Project Night

Tonight was a new experience for me. For the past eight years my wife and I have gone to the elementary school’s “Project Night.” It’s a nice evening for parents and their children to visit their classrooms and see a display of all the projects they’ve done over the course of the year. It’s a good time for parents to mingle, and to see teachers is a “pure fun” setting. Over the years we’d go back and check in on some of our kids earlier teachers, and up until this year I even recorded the Kindergarten talent show and create a DVD presentation for our children’s former teacher 1. With our youngest moving out of the elementary school at the end of last year Project Night was going to become a thing of the past.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to the 2014-2015 school year, my wife was hired to teach 5th grade. Project Night was suddenly back on tap, this time from the perspective of a teacher. My spouse doesn’t do anything by half-measures, and the idea of simply display a year’s worth of posters and other projects didn’t much appeal to her. Instead, she choose on or two projects to display and then had her class assist in making the room a colonial display 2. Below are some highlights 3.

  • A Revolutionary War re-enactor, explaining the tools of the soldiering trade.
  • “Colonial Stew,” made by two of the students.
  • Cornbread, also made by some students
  • A Molasses tasting 4
  • A 4 ½ foot high “ship’s hold,” to show the height of the space immigrants would have spent months in.
  • Colonial school tools
  • Colonial games
  • A Williamsburg slideshow 5.

Needless to say, it was a very cool room. My wife even dressed in a colonial outfit to complete the display. It was nice to see both parents and students come in and stay, exploring the different aspects of the room.

For me, Project Night will not be “over” any time soon.

  1. They didn’t hold the show this year, it was the end of an era. 
  2. Fifth grade studies the Colonial period. 
  3. Sadly, I don’t have pictures. to share, too many names all over the decorations to put on the internet (and far too many to blur them all out). 
  4. Only two kids liked it. No student had heard of Shoo Fly Pie, which depressed me. 
  5. Of course. 

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