Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right. Thank you for playing along!
Every once in awhile I’m invited to an event that literally blows my mind. International Day at my twins school was one such event. I knew that “International Day” was coming up, and I knew that parents were invited to spend the day with their children as they passed through “countries”, but I had no idea that it would be so spectacular.
I think that the students and attending adults probably get more out of the day than a whole year or lifetime of social studies.
Here’s how it works: Every classroom is completely tranfsormed into a “country” by families that want to be involved. And when I saw transformed, I mean transformed. Wall coverings, artifacts, food, toys, clothing. Hundreds of objects that represent each country can be found. Even the courtyards are transformed with ethnic music and kiosks selling ethnic food like Japanese pancakes (proceeds went to aid Japan). There is an opening ceremony and then each child is put into a multi-age group and assigned to 3 countries. Over the course of the day they visit each “country”, spending 1 hour in each room learning about the country, tasting food from the country and doing crafts from that country.
And, of course I didn’t come prepared. In fact, I didn’t even plan on staying. Had I know how fabulous it was going to be I would have made sure I was there all day, and I would have taken my other children out of their school to experience International day as a family. I also would have brought a camera instead of relying on the crappy photos from my phone.
But that’s all water under the bridge, right?
Next year I plan on crashing International Day with a camera and kids in tow.
Have you been to a school event that is executed so well that it astounds you?
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