The complicated process of “Deadness”

Definitely getting to the end of MDP. My mosquito aim in the last 5 days has almost been perfected. I can grab them out of the air now, one-handed. Even the ones I’m not really expecting to catch, I do, a lot. The trouble is when they’re full already and they squirt all over. Ewww!

So…Mrs. G wants to know about deadness in the classroom. I suppose since she IS my boss, I should give an explanation…. (hey, I seem to recall reading an article somewhere about how it is very unwise for one to allow one’s boss to read one’s blog…something about very easy to get in trouble then…hmmm) šŸ˜€

ANYWAY…the reason this deadness is so popular in our classroom is because it’s just SO much fun! The routine goes something like this (taking all options and variations into account):

We are all playing normally. Suddenly, James or Carrie will give Mr. N a shove (don’t worry, it’s quite gentle) “You’re dead!!!” Mr. N collapses (or falls over, if sitting up) in very dramatic fashion, and lies motionless. “BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!” the kids burst out laughing (yes, this is absolutely hilarious, apparently).

Now comes the fun part. Making him come back to life! The options for resurrecting are as follows:
1 — Tie the lacy white shawl (meant for dress-up, but somehow never used for that purpose…)
(a) around his leg as a magical bandage,
(b) around each of his ankles, attaching them together,
(c) around his ankles and then up to his wrists also, or
(d) using it to secure his arms behind his back.
The kids themselves only actually do option (a); options (b), (c), and (d) are put into practice when Miss Joy is also in on the game. She does seem to have malicious intents at times, when Mr. N is involved….
2 — Tie him up, then feed him something. Pretend to force medicine down his mouth in a cup, or force feed him a toy watermelon, or orange
3 — Tie him up and cover him with a jacket, blanket, pillow, etc.

Jumping on him, climbing all over him, messing up his hair, holding a hand over his mouth to make sure he swallows the medicine, pulling off his shoes and running off to hide them somewhere (this is usually Miss Joy’s job), pulling the laces out of his shoes, etc, are all options during this process.

After one he has been secured in one way or another, there are another set of options as we come to the “coming alive” part, which is caused by this miraculous white shawl or the medicine given him.
1 — The kids stand back and watch as he slowly comes back to life with a set of jerky motions.
2 — The kids stand back to watch him lying motionless on the floor until he suddenly comes alive with great noise and motion and scares the daylights out of them, sending them screaming (with delight and excitement, don’t worry) into the corners of the room
3 — The kids run away, shrieking and laughing, to hide. Mr. N comes alive slowly, then proceeds (sometimes in jerky, still-coming-alive fashion) to find those who killed him. When they are discovered (hiding under the pillows or the blanket) they are usually tickled, which produces much more laughter.

So .. he is alive … but only for about 3.6 seconds or so. Then: [shove] “You’re dead!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!” And the entire process begins again.

Oh … just as a disclaimer … this all happens during the “free play” section of our day. We also teach them Bible stories, Bible songs, random fun kid songs, Bible verses, do applicable crafts and coloring pages and games that reinforce the stories, etc. …Lest you get the impression that all we do all day is kill Mr. N, I thought maybe I should clarify … and because my boss is reading this šŸ˜‰

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