Saturday, January 21, 2012
Smell my feet.
We all remember how great it was to go trick or treating then, somewhere along the way we lose our love of Halloween. Children absolutely love Halloween. They begin planning next years costume on November 01. Throughout the school year I would say that a consistent topic of discussion among kindergarten to third grade children is Halloween.
Yesterday at lunch a conversation about Halloween popped again. I thought back to a few years ago and recalled a great story.
I asked a boy, "So have you decided on a Halloween costume for this year?"
His reply. "Well, I think I am going to be that guy that wears a black cape and has that large pitch fork thing, but I can't remember his name. Oh, I remember. I am going to be the Grimm Reefer."
Halloween at my school usually coincides with Art Week. Yes, a week of focused Art related activities for the entire school, grades kindergarten to eight. Our academic classes end at 11:45, then the children choose between at least 8 different art related activities. They spend the rest of the school day either working on their art activity, often with the assistance of professionals in the field or traveling to galleries in the area. The final day is the closing of Art Week and last year it was also Halloween. My school goes all out for Halloween. Pumpkins and scarecrows line the drive way. If you have been keeping up with my blog posts you should be able to guess the main focus for our Halloween party. If you guessed a dance party, you are right.
One of the other faculty members was reading off the choices for Art Week. The choices included writing poetry or making scarecrows. I overheard a discussion between two children, they were going over the choices with each other. One of the girls said, "the choices are, making polar trees or making the black crows."