Two Buffalo School teachers are getting a lot of attention for their unique lesson plans.
Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Aikin and First Grade teacher Ms. Michalek work at Discovery School in South Buffalo. The two dress in matching outfits almost every holiday, and teach joint lessons with their classes. From Halloween to Christmas to the First Day of Spring, the two deck themselves out from head to toe, and have their classes work together to complete different activities.
The teachers say they kids have really benefitted from learning together, with the first-graders working hard to help their "kindergarten buddies".
"They really serve as a role model," explained Mrs. Aikin. "Her kids really feel like they have a reason to set an example."
"They take on a mentoring type role," Ms. Michalek said of her first-graders. "They stand over their shoulder, tell them what to write or spell, help them with anything they need help with."
Initially the two say they got some funny looks when they started dressing up, but now it's become a hit with the entire school.
"After I saw it a few times - wow, how the kids react to it," said principal David Thomas. "This is what kids remember when they become adults."
If you'd like to see some of the outfits the two have worn, and some of the crafts their students have made, check out this gallery.