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December 15, 2006

Going to a Movie with 450+ Gradeschoolers

This morning I went on a field trip with my kindergartener and around 450 other K-4 kids to see a movie. To be honest, it was a lot more manageable and enjoyable than I thought it would be.

The school isn't far from the theater so all grades except kindergarten walked. That was quite a site to see; this long string of kids navigating through two somewhat busy intersections. Of course the police were on hand to help direct traffic.

About 100 kindergarteners and chaperones sardined into a school bus and drove the few blocks to the theater. I was responsible for 5 children, which was very manageable. Since I've been to Jo's class before I already knew the kids, made it a little easier to create a bond with the small group.

It took considerable effort to get everyone into the theater. After awhile it became clear that everyone was not going to fit...the theater we were in sat 485 people! Initially they asked the adults to move to the sides and sit in the isle. That raised some other issues (at that age kids should have an adult nearby), so they moved the 1st graders and corresponding adults to another theater and I got my seat back next to my group.

The movie started, all the kids cheered, and we had a great time watching Happy Feet. I was suprised at how quiet it was in the theater during the movie. As there is a lot of music in the movie there tended to be clapping to the beat, and there were a few key moments where the kids clapped and made noise because something good happened.

Afterward it was back onto the bus and back to school.

If you have kids in school I highly recommend volunteering to spend time in their class.

Posted by mike at December 15, 2006 12:16 PM