"Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations." -Steve Miller
Each day may take its time, but the weeks sure fly by. This post is embarrassingly late, but better late than never, right?
This year, Dinocember extended into Dinouary. And instead of 10 days, I got to do 13! Some may look similar to last years, but I had a few new tricks up my sleeve. Or rather, my dinosaurs did.
It actually began in Dinovember, when I had to clean all the paint and glitter off from the last day of Dinocember last year.
Dinocember Day 1: My sister, the geologist, helped me set up this one.
|Dr. Dinosaur, at your service|
|"Honey, did you walk the t-rex yet?"|
|The dinos were better at capping the markers than my students are.|
|I see somedino channeling Edward Scissorhands over in the corner.|
|Hi, my name is Amy, and I have a children's literature problem.|
|Look! Another log cabin!|
|Deck the halls with boughs of dinos.|
|Unclear if any of my students noticed that it said "dinosaurs".|
|I opened a brand new box of crayons for this. The dinosaurs also take better care of their crayons than my kinders.|
|om nom nom|
|Shout out to my friend Bridget, who helped me out for a day, and set up the legos.|
|It's amazing how well kinders can behave, when they want something...|
Probably the best moment was during our Daily Message on the rug, we were talking about the dinosaurs being extinct, and I asked, well, are there any dinosaurs alive today? And one of my students said yes! So I ask, where? And he points....to my Dinocember display.
Torn between accurate scientific knowledge, and maintaining the magical illusion of toys having their own lives, I fumbled through a "well, they're different, small, not dangerous" blah blah blah that he definitely bought. But it made me glad that my students, who have already overcome a lot for their young lives, and for some who are exposed to things (music, movies, language) beyond what's appropriate, still have an openness to imagination and wonder.