A Halloween parade featuring clever costumes galore along with games and goodies made this year’s Halloween celebrations memorable. Check out the second graders in the photo above. English Class teachers in their make-up and costumes (lower photo above) were delightfully different from the ordinary teachers children encounter daily. Our children knew right away that beneath all that scary stuff remain their warm-hearted teachers, who have endless stores of imagination and humour. The first graders started the day’s joint activities by reciting the poem, Five Little Pumpkins.
The fierce first graders in the photo on the left above showed that they are afraid of nothing, just like in the story, The Little Old Lady Who was Afraid of Nothing, that the third grade class (photo on the right below) perfomed for us. (Videos of their two Halloween story Readers’ Theater performances are at the end of this post.)
After lunch English Class fourth graders participated in an informative QR-code scavenger hunt. Their task was to find out how All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween is celebrated in different countries throughout the world. It was an absorbing activity as can be seen from the photos in the collage above. One commonality the children discovered was that, be it called All Saints Eve/Pyhämiestenpäivä, All Hallow’s Eve, Día de Muertos/Dia de Todos Los Santos/Day of the Dead, La Toussaint or whatever, in one form or another the holiday is a day of respecting our ancestors and the departed. In all of our Halloween fun, we do not lose sight of this fact.
English Class second graders had a special Halloween treat that has its roots in Mexico. One second grade family donated a pumpkin piñata for the class’s Halloween party. Piñatas are most commonly used during Los Posados (Christmas related) and birthdays, but any good celebration is nowadays an excuse to have a piñata. What fun an excitement was in the air as the second graders tried to smash the piñata pumpkin!
The two classes shown at the top are the fourth grade with their elegant witch teacher, Ms. Leena, and the fifth graders with their teacher, Ms. Katri, whose made up face depicting a Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead sugar skull as in the Mexican version of Halloween, introduced another multicultural element to our celebrations. The sixth graders with their Viking leader, Ms. Sandra, were completely costumed in awesome outfits. The Joker looks like he stepped off a movie set! The picture in the lower right shows our pupils assembled to view our third grade’s Readers Theater productions.