Currently Listening: Wand Fasted

Currently I am listening to a novel I have previously enjoyed: Wand Fasted by Laurie Forest. My intention is to listen to all of the audiobooks of the series before the next book is available in June.

I am enjoying this revisit of a story and characters that I have previously enjoyed.

What are you currently listening to?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

School Closures in Ontario

Yesterday evening I was made aware of breaking news: that the schools in Ontario would be shut down for two weeks after March Break to help fight the spread of COVID-19. I was shocked to learn of this decision as there had been no lead-up at all to the decision.

Today is the last day of school before March Break – our week off school before the final stretch of the academic year. I am sure parents are currently scrambling to find daycare for their kids due to the extra two weeks they will be at home. My hope is that companies will not punish parents who need to stay at home. It would be unfair if parents were forced to take leave, or lose a paycheck.

The caretaking staff at the schools are going to take this time to sanitise the environment in addition to the cleanup they usually do doing the Break. I am hoping that the closure doesn’t extend past two weeks – and that they will work. I do not really want to spend more time away from my students.

Has the advent of the COVID-19 virus affected you in any way?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Reading Goal 2020

I enjoy setting a reading goal for myself as it helps to focus my reading and to keep track of how many books I actually read during the year. Last year my goal was 100 books and I managed to read a total of 116. I decided to keep my goal at 100 as my intention is this year to read a few books over 500 pages.

I am planning to focus on the Fantasy genre. Last year I read a number of Fantasy stories after many years and I re-discovered my love of this style. In focusing on these types of stories, I am hoping to not only read Young Adult novels but Adult ones as well.

I shall be keeping track of my reads on two spaces: Goodreads and the Harper Collins Book Pledge. I would love it if you could connect with me in that space, especially if you enjoy reading the same genre of books that I do. My name is : Colline Vinay Kook-Chun. In addition, I will share my reviews on my blog as I have done within the last two years. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to add to my reviews that would help you with the choice of your next read.

I look forward to an enjoyable year of reading and to immersing myself in the stories of new (to me) authors.

Have you set a reading goal for 2020? If so, share your reading goals in the comments.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

Weekend Coffee Share: After the Vacation

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that during this week my mind would often think back to the heat that I had experienced while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. We had a number of cold days during this past week and I did not want to experience them! Everyone is sad to see the summer go – though the children are excited for Halloween.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that as I was away for a week, my classroom is not yet decorated for Halloween so this week I will spend some time decorating. The children do enjoy seeing the skeletons up and the pumpkins covering the surfaces. I am not as excited for the day as they are but, because I teach younger children, I do make the effort for them. I have some activities planned for them which I know my classes in the past have enjoyed.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the following week is one in which I will be preparing to write the first report cards of the academic year. Every year I find that this task is set too early on in the year: we have not done enough to truly know the child’s capabilities and we are just getting used to one another. In addition, we are not given time in which to write them so that means a lot of after-school time is used. My plan is to start doing a little bit everyday so that I am not doing the writing last minute.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I attended a Harper Collins event this week with a friend of mine. We went to see the film PS I Love You as the sequel to the novel has recently been released by the publishing house.

I enjoyed seeing the film and eating buttery popcorn. What I enjoyed even more, though, was the company of my friend. We had a coffee before the screening, and had some time to chat afterwards as well.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it was very easy for me to get back into my routine after a week’s vacation. The days now will proceed as usual for the time of year. The days are getting cooler and shorter; and the leaves are falling from the trees.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to have a good week. And if you are living in Canada, don’t forget to vote tomorrow as every vote counts and can make a difference.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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

When I Was Young …

PHOTO PROMPT © Valerie J. Barrett

Visiting the museum with Gerald was always such a risk. So far, though, the day had been all that she had wanted and planned. The group had seen some beautiful paintings; the children had been interested in the artifacts unearthed by archaeologists in central Europe; lunch had been surprisingly tasty; and no-one had wanted to cut the visit short due to boredom. They all moved down to the basement to look at the exhibit labelled “Though the Ages”. In front of the first exhibit, she held her breath. Predictably Gerald began, “When I was young …” Everyone groaned!

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

Cover Reveal: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Today Josie Jaffrey, an independent author of Young Adult dystopian stories, has revealed the cover for her third book in the Sovereign Series.

I have read the first two books in the series – The Gilded King and The Silver Queen (click on the titles for my reviews) and loved them.

I am eager to read the culmination of the story and to find out what happens to my favourite characters.

What do you think of the cover for the third book?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Music Monday: Daddy by Psy

As I sit here thinking of a song to share with you, one keeps swirling in my mind. This song came up in our conversation at the table last night and hasn’t left my head since. The song? Daddy by Psy:

The song came up in conversation as my husband was curious to know whether he had had any other hot songs after Gangham Style. My daughter’s were able to tell him a couple of hits. Myself? I only know of this song as it is one I dance sometimes with one of my Zumba instructors.

I guess it helps having young instructors – they tend to move towards the more modern music 🙂

What song do you have in your head today?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

A Family Vacation: Paris, France

The time has arrived for our family vacation and in a few hours we will be taking a plane to Paris France. We have been saving a long time for this trip and have itched to get on the plane since we bought the tickets. We have read about the city, and planned the sights that we wish to see. Bags have been packed, and Canadian Dollars have been changed for Euros. As we lock the door to our home and walk away for 2 weeks, I leave with the knowledge that my days will be spent as a tourist. Blogging will take a back seat, and will probably be non-existent. I will, however, share moments with you when I get back from our trip. Until then, Au Revoir. 🙂

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Song Lyric Sunday: Hey Brother by Avicii

Mention the word ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ and one immediately thinks of siblings. It is not often that siblings are mentioned in songs but in Hey Brother by Avicii, both a brother and sister are mentioned.
The song emphasises that blood is thicker than water and that no matter what, and no matter how far he is, the singer will help his siblings.
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! Do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
Hey brother! There’s an endless road to rediscover
Hey sister! Do you still believe in love? I wonder
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
What if I’m far from home?
Oh brother, I will hear you call!
What if I lose it all?
Oh sister, I will help you out!
Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do
The sense one gets when listening to this song is that this person has an overwhelming love for his brother and sister. It is an wonderful thing to see, especially when there are so many siblings out in the world who have no time for one another. When I look at my children I see that they all get on well together. I am hoping that their relationship stays strong during their entire lifetime.
 (Songwriters: Ash Pournouri / Salem Al Fakir / Tim Bergling / Veronica Maggio / Vincent Fred Pontare)
IMG_1345Would you do anything for your sibling?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Helen. The theme this week is brother/sister.)

Playtime Structure

This year I have a group of three grade 1s who are focused when working and finish their tasks ahead of everyone. From time to time I give them the opportunity to play with the blocks, and each time they build something intricate. Last week Friday I captured the beginnings of one of their structures.

Soon I will give them the opportunity to build for our Science inquiry. I look forward to seeing what they can build with the blocks and materials I will offer them in class.

Black-&-White-BannerDo you know anyone who enjoys building with blocks?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Cee’s Black and White Photo challenge. The topic this week is Structure.).