One of our beloved traditions is the Second Grade Puppet Shows. Each year, the Grade 2 teachers pick their class’ story and help them create puppets, the stage backdrop, and get ready for their big performance. Each class performs in front of the other Grade 2 classes and their parents.
Last week, I got to opportunity to see Mrs. Heard’s class’ puppet show, The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. The students did a great job narrating the story and using their puppets to keep the audience engaged. Next Thursday is Mrs. Rich’s class’ puppet show, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Mrs. Rich explains, “This is the only time I have chosen to repeat a book in my puppet shows, because this book is just a blast for kids and adults!” While most teachers pick new books for their puppet show, there are tried and true books, like Interrupting Chicken, that get repeated because they make for great shows. Mrs. Rich loves that teachers can “tailor our scripts to fit the class personality.” The teachers add lines and characters for each child, this way “many (students) take on the personality and voice of the character...I love seeing the smiles on their faces as they practice in front of each other.” As an audience member, the fun that the students have on stage is palpable and makes for a great performance. Good luck next week, Mrs. Rich’s class - we can’t wait to see it!