Saturday, December 20, 2008

Holiday season

There are many great stories about 'the best Xmas ever', great Xmas foods, where to shop, picking the family Christmas tree (we always used to go and cut ours down!), and so on.

I believe that we have to be multicultural - but not non-denominational. Embrace all of the traditions.

Colin & Justin are telling us how to have a 'manly' Christmas and how to decorate a festive table. We would have a group meal every year. Students can plan and arrange and coordinate.

There are DoItYourself Christmas card ideas for the notsocrafty.

Lyzzydee created the prettiest Christmas card.

Many are attending their children's school assemblies and great performances! I remember those...we once wrote and performed the 12 Days of Holidays.

What a great time of year to be in a school!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Affirmations

I just heard of a challenge website: the Daily Challenge website.
What an intriguing revision of the original RAK, on the RAK Foundation site. RAK has become a popular notion since its inception. An Amazon.ca search brought up 40 books on RAK.

RAKI recall driving across a toll booth, one of the suggestions in the book I read (see image!), and paid for the person's car behind me. It was so much fun!

My students were right with me. We began complimenting each other and writing each other and found more and more websites with more ideas.

For parents I sent home: An Affirmation of our children.I practiced this in February in my classroom that year. I found a free poster and it encouraged us. It was a pleasant way to spend Valentine's Day week and provided writing activities.

We so seldom compliment each other, as if it diminished us to build someone else up. So often teachers and parents try to teach their children. We have to correct their behaviour and forget to simply adore them and appreciate their gifts.

One year we created a "Love Tape" for parents. All of the students, I think it was JK or SK class, recorded a message. We sang songs for our parents and read poems and chants. Each student took home a tape. I am not sure where the tape has gone. What a blast from the past!
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