Best Movie Ever (according to 15 kindergarten students)

January 5th, 2010

Welcome to teaching in Minnesota.

Land of indoor recess.

I know what some of you are thinking. “Indoor recess? Sweet. No need to get on coats, boots, hats, gloves. No kids whinning because they are too cold. No need to stand on the playground and freeze while listening to the whinning about being too cold.” Well, all of that is great compared to 3 days in a row of indoor recess. The scientific term for indoor recess is “Cabin Fever”.

I, however, have found the cure. Disney and Pixar Movies. I know, shocking, isn’t it? But here’s the thing, my students were all born after movies like Lilo and Stitch, Monsters, Inc; Toy Story (1 & 2), Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King came out.

A month ago I brought in Lilo and Stitch and they had never heard of it. They were fascinated. This week, we watched Monsters, Inc. And they loved it. They sat perfectly still. They jumped when a monster acted scary. They covered their eyes when the monsters were on the “scare floor”. They laughed at the jokes. And they practically held their breath during the big chase scene at the end. When it was over, several kids asked if we could watch it again tomorrow because it was the “best movie ever.”

I think I’m going to introduce them to Fraggle Rock next. Or maybe The Sound of Music. Although, there’s a lot of kissing in the Sound of Music and in kindergarten we really don’t like the kissing parts. Hmmm….is the Princess Bride appropriate to show? They would LOVE that movie.

2 Responses to “Best Movie Ever (according to 15 kindergarten students)”

  1. Leah on January 5, 2010 11:58 pm

    Those of us who spent years supervising outdoor recess LOVED indoor recess due to cold weather! Man, I HATED getting all my outdoor gear on (I wore everything the kids did..snowpants, boots, funny hat, the whole shebang) and I hated standing out in the cold. But hey, it was an extra $15 a day, which adds up over the course of the winter, and I was desperate for money. But man, I hated it. LOL

  2. abby on January 6, 2010 6:21 am

    Well, at least you got an extra $15 a day. I so wish we had playground supervisors at our school.

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