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On School #9 Wacky Hair Day

On Friday my six-year-olds arrived at the door with their hair painted red, white, and blue. Some with pink. One girl had a curly hairpiece attached to the crown of her head. She looked ready for the prom. Later as I walked through the hallway, I laughed at a girl with her hair piled high – about one foot above her head. It was wrapped around an empty water bottle making her look like a cone head. I saw kids with spiked, green hair, some with coke cans in their hair, and many with little pony-tails wrapped in colorful scrunchies.

I pointed at one 3rd grader. “WACKY HAIR!” I said and laughed. She had red, yellow, green, purple, orange, and blue pipe cleaners sprouting from her head – looking a little like an alien. She giggled, pointed back at me and said, “WACKY HAIR!” It was Wacky Hair Day at my elementary school.

I did have wacky hair, but at least I didn’t look like those critters at the top of this post. I wrapped little clumps of hair into bunches and affixed about ten binder paper clips – the kind that have a spring opener and have wings that look like little butterflies – all around my hair. Then I attached multi-colored, rubberized, alphabet stickers to my hair. I looked like I was ready to take off or as if I had just touched an open electrical socket. Actually, more aptly I looked like a live alphabet. The kids quickly began to call out words they read on my hair. Hug! Husk! Red! The!

To take advantage of this learning moment, I passed out paper to the children and challenged them to find as many words as they could in my hair throughout the morning. I offered a large sticker to those who found the most and then I set into reading groups. During one group, I looked up to find about seven children standing near the reading table. They were a little ways off so as not to disturb the group, but they should have been at their own desks working on their projects. Before I reminded them to get busy, I noticed papers in their hands and pencils scribbling words that they found in my hair, and I laughed. I had become a living, moving Making Words Wall.

How WACKY is that?

(Clip Art compliments of


March 21, 2010 - Posted by | Anything Writing, On School


  1. so adorable!!! I love the learning moment! You could be a homeschooler!!

    Comment by kaya10 | March 21, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks! Maybe I will have a new profession when I move to Taos. Do I have to homeshcool my OWN kids … or can I borrow someone else’s kids?

    Comment by donnaodonnellfigurski | March 21, 2010 | Reply

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