Wizard of Oz!
Our kids were SOOOO great in the Wizard of Oz! I know those of you who were there already heard me say this, but I think that production was such a great example of how we do things at Summers-Knoll, so I wanted the chance to share that with you here. (If you just want to see the kids, skip to the links at the bottom of this post.) :)
In my ELA class, we focus on three things: books, writing, and the fundamentals like grammar and vocabulary. I say "books" instead of reading, because I like to interact with and access the books in a lot of different ways, listening to them, talking about them, learning how to ask questions about them, and in this case, acting out one of their stories! I had the idea to do the Wizard of Oz after reading a book review that compared our first ELA book, WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by the amazing Grace Lin, to the Wizard of Oz. There are some great parallels there and I realized how much fun it would be to read the Wizard of Oz script out loud as an added way to interact with our book.
I met with Mary Perrin, SK art teacher, over the summer to talk about ways to integrate with art, and because she is amazingly talented with masks and costuming, we realized this would be the perfect integration point. So now we had not only a script but hand made masks!
Once I passed the script around and heard their characterizations in the read-aloud, I knew we had to perform this on a stage somewhere. But even then, I still thought it would be more casual. However, the more we practiced, the more I realized the kids really wanted to spend some time doing this and get into the rehearsals and the characters. It meant pushing a few other ELA things to future months, but that's all good! We've got the whole rest of the year to do stuff! I am so so proud of them and how the play turned out.
A bigger production meant more people getting involved. I got to work with the amazing Josh Grekin who did the music for us. And emphasizing the true cooperating and collaborative nature at SK, Clara Ashwood who teaches preschool saw us practicing one day and offered to choreograph a few dances!
It was really fun to do, and I hope you can see that in their performances, which were expertly videotaped by our very own parent Dan Ayala. Thanks Dan!
Videos are also embedded, but here are links just in case:
Wizard of Oz Evening Performance
Wizard of Oz Matinee Performance
We are on our way to our first publications. Students have finished their four fiction planners and are starting on their first drafts. We will be continuing this work after break!