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October 24, 2017 05:14 PM

Great Pumpkin Learning

Sioux Falls, SD

Christ the King School in Sioux Falls took a break from the classroom to get messy Tuesday.  We went inside the gymnasium, where kids and their parents got a fun, fall lesson in teaching.

There's a lot of excitement in the second grade at Christ the King Elementary School. These students are getting a hands-on lesson in being teachers themselves.

"This was like an assignment for them to write the directions on how to carve a pumpkin. Then we invited the parents and relatives to come in and follow those directions and carve pumpkins with the kids," Katie Meert, second grade teacher at Christ the King School, said. 

Each child is working with their parental partner to do some serious carving. The designs are as unique as the kids.

Natalie Benjamin: A heart for the nose and then this kind of mouth.
Sammi Bjelland: Some teeth?
Natalie: Yeah.
Sammi: Is he missing some teeth like you are?
Natalie: Yeah. 

For the kids, it's a lesson in giving directions, shining God's light and having fun.

Sammi: What do you like most about the pumpkins?
Natalie: Um, that they're creepy! 

For the parents, it's an opportunity to get a glimpse of what their kids experience in class all day. 

"Sometimes when the kids go home the parents are like, 'What did you do today?' The kids always don't have that answer, but this is great opportunity for the parents to come in and see exactly what's going on in our classroom and in our school," Meert said. 
Some of the parents brought serious tools, using drills and electric knives. They made sure no children were cutting alone.

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