However, there is something to be said about working with enthusiastic, fun people! My fellow co-workers were very excited to dress up, and wanted the kids to see how much fun you could have with costumes. My friend, "Miss Frizzle" in the middle, convinced me to be the Magic School Bus and then she designed this fantastic bus. The kids adored it! It had a license plate, the Magic School Bus Children in the windows, a horn, everything! It was a huge hit. She was Miss Frizzle from the Space episode. Even her shoes had stars on them! Our other friend was a Cave Woman, inspired by Flintstones but modernized ;-), but since her students have been learning about the fur trade they were convinced that she was trying to be a Fur Trader! It really was adorable to watch their reactions to the teacher costumes. Many of our teachers went all out... we had a pirate, Steve Jobs, a chipmunk, Papa Smurf, the Flash, and more!
All Saints' Day
Afterwards we headed to the computer lab where the children studied a Saint of their choice. I gave limited choice due to the fact that this was their first research assignment with me. They could research St. John Bosco, St. Kateri, St. Clare (of Assisi), or St. Patrick. We used St. Valentine as an example for the whole class.
I bought this worksheet from Catholic Icing for $1.00. It was well worth not having to make it myself! It also had a map, and we are learning our continents so I made them circle what continent their Saint was from!
It would have been perfect to get a video of their singing... At one point they all linked arms and started swaying with the music with big smiles on their faces! It was a wonderful way to end a week where they were having some difficulties getting along with each other. Some of the songs they chose to sing today were: