As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward...
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Yesterday I had my kids write their letters to Santa. I do this every year and much as I’ve never really been a big fan of Christmas, this is something that always makes me smile. Since my kids are now in the Seniors class, I try to encourage them to work on writing by themselves, which includes spelling. Yes, they often misspell words because they still approach the task in a very phonetic manner and they have not mastered phonetic rules much, but I am one who places a lot of value on this part of the process: the invented spelling part.
Before I let them put their letters in envelopes, I discussed with them the different parts of a letter and what should go on the envelope. Because it was to be sent to Santa, I asked them where they would send the letters. And this is what they said:
Cuuuutie right?!? Hehe. Oh, and can you figure out what this little girl wanted?
As for Teacher Ria, this is what she would have said:
I’ve been so super good this year, but yes, I’ve had my moments so maybe I don’t deserve that iPad or iMac yet, but but but…that little red Sony VAIO P Series Pocket Style PC sure would make me soooo super happy. Please, please with a cherry on top? Okay? Thanks, Bye.
While discussing the theme transportation, I overheard my students talking about where they would like to go if they could ride an airplane. Since they were so caught up in their conversation, I decided to have them make an activity out of it. I asked our other teacher to prepare some paper airplanes (errr….I seem to suck at paper folding haha) then I had the kids design their planes and we did a show and tell activity.
It was fun to hear their opinions and ideas about what it would be like to ride in a plane, and I was able to have some of the kids who have been on planes talk about their experiences. They described how it feels to have their tummies feel all funny during turbulence, how the clouds look when it’s right outside their windows, and one even so perfectly imitated the sound of one of the toilet flushing in those cramped bathrooms in airplanes.
Before they ended their turns, I asked them where they would like to go if they were on an airplane. As expected, the typical answer I got was “Hong Kong Disneyland” but here were some cute responses:
- I will go to the province to visit my lola
- I want to go to Japan because it’s snow (errr…that’s how she said it!)
- We will ride the airplane and live in Canada in May (their family is relocating there soon)
- I wanna ride the airplane and go to Africa because I wanna go on a safari and see the elephants and the zebras and the dinosaurs. Then Basti can come with me.
- I will go to Daddy in Qatar (awwwww nice, right????)
but my biggest laugh came from this:
- I wanna ride the airplane so I can go to SM with Mommy and Daddy. (ay kalayo man ng SM!!!!)
Oh no….I’m not talking about Christmas here….for people like me, Cyber Monday sure can beat Christmas as the happiest day of the year, teeeheeeheeee….
Being such a gadget enthusiast, I am sure looking forward to what great deals would be available then and yes, I have commissioned my dear sister to help me out with the shipping of things should it be better to have it shipped to her instead of directly to me. If I had an unlimited supply of free flowing cash to splurge with, I sure wouldn’t mind getting the following on Cyber Monday:
- an iPad
- a projector for school!
- my dream machine: the iMac
- the Sony cybershot camera with sweep panorama in 3D (errr…I forget the model right now mwahaha)
- an LCD TV
- an android phone
yes…Cyber Monday is the ♥. Now if only there was enough cash stocked up in my Paypal account teeeheeeheeee…Read More
I think I have written about this in the past, but today, I came across a photo in Flicker that I fell in love with. Lookie:
So cute right! I think this is one of those boxes you get when you buy wholesale cigars or something like that, rather than by the piece. I remember we used to have a whole bunch of them lying around the house (alongside a whole lot of wine bottles) then for some reason, just when I get into my whole mosaic mode (so much so that I created Project Sunshine as a mural on my wall), it disappeared. Wouldn’t handmade boxes and unexpected crafts like this make such wonderful Christmas gifts??? Sigh.
Anyway, for next weeks class, I asked my kids to bring old shoeboxes and I hope we get to do something kinda like this for the holidays. Other favorite craft materials for me include toilet paper rolls, big match boxes and plastic containers. Yep, I like boxes and cardboard a whoooole lot teeeheeeheee.
So, in preparation for Christmas (be it for decoration or for presents) I am getting ready to get into the artsy-fartsy mode once again. Wish me luckRead More
One of the things I will miss the most when I no longer teach my Little Chickens (a.k.a. the seniors class. For some reason they’ve taken to calling me Momma Chicken (or shark, or tiger, and lets not forget cougar at times!). One day they decided that since I’m their momma whaterver, they became little chickens), are the random bits of sunshine they throw my way. From unexpected hugs to hilarious comments, and even those little endearing puppy-dog-please-please-please-teacher-eyes they send my way, these are little bits of sunshine that brighten up even the most dismal and difficult days.
Not too long ago, I was having a really bad day. But one of my little chickens threw such a bright ray of sunshine my way I couldn’t help but feel the love.
happy, happy sigh
I am so gonna miss this.Read More
Lately my health hasn’t been in tip top shape. I blame the terrible weather for it, I tell ya. I’ve been getting asthma attacks on and off and I often feel like I am coming down with the cold or something, but it never really happens so it feels like it’s stuck in there somewhere. A few days ago, I was complaining about yet another one of my headaches and my friend told me it just isn’t right that it’s been happening so frequently. She suggested that I take supplements (errr…I am not really the type to make it a consistent habit to take such things, even if it is dubbed as the best vitamins available in the market!) to help keep up my stamina and resistance to such under-the-weather conditions.
Today I went to the doctor to get myself checked and one conclusion I came to is that all the feeling sick and being out of sorts can be pinned on one thing:
I’m really getting old. Yes. There, I said it. Ktnxbai hehe.Read More
In as much as I love seeing the little girls in my class all dolled up and prettified, sometimes it freaks me out when I see:
- heeled sandals for a three year old
- dresses that resemble lingerie (complete with the straps and lace and strings….)
- nail polish on those little fingers and toes
- lipstick for everyday (actually, I don’t even like it for the programs, if I had my way)
sigh. Think Toddlers and Tiaras…or similar beauty pageants.
I do think they’re cute and all, but sometimes, I wish parents realize that they kinda make their kids grow up too quickly. I remember when I was a child, we’d wear braids and have sandals that strapped in a more functional way! I’ve had so many almost-accidents in class because my kids wear all these sandals that are made to look like mommy’s! Errr….may women I know struggle with such kinds of shoes, what more children, right?Read More
One thing I love about working with kids is the fact that no matter how stressed I am and how caught up in so many other things I get, I am able to find something to laugh about (or perhaps think about at times) when I’m with them. Today, we were talking about Christmas and I couldn’t help but laugh at this exchange:
Basti: Teacher, I want a Power Ranger (something…I can’t remember what his word was!!!) for Christmas. What about you, what do you want for Christmas.
Teacher: Hmmm….I don’t really know yet.
Basti: C’mon, Teacher, you can do it. What do you want. I will give you for Christmas.
Teacher: errrr….hmmmm…a big hug?
Basti: uh….a hug? That’s it? (looked perplexed)
Teacher: yes, that would be great.
Bastu: but Teacher, how will Santa bring that to you???
Teeeheeeheee Really random, but it made me smileRead More
One of my favorite movies to discuss cultural sensitivity in one of the classes I teach is the 2004 Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones film, The Terminal. In the movie, a traveler from the conflict laden country Krakozhia is denied entry to the United States, and because his country (in effect) no longer existed, he could not be returned to his native land, thus leaving him stuck at New York’s JFK Terminal. In order to survive, he had to utilize the facilities of the airport and make friends with the people who worked various airport jobs around him, such as the janitors, fast food workers and even the customs officials.
I liked how the film highlighted that we often get so caught up in the way we are taught to think by society and we are limited by that from time to time. In class, I remind my students to not always get lost in translation and to be able to keep an open and more flexible mind about people and things around them.Read More
The other day a dear friend of mine and I were shopping and we passed by the misses clothing section and I could not help but think about having a little girl of my own to dress and doll up Hehe. I’m sure it would be such a blast to go shopping for clothing with her, especially since I am such a shopaholic! What I liked about the store we passed by is that while their selection was more grown-up like compared to clothing I had to wear when I was younger, it wasn’t too mature looking for young girls to pre-teens. In my opinion, it was just the right kind of style for their generation.
Unfortunately for me, I only have a son with four legs to pamper and spoil for now!!!Read More