Weekend Coffee Share: A Short Week

Weekend Coffee Share | Nerd in the Brain (4)Good morning everyone. Hope you are well this Saturday. It is gloomy outside and walking about the streets requires an umbrella today. Not the perfect weather but at least it is warmer than it was in the beginning of the week.

This week it was FREEZING in my classroom – so cold I was tempted to wear my gloves to keep my hands warm. It felt warmer outside even though the temperatures outside weren’t too high either. The second week of April is when the heating is switched off in the school and the next few weeks will not be pleasant until the building warms up naturally. In the meantime even the children are wearing sweaters – and the tissue box is handy.

On Monday night our Zumba instructor was unable to teach – and they could not get a substitute. Instead we had a BodyAttack class – it is a high impact class featuring a lot of running and strength exercises. He said he would go easy on us. I don’t know what difficult is because the class was HARD! A good experience, even though my body ached for three days afterwards.

I was grateful that we had a short working week. I felt tired and knowing this fact kept me going strong. Yesterday I did a lot of resting and I feel much better today.

Now I am off to Zumba. I am really enjoying the classes and have reached the point where I keep hearing the music in my head. I remember when I used to dance – I would hear the music in my head and dance in my head as well. I am sure that once I know the choreography, I will be doing Zumba in my mind while I am walking, and in my  sleep!

Doing Zumba has definitely helped me with my sleep. It is rare now that I lie awake for hours in the early hours of the morning. I like that I sleep well and begin a day well-rested. When I am not tired I do have more patience with the children I teach and with my family members. I do not see myself stopping this form of exercise. And the bonus is that I do not need a partner to continue it!

After my exercise class, I will get things ready and do a little shopping for tomorrow’s dinner. I enjoy our Sunday family dinners – and the bonus will be that Monday is no school 🙂

I wish you a wonderful Easter Sunday with your family (if you celebrate this holiday). Do not eat too many of those chocolate eggs!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Nerd in the Brain)

Weekend Coffee Share: A Good Ending

Weekend Coffee Share | Nerd in the Brain (4)If we were having coffee, I would greet you with a smile on this gloomy morning. Our temperatures have been down this week. They have crept up a little in that we had rain the entire day yesterday instead of snow. It is still chilly outside and I cannot put my winter coat away yet, but at least we are experiencing one sign of Spring – rain!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my week began with a Math workshop. The session was interesting and I jotted down a few ideas to put into practice once I have completed my current inquiry with the children. I have placed the sheet with my ideas in a place of prominence on my desk so that I do not forget to follow through 🙂

This week I managed to catch up with the documentation of my students’ work. Yahoo! Now I need to work on creating a new documentation panel outside of my classroom. We have been working on adjectives in class and I intend to put up a board showcasing the writing produced by my grade 1s and 2s.

The work week ended with a school wide trip to the cinema. Under the current principal, we have a yearly tradition of going to the cinema that is a 10 minute walk from the school. This year we went to see “Boss Baby”.

Not only did the kids laugh during the movie, but the adults chuckled too. We had a fun morning eating popcorn for snack while watching the film. And the afternoon? My students were hyped on sugar (they had fruit candy and a very sweet Fruitopia drink with their popcorn at the movies) and found it difficult to focus and do much.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the school week ended well and that I woke up refreshed this morning. Today at midday I am going to try another Zumba class – I am ready to add another session to my exercise schedule. The floor space at this gym is a lot smaller than where I usually go so I am hoping that there are not too many people. While I am in the area, I will also take the opportunity to stop by the library – the pile next to my bed is almost done 🙂

Enjoy your weekend and have a fantastic week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Nerd in the Brain)

Weekend Coffee Share: March Break

Weekend Coffee Share | Nerd in the Brain (4)Ahh, good afternoon. The day has been busy so far – I have been exercising, shopping, and doing the laundry. The snow has been falling wetly outside and it is a lot chillier than I thought it would be. Now is the perfect time for a cup of coffee or tea. Which would you prefer? I think I will reach for the Cinnamon Rooibos this afternoon. I am in the mood for a little spice.

This week the school’s have been closed for March Break. There are a few people who call this week off a Spring break but, alas, it is not the correct term for it. The week began with ‘feels like’ temperatures of -17c; temperatures that encourage a person to wish that the warmer season was just around the corner!

On those cold days I spent time curled up on the sofa reading the books I had checked out of our local library; or relaxing with my feet up watching Bones on Netflix and crocheting. Even though it was cold, I did not give my Zumba class a miss – and even went to the noon one offered on a Tuesday. I am really enjoying the dance fitness exercise classes. I am getting fitter and no longer look at the clock on the wall 10 minutes into the session.

The highlight of the week was when my friend came to visit me. She lives quite a distance from where I am and therefore I do not see her very often. Seeing her was wonderful – our friendship picked up from where we had left off the last time we saw one another. It was sad to say goodbye and see her go home. We will see one another again in the Summer – three and a half months is a long time to wait!

Thursday and Friday the weather was beautiful. It was a lot warmer than it had been and the sun was shining. I took the time to go spend a few hours in my classroom. I have been wanting to sort though my cupboards and clear out the things I don’t use. I did not do everything that I wished to, but I made a head start. This morning I bought some more plastic sleeves so that as I go through the boxes of papers I have, I can file what I want to keep. It was peaceful working in my classroom and making some headway with no interruptions.

I am ready for the week to start on Monday. I will spend the rest of the weekend completing my household chores and stocking up the fridge for the week.

Hope you have a good one.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

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Weekend Coffee Share: We Had Snow!

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comGood morning to you. The snow is drifting lazily onto the ground. It is calm outside with not a breath of wind. I love it when it snows – and we have not had enough of it this winter. How about we walk outside a bit and enjoy the silent world? When we get back in, we can warm ourselves up with a hot drink.

On Friday evening, everyone walked home while the snow was falling. It was a pleasant walk as the sidewalks were not yet covered with slush. The going-home experience on Tuesday had been different. The sleet caused everyone to walk home timidly as the ice made the sidewalks slippery. Yes, I almost fell and decided not to go to my exercise class. I did not want to slip and fall in the dark streets on my way to or from the gym.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had a number of students absent this week – some were sick, some were on a sun vacation. Ah, the beach right now would be bliss! And the sun! We still haven’t had days filled with sunlight. This winter is a very dreary one: no snow to cover the concrete sidewalks; and no blue skies and sunlight.

This week I have started seeing parents to discuss their child’s progress in my class. I have spread the interviews over quite a number of days so that I do not have to see them all in one evening. The evening that has been set aside for interviews is the one on which I Zumba – and I would prefer not to miss my class.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the Parent Council at my school bought a projector for my class. I know that both the children and I are going to love it! One of my colleagues helped me set it up and showed me how to use it. We figured out how to connect it to my iPad and were astounded that we could watch YouTube on the screen as well as see all the Apps. On Friday I used the projector for the first time to show the children a video (I chose Caillou). They loved it! I think I will show them a video once a week – it will be good for their vocabulary development and listening comprehension.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I do feel tired and that I am looking forward to the long weekend coming up. The upcoming week will be a four day week but it promises to be jam-packed. Hope your week is a good one – and remember to have some time to yourself.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: A Stuffy Nose

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would greet you on yet another overcast day. According to the news, in January we had only 16 days of seeing the sun. Very dreary! I am hoping that we get to see more sunshine during the month of February. This morning, however, does not look too promising.

Last weekend I woke up on Saturday sneezing which, unfortunately, turned into a cold. Today I am still dealing with a stuffy nose. I did not feel well enough to go to Zumba on Monday night, and on Thursday I still was carrying tissues around with me. I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to pick up my exercise routine again. I missed moving to the music – though I did not miss going out into the cold in the evenings!

The last week was quite frigid. The children came in from recess with red cheeks – and I am sure my cheeks were just as cold! I had quite a few children absent during the week due to illness – on one day I had 15 children in my class. It was a very laid back day for me. 🙂

I have to tell you that this week was the second week of my crochet club at school. I still cannot believe how many children have registered. It is hard to say no to any child who wants to join as they are so keen. I saw a couple of the older girls the day before my group sessions at lunchtime and helped them a little with the stitches (sc). It was so nice to see them helping others at the Friday lunchtime session. Soon they will all understand what to do and we will all be crocheting the time away!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the corrections to my report cards have been done – there were just a few typos. Now they need to be signed, copied, and placed in envelopes. I have made appointments to start seeing parents next week. I would like to get the interviews done over the next couple of weeks so that I do not have to stay late on a Thursday night and miss my Zumba class.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am now going to make some crepes for my children for lunch. They have been asking me to make some for a couple of weeks now and I have finally mixed the batter. It has been standing for an hour and is now ready to be cooked. Enjoy your week. Hope it is not too grey!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: Report Cards are Done!

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would greet you with a smile on my face. My report cards are done! Completed on Friday afternoon after school, a week and two weekends before they are due! And I am happy to say that I did not work on them over the weekend at home. Sitting down in front of the computer and focusing helped a lot to get them done this quickly. Now I intend to contact the parents I need to see and spread out the meetings so that they are not all done at once.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that during the past week I had to take a day off as a headache turned into a migraine. I spent the day in my darkened bedroom and slept a little. It was worth taking time off as I felt so much better the next day. (So much better that I finished those report cards 🙂 !)

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I started my crochet club at school. Friday was the first session – and I was surprised at how many children showed up. More children came to sign up during the lunch session, and others asked me for forms. It was quite a challenge helping them learn to cast on and do chain stitches. Luckily my former ECE wants to learn as well and, after quickly showing her, she helped me to help the children. A few of the children ‘got it’ and many realised that it is not as easy as they thought. I encouraged them not to give up. I hope that they do not and that they come to the next session.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday my husband made a lovely dinner for us to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. My nephew came over to celebrate with us and we had a lovely evening eating and chatting. If you celebrate the start of the lunar calendar, I wish you a wonderful Year of the Rooster.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: A Fruitful Week

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would welcome you in from the wind. We have had lovely weather during the past two days – it has almost been Spring-like. The wind, however, is picking up and I can hear it howling outside of my window. I am sure that the wind will bring with it lower temperatures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that on Monday to Thursday we had indoor recess at school. The children could not go out to play because the fields were layered with ice. Keeping children inside for four days in a row is not a fun experience! They need the time to go outside, run around, and breathe in fresh air. As I passed the school this morning, I noticed that the ice had melted. Yipee! The fields may be muddy but at least the children can go out to play.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Friday was a PA day: the children did not go to school; and the teachers had the opportunity to begin working on the report cards. I entered the school at 8:30am and closed the door to my classroom at 4:30pm. The long day was worth it.

Assessing student work. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The lack of interruptions enabled me to finish my assessment of my students’ work; and to complete 85% of the report cards. I felt a sense of satisfaction as I walked home. Because I completed so much of the work on Friday, my stress level to the approaching deadline is not too high. I know that if a do a little everyday, my work will soon be done.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that on Saturday morning I made my way to Michaels, a craft store that stocks a wide range of yarn (wool). I was armed with a list of names and searched for crochet hooks and yarn to make scarves.

Yarn shopping. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

I am to start a crochet club at school next Friday. I have 12 children who have signed up so far, and others who have shown interest. The first project is a scarf which the children will wear with pride when they are done. I am hoping that I can get them to love crochet as much as I do. I am pleased to say that there are some boys who have joined. 🙂

On the way back from Michaels, I stopped off at the library to hand in my books… and I could not resist going in to browse for reading matter. I decided to pick up a few titles of some authors whose books I have previously enjoyed.

This week’s reading selection. 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to have a good week. And remember to do something for yourself.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: Winter Break

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comGood morning, and welcome. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the Winter school break has now ended and Monday we will all be back at school. And it will be cold! The weather during the first week of our break was unseasonably warm but Old Man Winter has decided that we should not forget that we are meant to experience cold weather at this time of the year!

If we were having coffee, we would chat about about what we have done during the break. I would tell you that I loved the week of Christmas. This is a time that my family are together and we have some serious downtime. We eat together, laugh together, read together, watch movies together. On Boxing Day, we always go out somewhere to do a little shopping. I avoid the malls as I am not a fan of big crowds. This year we shopped along the main street near our home – and the fellow shoppers were bearable. Bearable in that there were more shoppers than usual, but not too many that it made browsing unpleasant.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my birthday is soon after Christmas – the 27th December. It has become a family tradition that we go and eat a buffet lunch to celebrate my birthday.

I enjoyed our lunch and the time we spent eating together. Now that my children are older, we can have some interesting conversations.

After lunch, we set off for the cinema. As I am a Star Wars fan, we saw a film of my choice: Rogue One.

I do admit to being a little disappointed – I expected the story to continue from where the last film left off. (I had deliberately read nothing about the film prior to watching). I found that the film was shot too much in the dark; and that many of the battle scenes were reminiscent of the original Star Wars films.

If were were having coffee, I would tell you that I have relaxed a lot during this past week. After a visit to the library, I have immersed myself in words and enjoyed the stories of many authors. This is something that am able to do only when I am on break. The break is now over and I am spending the weekend putting away the Christmas tree, shopping for the week, and getting ready to go back to school on Monday.

Enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: It Has Begun

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would greet you with a big smile. Yes it has begun. The break to which we have been looking forward for an entire week. At school we were counting the days; at home we were counting the nights. What a relief that the Winter break has begun. Finally I am able to relax a little and recharge my energy.

Not completely though. I cannot believe that it is Christmas tomorrow. My gifts are all wrapped (last night’s task) and ready to place under the tree. After our chat, I shall head out to do some grocery shopping to buy bread, milk, fruit and vegetables. As I head out early, I will avoid the crowds and the bustle of the last-minute shoppers.

The last week at school before the break was a lot calmer than I expected. This year I got an Elf on the Shelf – and the children loved it. I named him Jean-Noel and gave him the nickname Jean-Jean. The kids loved him and looked for him every morning as they entered the class.

I placed a basket in the front of the class and they put notes in it for him. The questions they asked were answered in a daily letter I typed up for them to read. They loved that Jean-Jean knew what was going on – and that he made personal references. This is a tradition that I will repeat next year as I found that it calms them a little of their pre-Christmas excitement – and it gives them a reason to write.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that our last day of 2016 was a pyjama day. We spent the day doing circle time, attending the Holiday sing-along in the gym organised by the music teacher, and watching a movie in the gym (with popcorn included). It was a low-key day which everyone enjoyed.

A Last Day. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

If we were having coffee, I would wish you a wonderful Holiday. Enjoy your Christmas time with your family. And if you celebrate Hanukkah, I wish you the same as you begin your celebration tonight.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)

Weekend Coffee Share: One Week To Go

weekend coffee share logo hosted at parttimemonsterblog.comIf we were having coffee, I would encourage you to get out of the cold. We have had a couple of snow storms since we last spoke and the temperatures are a little frigid outside. Children have had a fun time building snowmen and snow forts over the past few days – the snow is perfect for building. Recess has been a fun time,and the children have come in from the cold red-cheeked with cold hands.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is only one more week to go until schools break up for the winter break. Everyone is looking forward to it – teachers as well as students. The children, of course, are looking forward to having Santa visit them and are waiting with excitement!

The following week at school looks to be a laid-back one with holiday sing-alongs organised by our music teacher, the showing of the film Elf on the last day of school, and a few spirit days. Experience tells me that it will be very difficult to get the children working but I will do my best. 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that all my Christmas gifts have been bought. All I need to do now is wrap them. This weekend I will buy some wrapping paper and search for my labels. I intend to finish making the gifts for my students and some of my colleagues. I participate in the Secret Santa with my fellow teachers and my intention is to complete the gift I began last weekend for the person whose name I pulled out of the hat.

The weekend will not all be about Christmas preparation, however. I do intend to relax a little on the sofa with my current read: Unsouled by Neil Shusterman. Loving the book so far! I need to finish it soon as my daughter has nearly completed the previous book in the series and will be wanting to continue reading the story. I enjoy having discussions with her on the plot and listening to her predictions. I am very careful not to give her any spoilers.

If we were having coffee, I would remind you to take a moment to relax during the hurly-burly as everyone prepares for the Holidays. Until next week.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane, The Part-Time Monster)