Weekend Coffee Share: A Long Weekend

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would tell you that the weather this week has improved by many degrees. Thursday and Friday were so mild that it felt like spring! Much of the snow has melted and the fields were covered in puddles. Of course the children at school came in from recess with their pants and jackets soaked! Saturday the temperatures dropped a little (but not too much) and this stopped the meltdown. It is still pleasant outside though.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have started my structures inquiry with my class. Traditionally the children enjoy this part of the year – especially once we get the subtraction skill sorted. They enjoy building with blocks and learning about the design process. I began this week by teaching them the vocabulary for 2D and 3D shapes – they love playing the bingo and memory game that I have created.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little with my class. We don’t do anything too big as I do not really like to emphasize the commercial aspect of this day. I feel that if you love someone, you show them everyday. In class, we talked a bit about the love they have for their parents, their siblings, and their friends. At the end of the day, the children had their snack (sent in by the parents) and watched a Valentine’s programme. Thereafter they handed out the cards that they had brought in for their classmates. I was not forgotten and I received many well wishes.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday was the start of the new lunar calendar. This year is the Year of the Dog. Last night, my family and I celebrated the beginning of the Chinese New Year with a meal. My husband cooked while I made the sweet treat for afterwards. My family and I are going out for a meal this evening to celebrate my sons’s birthday at a restaurant that my husband and I have not yet been to. I will let you know what it is like. We don’t normally go out on a Sunday night but, as tomorrow is a public holiday, we are taking advantage. I am going to enjoy the long weekend this weekend – it will give me another day to rest.

Enjoy your upcoming week and see you next weekend.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

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23 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: A Long Weekend

  1. I’m interested in how you teach your classes, the second paragraph of the structures inquiry has my interest piqued – what is structures inquiry? I’m not an educator, and that said, my Social Entrepreneurship programme ALP last year was An Exploration of the Effects of Interdisciplinary Collaboration on the Academic Performance of Learners and Professional Development of Teachers(in South Africa). It’s by no means an exhaustive exploration and it was very high-level. So, I am keenly interested in other countries’ education systems, specifically about the teachers’ perspective.

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    1. The focus here in Ontario, Canada, has been to teach children through inquiry which is exploration and finding answers to questions they pose. I teach young children in a French Immersion school so the inquiry is very basic. When teaching older grades, the research aspect of the inquiry gets more meaty.

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  2. Hello. If we were having coffee, I would tell you about the amount of snow we are having. I would tell you what our daughter is learning about in school. I would tell you about the great fudge that I made for the family for Valentine’s Day. About the upcoming spring and the planting of the gardens. I would tell you about all the black dirt in the compost bins.

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    1. In what part of the world are you having so much snow? Our days have become mild and most of our snow has melted. Today it is raining and tomorrow’s rain will probably wash away the rest. I cannot say that I am sad to see it go – I am a little tired of winter weather 🙂 I am looking forward to spring and seeing all the flowers people will plant in their gardens.

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  3. Hi Colline! If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I had a great week. I watched my granddaughters on Monday while my daughter-in-law worked (she only works one day a week). I read to my granddaughter’s pre-school class on Tuesday. On Wednesday I had the 10-month-old granddaughter so my daughter-in-law could have an afternoon with the 4-year-old. Thursday was a free day. Friday I helped set up for our community’s “Go for the Gold” dinner which was catered. Saturday our son and his family surprised us by coming over with dinner and an evening of enjoyable family time. Sunday our good friends and neighbors came over for a visit. It was a busy week, but one filled with joy. This week has started off on a different path, however. We awoke to find our 14-month-old refrigerator had died during the night. Have a great week, Colline.

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  4. It must be so lovely celebrating Valentine’s Day with your students. At their age, love must have such fresh connotations and a sense of innocence. (Then again, perhaps all love should have those two elements.)

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