Sunday, May 31, 2009

All Aboard the Titanic!

All of the third grades in Maya's school just finished up learning about the Titanic. Maya LOVED it. I would find her online researching all sorts of facts. I learned a lot too. Up until now the only real education I had on the tragic voyage was thanks to Kate and Leo. Well yesterday, all six third grade classes had a Titanic party to celebrate the end of the unit. Each student was assigned a passenger to research.
Maya was Madeleine Astor:
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It was so much fun! I volunteered to do a table and be a passenger, Miss Kornelia Andrews...I'm sure the real Miss Kornelia is rolling over in her grave due to my lack of stockings.
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The classroom was turned into the Titanic's dining hall. We were served nine courses...
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Aric was the Maitre D, he announced each passenger as they entered the dining hall...
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Aric took his part very seriously. He got online and researched what kind of facial hair was in fashion during 1912, and was more than delighted to sport "the anchor"...
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We mingled with the other guests at our table and introduced ourselves...
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Madeleine and Kornelia were among the most wealthy of the first class so we got to dine at the captains table.
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Throughout our meal Maya was constantly reminding me about proper meal etiquette. Like how to hold my glass...
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And how you properly dab your mouth after each bite...
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After our nine courses, there was a dance. The kids had been learning the waltz in PE. It was the cutest thing ever!
This guy asked Maya to dance first...Who knew Kid Rock was on the Titanic!?
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The only way to switch partners is to be tapped out...this cute little fella tapped Kid out...
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Then that creepy Maitre D showed up...
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After a few spins on the dance floor he let her get back to her other dance partner.
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It was quite the affair, Maya loved every minute of it. She keeps talking about how "she wished she could do it again...it was just like a prom..."
It was a lot of work to pull that party off. We went to four different antique shops looking for just the right hat and gloves for Maya. I had to come up with my own outfit. I had to put together place settings for two of the tables. And we had to bring sausage bits and sparkling cider. Not to mention it was the HOTTEST day of the year! Oh but it was so worth it!
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18 comments:

Jean McKendrick said...

Pretty amazing party and what an awesome way to learn about history! Your pictures are way cute, thanks for sharing! Who came up with such a creative idea? I can tell A LOT of work went into it.

Lindsey said...

That was amazing! But I am sure she will never forget it!WOW! Love the music. You are hilarious.

calibosmom said...

That is really quite adorable! What creative teachers to come up with that unit-great idea! How fun that both you and Aric could go. Did Aric shave when he got home? I love the hats too!

Mrs Ana said...

I can proudly say I've never seen Leo and Kate version of the Titantic but I have seen the orginal and it was wonderful and a tear jerker! Maya you look amazing! I would dance with the Maitre D anyday over kid rock. What a fun event!

just the five of us said...

What a fantastic idea! I love stealing new ideas from teachers everywhere.

Next time the Titantic traveling memorial exhibit comes to Seattle, you will have to take Maya. I went through the one in Vegas, and it was so cool. They give you a name as you enter, and then at the end you get to see if you lived or died. They have an actual chunk of "fake" iceburg, and you get to feel and see what an iceburg looks like and the size that the Titantic ran into.

You 3 looked great! Another costume to save for Halloween or friend dress up night.

Randi said...

That is so great! Of course Aric sported the facial hair!

♥Shally said...

I swear I am moving to your neighborhood. :)

I love how the windows were "holes" like in a ship! SO CUTE.

Melissa-Mc said...

Wow, what an amazing party. Maya so looks the part. She looks like she's "Queen of the world."

kc and k said...

My niece was obsessed with the Titanic at about Maya's age. She would have LOVED the party. What a great idea!! I love it when teachers are so creative. And, I love the dancing. She is too cute!

Mahina said...

how fun is that! you look adorable and so does maya!

what a fun school activity!

Natalie said...

That. Is. Awesome! You win the best mom ever award. Seriously, you're so fun.

Ilene said...

You guys are great. I love how you each go full board for these events.

So does that mean you are going to make her a dress like that for her real prom? I think it is a good idea with that high neck. And of course every 17 year old girl dreams of puffed sleeves.

Leah said...

Kid Rock was cracking me up. And SO tall! You are such devoted parents.

Elena said...

AMAZING! I'm glad for all of you. These are the kind of memories that are priceless. Hard work, but worth the effort! xoxo

nurse graham said...

So, so adorable. I love it when the kids do the Titanic Party. They are always so excited.

Bridget said...

How fun! I swear you guys have/go to the best parties ever.

Lauren in GA said...

What an amazing school and an amazing event!!

You, Maya and Aric all look fantastic. I am so impressed with Aric's facial hair. Such attention to detail!! I was shocked by your lack of stockings, though ;)

I laughed out loud at your saying that Kid Rock was on the Titanic!

Leah and Mike said...

That is the coolest thing! You guys look great. What a great teacher she has!!