Many of my favorite activities that we've done this year have been a student's idea. The first of these happened way back in August, when the students were creating our class birthday chart. Different groups were assigned different months of the year, and were asked to create a label for that month. The decorations of the label had to depict various aspects of that month. Students referenced the Hebrew calendar for holidays, and considered the seasons and special school events. In creating these labels, the children got so interested in their month that one group came up with an idea: at the beginning of each month, the group that made that label should put on a skit that has something to do with that month! We decided that these skits should be optional, and that groups can recruit non-group members to help. We (I) also decided that all preparation and practice must occur outside of class time. And so we have been putting on these skits each month ever since.
This being our 4th month, it makes sense that the children have gotten more creative, ambitious, and organized with their skits. This month's performance included an original song, props, and a running joke throughout!
Little people, big minds.