It’s finally here—Halloween weekend! Like many other children, our students at The Foundation School are excited about the opportunity to dress up and step into someone else’s story. In the classroom, they got the opportunity to design their own costumes—but with a twist!
Leading up to Halloween, each of our K-3 students chose a vocabulary word. Their job was to learn everything they could about that word and, with the help of our fabulous Teaching Artists, create their own costumes! The students worked on the costumes for two weeks, drawing out their concepts before the Teaching Artists came in to bring their design to life. Once the costumes were polished and ready to go, the students got to show them off and present to each of the other grades.
“My papa has had a few heat strokes,” one student, who chose heatstroke as her word, explained. “So I decided to learn more about it so that next time if he has it again, I already know about the word, I know what to do. So I’m prepared for it again.”
She said her favorite part of the costume design was making her headpiece, which can be seen in the pictures below. “I felt like a princess,” she said.
Another student explained that he chose the word “exit” so that he could practice his letters. “I don’t really get to draw ‘e’ and ‘x’ a lot,” he said. “I like that it has ‘x.’”
The vocabulary parade is a microcosm of what we do at CCE. This activity empowers our students through the arts, putting them in control and allowing their unique personalities to shine at every stage of the process. Through this creative project, they’re learning and teaching their classmates, while also being empowered to tell their own story.