Thursday, January 25, 2007
Belle's Wax Museum
For the last two months Belle has been reading and working on her report on Laura Ingalls Wilder. The final part of the report happened today. The children dressed up as the person the read about. Belle's friend Maddy had a pioneer dress that we could borrow. And Grandma Sansevero had a bonnet she lent to us. I showed up at the school after lunch and helped Belle into her costume.
Then we pushed a desk and a chair into the gym and set up her props. She had made a sign to go along with her report and she propped it in front of the desk. She had a sitting pose, pretending to write, and a standing pose, stirring a bowl with a wooden spoon. Once all the children had been primped by the moms, we were asked to leave the room while the wax figures got into the positions. Then the museum was opened. The cute little 3rd graders sat or stood in those positions for 20 minutes and then would take a break.
Walking through the aisle I passed by so many famous people:
Helen Keller, Samuel Morse, Betsy Ross, Muhammad Ali, Florence Nightengale, Vincent Van Gogh, Princess Diana, William Shakespeare, Muhatma Ghandi, Cleopatra, George Washington. Then there was Judy Blume, Lance Armstrong, Troy Aikman, Amelia Earhart, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Pocahontas, Annie Oakley, and Abraham Lincoln.
The children peformed in the wax museum for 2 hours. Belle said that other grades walked through and looked at them. She was excited when one grade got to her and became so excited because they are currently reading a book by Laura Ingalls Wilder.