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Our Own Joan of Arc

As we wrap up the end of the school year, it seems like the projects keep piling on.  One of the recent projects required my youngest daughter, Emmalynn, to read a biography, complete with a book report and then she had to either dress as that person or create a puppet of that person for an oral presentation.

Did I mention she’s only six?  I don’t recall having to do these types of presentations until high school.  Nonetheless, Emmalynn and I visited our local library to search through the stacks of biographies for her report.

There were so many wonderful biographies of great people.  Although the choices were endless, we limited our choices to the materials and costumes available in our closets for the oral presentation portion of this assignment.  Should she be Sacagawea?  Mary Queen of Scotts?  Madame Curie?  Hillary Clinton? Miley Cyrus?  Harriet Tubman?
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The choice seemed clear when we found You Wouldn’t Want to Be Joan of Arc!: A Mission You Might Want to MissShe
could totally pull off a Joan of Arc.

With her Bob haircut, a sword, a riding horse-on-a-stick, and a homemade Princess Leah costume, she would be a dead ringer.  Not literally, though.  We would omit the whole burning at the stake part for her presentation.

As we read through the book, we learned that Joan of Arc preferred carrying a banner over a sword.  Therefore, we fashioned a similar banner using the backside of some leftover Christmas wrapping paper.  Emmalynn did her best to draw a few fleur de lys, the angels Michael and Gabriel seated on either side of God and the Latin words “Jesus Maria”.

 Our Own Joan of Arc

For a more dramatic effect, Dad wrapped some duct tape around the cardboard tube.  It also helped strengthen the tube.

 Our Own Joan of Arc

In the end, we had our own little Joan of Arc, who lived to tell about her adventures.

 Our Own Joan of Arc


Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

 Our Own Joan of Arc


Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Jamie says:

    What a fun project! Great job, Emmalynn (and Mom and Dad). I’m half looking forward to and half dreading the school projects in a couple of years. ;)

    16 May, 2012 at 8:28 am
  • Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says:

    Wow! That is an intense project for a 6 year old..she did it well!

    16 May, 2012 at 8:40 am
  • lifewithkaishon says:

    Your little Joan of Arc is the cutest little thing ever! I love her horse : )

    16 May, 2012 at 9:12 am
  • Stacy Uncorked says:

    What is it with piling on the complicated projects at the end of the school year? I love how creative she got – she’s the cutest Joan of Arc I’ve ever seen! :)

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    16 May, 2012 at 11:31 am
  • jagelees says:

    Little Joan of Arc is so cute.

    16 May, 2012 at 3:20 pm
  • susan2956 says:

    How neat!! She looks so cute… Great job♥

    16 May, 2012 at 5:15 pm
  • debi9kids says:

    what a fantastic costume and project. You will have a brilliant 6 year old there :)

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    17 May, 2012 at 12:57 am
  • secret mom thoughts says:

    That is a pretty big project for a 6 year old. I’m amazed at the homework kids get these days. Wow I sound old. Anyway she looks great.

    17 May, 2012 at 8:48 am
  • Karly @ Three in Three says:

    How fun! Thank you so much for linking up with me!

    21 May, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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