Janet Langley & Patti Connolly
Blog #2 is for grades 3-8 class teachers.
Say "Yes!" to Curriculum Evenings
To prepare for this evening you will need your classroom and one other space where your class will be able to perform. (A neighboring classroom will suffice if you don't have a nearby Eurythmy room or stage area.) Use your room for the display of the student's work (handwork, woodworking, paintings, main lesson books, etc.) and to house a pot luck dinner. Set up the second room so that your students have room to perform and the audience has a place to sit. (Your students may need to move desks out and set up this room at the end of the school day.)
Arrange for your classroom parent or other helper to organize the pot luck portion of the event. This includes set up, such as, arranging plates, napkins, utensils, coffee/tea, etc., assigning dishes to families, and clean up, especially returning the performance room to its normal set up.
In grades 3-4 Curriculum Evening programs can consist of the plethora of songs, skits and poems that your class has been working on during the last block or two. Think of all of those jewels you wanted to perform at an assembly but could not due to time limitations… this is one audience that will gladly receive everything the students have to offer! It is also wonderful if the students in the 4th grade are able to share the artistic portion of their animal project and even briefly describe them.
Beginning in 5th grade, we invited any students who were taking private lessons in singing, piano, guitar, ceramics, dance, tai chi, etc. to share a bit of what they were working on… usually there were 4-5 who did this. (It is amazing how views about that "rascally" boy were altered when they heard him sit down and play a sonata on the piano!)
A typical evening agenda looks something like this (Performance time can extend a bit longer depending on number of students.):
5:30 Dinner & viewing the students' work displayed about the classroom
6:20 Evening artistic program (music, speech work, and presentation of special projects or student poetry, etc.)7:00 Clean up