The Vocabulary Parade

Have you heard of this? I had not heard of it until my kiddo brought the paperwork home for it. I will be honest; I really was not looking forward to taking part of it. It was a lot of fun though!

What Is a Vocabulary Parade? 
Schools around the country have been holding vocabulary parades for years, thanks to the fabulous picture book Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier. In the book, the main character, Sage, redeems herself after a hilarious vocabulary snafu with an award-winning costume in her school’s vocabulary parade. Teachers and students have been understandably inspired by the book, and as a Google or Pinterest search will prove, vocabulary parades have really caught on!

I will not go into the ins-and-outs of putting on a Vocabulary Parade. Today I am going to talk about our participation in the kiddo's school's. When he brought the paperwork home, we thought about what word should we use. Z wanted to do lion, the Hubs wanted to do haberdashery (which is awesome and going to try to do it next year!), and my choice was precipitation. Here is what we chose and the outcome.

That's right! We went with precipitation. 

1. CHEMISTRY the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution.
2. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground.

I wracked my brain to try to figure out how to make a costume based off of "precipitation." I came up with what you see. The hubby and I stayed up to nearly midnight drawing, cutting, glittering, and tying. We strung cut out & glittered snow, sleet, rain, and hail all around an umbrella. Simple as that!

The snowflake was super annoying to draw and cut. Once I put the glitter on it, it kept closing up on itself. The hail was on white paper and the word "hail" bled through. All that being said, he loved it! The hubby had the idea of getting him some rain boots and poncho to go along with it. It was great!

I ended up being sick that day. :-( I went to work and came home throwing up. I missed the actual parade. I got a phone call after it was all said and done. The hubby said that Z had something to tell me. In 2 octaves higher than he normally speaks, he told me that he won!! That's right! Z won the most original use of a word.

I didn't want to take part. (Truthfully I tried to bribe the kid out of going with a trip to the arcade. Yeah, my mom already got on to me about that. lol). Then I ended up not getting to go myself. I would have rather gone to 100 Vocabulary Parades instead of being as sick as I was. That being said, it turned out great! He won...and we are already thinking of next year. 

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