Students celebrate 50th day in style [UPDATED]Published 3:32pm Friday, November 19, 2010 Updated 7:11pm Friday, November 19, 2010
Poodle skirts were twirling Friday morning as students danced to popular 50s tunes.
Kindergartners and first graders gathered at Morning Son Christian School to celebrate the 50th day of school by dressing in 50s attire, dancing to 50s music and hula-hooping 50 times.
“Active learning perceived by children as play is the best way to engage young learners and keep them excited about learning,” kindergarten teacher Shelley Schoeneck said.
The boathouse was decorated with a 50s theme for the students, who wore poodle skirts, rolled up jeans and, in 5-year-old Owen Ewan’s case, a black leather jacket and shiny black shoes.
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First graders Ella Reinhardt and Natalie Lerbakken both wore pink sweaters to match their black-and-pink poodle skirts as they danced with their friends to “The Twist” and “Shout,” did the hand jive, the swim and some hula-hooping.
The students then split up to play math games dealing with the number 50 at different stations and enjoyed shakes and fries provided by McDonald’s.
“It’s just to have fun and shows that learning can be fun,” Principal Dessica Veum said.
Schoeneck came up with the idea a few years ago when she began teaching at Morning Son, and since then, the 50s-themed celebration has become an annual event on the 50th day of school.
Aside from the dancing and hula-hooping, some of the other activities included a ball toss with the numbers one through 50 written on them — the students had to identify the numbers and then toss the ball into a large tub. They also built with 50 blocks, created a tower using 50 cubes, jumped on a mini trampoline 50 times (counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s), measuring items around the room that were 50 inches, reading 50 words and more.
“It gives us an opportunity to celebrate and have a bit of fun using and practicing the skills we are working on in kindergarten in both math and literacy,” she said.
First grader Sophia Pribbernow may have been practicing her math skills, but her favorite part about the celebration?