Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Part 1
Matisse and Ruby have been busy preparing for a puppet show for their friends. They developed characters with paper and wrote a script for their show. Today, they were ready to stage their show and got everything organised outside, including getting the audience together. No one was compelled to watch and children who wanted to continue with carpentry, athletics or the balance bike could carry on with their preferred activities.
I managed to catch on video a part of their performance after Matisse started the show with “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to our puppet show. There’re all sorts of puppets. And our first character’s gonna be Elsa !” Not surprisingly, the girls got a big round of applause for Elsa’s character. There were numerous characters prepared including Olaf, Rapunzel, Snow White and props like castles, towers and trees. I’m guessing the girls will be staging their shows over a few days, given the interest from their friends.
The Montessori 3-6 age group allows 5 year olds to be leaders as they independently plan and stage a show like this. The teacher’s only input was to encourage the girls to write a script to avoid stage fright! We had no idea what they wrote but it was 2 pages full, from what we saw in Matisse’s hand. They also prepared a poster a week ago to promote their show, inviting “only happy people” and “no sad people” to the show .
What a treat for the children and teachers to be entertained by passionate performers!
We hope you enjoy watching the clip to appreciate how the mixed age group brings benefits to both older and younger children!