I survived another party day! Oh, you don’t think that is note-worthy? Are you a parent? How excited are your kids on Halloween? Now, imagine a room full of your own excited-out-of-control children. Now you’re feeling my pain!
Today started out with that hyper hum that teachers everywhere expect. We thought we would capture the energy by planning center work followed by a pumpkin math activity which reinforces data analysis. By the time we had progressed to the pumpkin activity, our children were no longer humming but had reached a level of out-of-tune choral singing. We had two students who had pumpkin issues. One became nauseous due to the smell of pumpkins, and one suddenly felt faint because she hadn’t eaten breakfast. After dealing with each of these issues, our students became more animated as they pulled seeds from their pumpkins and began counting them. Now, normally this is a good thing, but on party day, any increase in excitement is something to be avoided.
The morning finally under our belts, it was time to tackle the dreaded afternoon. We kept things pretty calm, did individual quick assessments, read a Halloween picture book, watched a quick video, gave a little lecture about correct party behavior, and with great trepidation, we opened our doors to our room mothers. One of our parents went out of her way to break every party rule herself. (We wanted to send her to the no-party-room.) And our children progressed from choral singing to a full orchestra concert. We managed to survive a choking child during the eat-a-donut-on-a-plate-without-your-hands-competition, the-spill-your-drink-everywhere-fun, and the student whose mother was head room mother and decided he should be in charge of silencing students by clapping. We were living for the announcement that the party was over and parents should head home so that we could get students out the door.
When the long-anticipated announcement finally came over the PA, we had our children thank the parents and tried to get them to clean up and pack up. The noise level had hit decibels I had never heard before. In fact, when everyone finally left, my ears were actually ringing! My co-teacher and I cleaned all of the desks and tables with Lysol wipes, packed up our school work, and limped out the door to our cars. We had survived another school party day!
I can’t wait until Christmas!