This week my 8 year old went to a sleepover.
With 27 other children.
In the school library.
I admit I’m kind of jealous. It was Lesenacht–Reading Night. The kids brought their sleeping bags, pillows and a bag full of books. Oh, they also brought flashlights and the teachers took them outside for a game in the dark. Then they changed into their pajamas, spread out their sleeping bags, and read books until they fell asleep.
The next morning, they had breakfast, and could come home at 10:00 or they could stay and watch a musical that the fifth graders wrote themselves. My son declared, “It was the best play I’ve ever seen written by fifth graders.” I should probably add, it’s the only play he’s ever seen written by fifth graders.
I haven’t heard of American schools doing something like this, and maybe there are some that do. I think is awesome. I loved reading at that age and would have died of happiness to sleep in a library.
On the other hand, this further cements my desire to not ever be a teacher in the Swiss school system. There’s hiking, going out in the woods, and now, supervising a sleepover. Shudder.