Pajamas in school at SMS
South Meadow School 8th Grade Students made pajamas in Consumer and Family Class and got some life lessons along the way. After making the pants they were allowed to wear them to school by paying $1. Altogether they raised $94 for the SMS Food Pantry.
After the unit was complete, students were asked to reflect on the experience and what they learned during the process of building their pants. It really wasn’t about sewing a pair of pants.
They were asked to think about what else they learned. Some of them got it. It was about doing something they never tried before, learning something new, getting frustrated, not giving up, seeing it through till the end. It was about using another part of their brain and stretching a bit, pushing on.
It was painful for many but it wasn’t apparent until they were asked to write it down when they were done. The overwhelming conclusion was: they couldn’t quite imagine what it would look like in the end and believed they would fail.
No one failed and the pride and confidence was evident when all were asked to stand up and show off their creations at a school wide assembly.
The unit began March 10 and all 117 students finished by April 3.