By Kieva McCullough, Teacher
As part of CSLOT’s and Yikes Tikes!’s Read-A-Thon, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and of Read Across America, I read many of Dr. Seuss’ books in class, one of which was Wacky Wednesday. I wanted to do our own version of Wacky Wednesday in San Jose, so we decided to do it for Yikes Tikes, to culminate our Read-A-Thon at the San Jose location. The day before, after the kids left for the day, I “wackified” the classroom by switching around the toys & furniture, and putting our writing table on its side with paper underneath to write on.
Decorations and other things on the wall were turned upside-down.
I did other silly things like toy cows swimming in our fish tank, puzzles without their pieces, and holiday decorations from Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day popping up all over the classroom.
The next morning we all showed up in Wacky Wednesday attire with silly socks, backwards clothes, two different shoes, pajamas, crazy hair, or inside out clothes. Walking in, Bobbi immediately noticed the puzzle pieces taped all over the walls in the office, then pointed out to each new person as they came in the room, all the crazy things. Once everyone arrived we took a “tour” to find all of the wackiness. At snack time, most of the kids loved drinking their blue-dyed juice out of their bowls and eating their snack out of their cups, giggling just about each time they drank their juice.
Kennedy kept finding ways to make things even wackier throughout our day, including putting her cupcake wrapper on her head. To end our day we drew upside-down by coloring on butcher paper on the underside of the table, which was super fun because each and every one of the kids climbed under the table to be silly and color with friends.
Wacky Wednesday was a complete success! Only problem is now Kennedy won’t stop asking when we’re doing Wacky Wednesday again, and pouring her juice into her bowl at snack.