind learning myself. “No, mama, I want to learn from Chef Shin at Sushi Roku in Newport Beach…” What can I say, the kid has big dreams.
How to Make Sushi (video)
When it comes to eating sushi Kiddo is a stickler, and take warning, she’ll call you out on it. She can’t wait to write her first blog post on The JetSet Family called, Coco’s Rules for Properly Eating Sushi. I’m sure it will have a tutorial as well. Like I said, she takes her food very seriously. So I reached out to Coco’s fairy Foodiemother, Mona Shah, and before I knew it, Coco was about to embark on a private sushi making lesson with the one and only, Chef Shin. Talk about the dream after school snack…
So without further ado, here is Coco’s completed Genius Project that she produced using all of the skills she learned over the summer at Apple Camp. Kiddo then entered her “How-to Make Sushi” video into the PTSA Reflections Art Program at school and won first place in her division for video production. This January she was one of the 4th graders chosen to represent her school in the district’s Innovation Experience 2017.
Needless to say, we’re really proud of her. Not because of what she produced and the accolades that came along with it, but how interested this Genius Project made her in researching things she wanted to not only know more about on the surface, but truly become an expert on the topic.
Great job, Kiddo. I love the passion, plotting, planning and intensity that shines from your face when it’s time for these projects. Keep up the great work. Love you!
Now let’s get some sushi.
If you haven’t waited until the credits rolled, Kiddo and I would like to give a very special thank you to Mona and our friends, especially Chef Shin, at Sushi Roku in Fashion Island for making the time to make this dream come true. You are all very special to us, and we will never forget your kindness.
Next time you are in Newport Beach, be sure to swing by Sushi Roku at Fashion Island and see Chef Shin, he’s seriously the coolest dude ever!
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