The tape machine made it's debut in the 3-5's class yesterday, featuring 5 rolls of 1/2" colored masking tape. It's a new product from Discount School Supply, less expensive than the traditional 1" and 3/4" inch, which is a big deal given the amount of tape we go through in a typical school year. If you don't know what I'm talking about click here and read from the bottom up.
This was sort of a training camp for the upcoming taping season, with many of the younger children having their first taste of "The Show."
The veterans started slowly, carefully cutting short pieces to stick on the sheet of butcher paper I'd hung on our wall easels, Charlie L. proudly using it to form letters like his signature letter "L." They then moved on to decorating a few of the other classroom surfaces.
But then they got busy wrapping themselves.
This guy, who chose to keep his rain coat on all day, is modeling this season's home uniform, complete, apparently, with cod piece.
This fellow started with a nifty belt . . .
. . . that got a little out of control, becoming a sort of straight jacket. There was a moment of panic as he realized he no longer had use for his arms, especially when he found himself on the floor, with no way to push himself back into a standing position.
But he didn't want the help we offered and after several minutes of Great Houdini-like struggle, he freed himself.
He then collected his tape into a kind of wad and carefully wrapped the door knob. We went through 5 of the 20 rolls of tape I'd purchased to start the year. I see great things in our future.