Today was a big day for our first graders. My students have been reminding me for the last few days about today's assembly. ("Are you coming to our program, Mrs. Gumby???") They performed their Holiday Music Extravaganza for our entertainment this afternoon. There's nothing like a gym packed full of kids waiting for the little first grade cherubs to come onto the stage and sing and dance. Talk about energy!
I have to give the music teacher major points for managing to come up with a program full of upbeat fun non-sectarian/non-religious songs. There was one selection done to the rhythmic beat of "We Will, We Will Rock You" but with holiday words. There was a lot of foot stomping and handclapping. "STOMP, STOMP, clap. STOMP, STOMP, clap." It was hilarious watching the first grade students having so much fun with it that they jumped ahead of the music teacher who was valiantly trying (without success) to keep them in rhythm!
I especially enjoyed watching my English Language Learners perform. You could tell the children knew the words and gestures. There were a lot of BIG smiles on their faces as they sang. However, my favorite part was watching one of Mrs. Pokey's tutor level students. Little Elf Boy was rocking, singing and dancing around in the front row. (He's pretty small for his grade level, so he was on the end of the front row.) The Kindergarten teacher and I cracked up watching him boogie to the music.
Rock on, little dude. Rock on!!