Lets decorate, children! We are going to place decorations with Velcro or toothpicks or glue-whatever works-on Sydney, our H-5 holiday snowman!
Kids reaction to decorating the snowman
I hate that stupid snowman!
"Snowman makes me shiver"
"Snowman is dumb" "Very, very dumb!"
"Good job, Carl! So very creative
"snowman go zoom zoom"
Melody's struggle in the Snowman Scene
I hate the stupid snowman. But I toss tinsel at it like they ask me to. It's easier than trying to explain.
I hate taking same lessons again and again, only if I can tell people what I think and know. But I can't, I can't talk, I can't walk, I can't write.
Melody is in a special program called a "learning community," with other students her age with disabilities. Many of her school activities are too easy for her. Melody especially hates one winter tradition of decorating a six-foot tall Styrofoam snowman named Sydney, which the children in H-5 are forced to play with and decorate every year.
The school curriculum and activities assume Melody's mind is as underdeveloped as her body, which obviously no the case. It's not just Melody who hates the snowman, the other kids in her class seems not to like it either. The fact that some students loathe the snowman while others love it show how these students have been grouped together out of convenience rather than because they are at a similar education level.
The scene shows how Melody feels bored and underestimated by her teacher. She comes to accept that her disability will impact every aspect of her life.