Grateful for Warm Tea

Processed with RookieLast week I was grateful for the air conditioning units in my classroom. This week, I am grateful for something warm. Yes, the temperatures have dropped that much – especially in my room! As my space is north facing, no sun comes through the windows during the day and, with the lowering of temperatures outside, the space is not warmed up at all.

Because the heating in the school has not yet been turned on, my students and myself wear our sweaters. And if the children do not have sweaters, they wear their jackets. It is at that time of year when it is warmer to be outside than it is inside. We definitely look forward to when the furnance is turned on.

In the meantime, I warm myself from the inside by drinking tea from my thermos. My bottle of water remains untouched as my body craves something warm to drink. I am wondering whether I should take another thermos of tea to drink instead. Brr!

This week I am grateful for warm tea – and the occasional cup of coffee – to warm me while working in my classroom.

What have you been grateful for this week? Share your post in the comments below.

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Park Bench

Time spent on a park bench in early November allows one to admire the foliage of the surrounding trees. During the past week with the warmer temperatures, many have taken advantage of the inviting benches to soak in some sun and admire the colours of Autumn.

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A park bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I may not sit on the bench, but I do admire the scenery as I pass by.

Do you enjoy sitting on a park bench to admire the scenery?

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(This post was inspired by Jude’s Bench Challenge. This month she asks us to share tbenches with a message or aurumnal theme.)

Coat Closet

Temperatures are dropping outside and the days are getting colder. The time has come for me to open the closet in our hall and reach for the warm jackets, scarves and hats.

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The Coat Closet. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

At the moment I am wearing lighter jackets but am prepared to pull on the heavier coat when the temperatures drop even more.

Have you had to open your coat closet?

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(This post was inspired by Hugh’s Photo Challenge. The prompt this week is: What’s in the cupboard?)

A Walk through the Park

Last week we had snow falling gently for over a day. Luckily we escaped a blizzard – but we did not escape the cold. The dropping temperatures forced us to dress in warm winter gear while still in the middle of Fall. Even though the temperatures were lower, I did enjoy the sight of fresh snow on the ground. The day after the snowfall, I had the chance to walk in a nearby park and thought I would take you with me.

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Stepping out in the snow. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The snow that had been sprinkled on the ground suited the almost bare trees:

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A snow-filled scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

There is a small brook running through the park and I have always loved the sight of it surrounded by white.

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A small brook. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The angled branches hanging over the water does lend atmosphere to the scene, I think.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The snow fell consistently for over a day but did not manage to cover every nook and cranny of the rocks found in the park.

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A winter park scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I walked past the children’s playground, I saw that it was empty. Visitors had not yet come to disturb the virgin snow.

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A winter park scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I noticed that not all trees and bushes have lost their leaves – a sign that we are still in the autumnal season.

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Fall leaves. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I walk past this bench, I do not sit down to pause awhile. The temperatures werebelow zero and I needed to keep moving to be warm.

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A park bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I noticed the sun setting behind the trees and could not help thinking how pretty it was.

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Setting sun. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As I left the park, I noticed a group of children tobogganing down the slope. They looked like they were having a lot of fun.

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A winter scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoy walking on the snow – especially when not many have yet walked in it. I love the silence of the surroundings and the sound of my feet crunching the snow. Temperatures are warmer today and rain is forecast. I know, however, that I will have another opportunity to experience white winter scenes.

walking-logoDo you enjoy walking in the park after it has snowed?

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(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk)

Familiar Streets

On Saturday I was walking down streets I have walked down for years in all types of weather. What I enjoy most about this time of year is the beauty of the Fall trees.

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A quiet neighbourhood street. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I enjoy the blanket of leaves that fall on the ground and do not mind at all that they have not been swept up.

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Falling leaves. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

We have had many windy days and I am saddened to see that some trees are almost leafless.

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A leafy street. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And yet many trees are still ablaze with colour even though their branches are not full.

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A blazing sight. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The blaze of colour mixed in with the green is a sight I enjoy seeing: so much so that I look up as I pass by.

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Look up! © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Even though I walk these streets many times, each time I enjoy the sights before me.

Do you enjoy seeing the colour of Fall in your neighbourhood streets?

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(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk. Head on over and see other walks that you can take.)

Creating with Fall Leaves

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Materials for Art Activity. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have a student ECE working with me in my room at the moment doing her practice. A couple of days ago she planned an activity to do with the interested children in the class: she wished to create a panel depicting a forest of trees. She laid out a large strip of paper in the corridor and invited those who were interested to come and create. They were to use markers to draw the trees – and anything else that came to their mind. Craft glue was provided so that they could glue onto the trees the leaves that had been gathered outside.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The children got to work creating their forest. Imaginations soared as flowers and birds were represented among the Fall trees. As usual, chatter occurred while the student ECE encouraged them in their endeavors. The resulting trees were reminiscent of those that are currently outside, brilliant in colour and variety. The panels are now posted in the corridors outside of the classroom for children to admire as they walk past. These panels will be a reminder to the class that the season we are currently experiencing is Autumn, and that one of the signs of the season is the changing colours of the leaves.

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A tree covered with leaves. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Children enjoy creating and many in my class enjoyed the experience of using dried leaves as one of the available materials.

Would you enjoy creating with dried leaves?

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(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special. Head on over and have a look at others’ entries.)