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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Vocabulary Parade!

Our school hosts an annual Vocabulary Parade for the second graders. It is adorable!! The students are given a list of words to choose from and they turn in their top 3 selections. The teachers then assign them one of the words. They have to come up with a costume that showcases what their word is all about.
Not gonna lie, when the list came home I immediately scanned it for "easy costume" words - ha! You know, just something we already had that we could make work. But then I just handed Grace the list without saying a word. {I'm learning you guys!! Baby steps, baby steps...}
She took the list and studied it like it was the Graduation Exit Exam!!! And finally she handed it back to me with 3 words circled. NONE were on the "easy costume" track - hahahaha.
Her mind was made up. And so it came to be. L U S C I O U S. Yep, my 7 year old daughter wanted "luscious". Even Lance raised an eyebrow to that. In her defense, the definition read: "adjective. having a rich, sweet taste". And in her mind, that meant baking. And if you remember back to {here} and {here}, a baker is what she wants to be when she grows up. So, luscious it was.
Then I remembered we had {this} costume. Never mind that it wouldn't fit through her head!!! She was 2 at the time, but who's counting, right??!
This mama was determined to make.it.work. So I called Noonie - ha! She cut it straight down the back and added ribbon ties and voila! The cutest little luscious chocolate cupcake you ever did see!
When it came time to sketch her costume for teacher approval, the little pumpkin had very specific plans. She is her mother's child, after all!
She came up with her sentence: "The luscious chocolate cupcake won first place in the baking contest." So I added a 1st place ribbon to the costume.
Then she needed a poster with the word and definition. She debated between measuring spoons, but in the end a shaker full of sprinkles won out. So I glued what felt like 5,000 little felt strips to make "jimmies" and added a little glitter glue to make the top "silver". Lucky for me, my friend Alicia drew out the shaker for me one day during tumbling practice - thank you, Alicia!!
And they were A-DO-RA-BLE!!! All of the littles.
And every one of them did so well! It was such a cute program!!
The girls in Grace's class...
The boys in Grace's class...
All of the Disco Kids together!
Grace with her sweet teachers...
Noonie had an important medical appointment but she was able to make it in time to catch the tail end of the program. Grace was so excited to spot her in the crowd!!
A quick family pic with our luscious chocolate cupcake right after the program!
The other second grade Room Moms and I worked together to make it fun for them with treats and punch and fun decor. I may or may not have raided my house to the extent that when we were sitting in the auditorium waiting for the parade to start, someone made a comment about the cute decorations and Lance looked at me and said, "Is this where all of our decorations went??" hahahaha!
So if you are an elementary school, looking for a fun, inexpensive program to do, why not give a Vocabulary Parade a try??!

Happy Saturday!
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28 comments:

Stevie said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! Thank you for inspiring! Blessings.

Lauren and Eddie said...

Former English teacher chiming in here! This is the CUTEST thing I've seen as an "extra" in school. How awesome! She will never not know what that word means and she'll likely remember the definition of many others just by recalling in her memory who wore what costume for each word. I love it!!! If I teach again when my kiddos are big I'm going to have to remember this one for my middle schoolers! How creative!

Angel said...

Cutest Vocabulary Parade ever!! Such a creative idea! Love all your Cute decorations :-)

Laura T. said...

What a wonderful idea! That is a great way for making the words easier to remember! The visuals would make a big difference! Plus they all looked so cute!

Erica said...

Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! I am scheming.... :)

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