Last weekend families in many parts of the world celebrated Mother’s Day. To be honest, the day was similar to what I have experienced since we were asked to stay at home. This year we could not go out, and my family could not go shopping for flowers and treats. My daughters, however, did not let the day go by without giving me the gifts that they had made for me.
My youngest drew a picture of me reading on the sofa – a sight that is frequently seen in my home. In addition, she animated it (I am unable to post the animated version here). Her digital portrait of me still makes me smile. I love it so much that it is my new profile picture for my Instagram account. 🙂
Good morning to you and welcome on this sunny day. Yesterday the day was bright and the temperatures a lot warmer than we have had. The air coming through the windows today is a little cooler – but at least we can still see the sun shine. 🙂
If we were having coffee, I would the week began with news that we had almost expected – the school board delayed, once again, the decision on where the school is going to be located next year. The result? Two more teachers have decided to leave and have found positions elsewhere. We are sad to see them go but we can understand why they have made the decision to leave. Maybe we will know next week what the decision is to be regarding the school?
Mid-week I had the opportunity to spend some time outside when I attended a workshop at an Outdoor Education facility. I was introduced to a number of ideas on taking inquiry outside; and was inspired by the motivational speaker. The best part? I spent time outside in a piece of forest that exists in the city. I wrote about my experience in more detail when describing my Weekly Smile. (You can read the post here).
On Thursday we had the Shoestring Opera come to the school to present an adaptation of the opera Carmen. The children loved the interactive theatre – and I enjoyed listening to the music. Carmen is, after all, my favourite opera.
The story appealed to the children as the storyline was one they understood – a new girl in a new school and the experience she has on her first day.
On Friday I definitely felt the expression TGIF! I am feeling tired even though it is the final hurdle before the Summer break. I am starting to think about report cards and am sorting out my students writing and reading abilities. But on Friday, we were not thinking of report cards. Instead the school participated in a school wide activity for Jump Rope for Heart. Our school community normally raises a substantial amount for this charity – and the kids love the activities that the gym teacher plans. The bonus was that the weather was perfect – not too hot nor too cold. It was lovely being outside and watching the children jump rope.
Saturday I woke up early to bake a cake to celebrate my youngest daughter’s sixteenth birthday. She planned to celebrate her day with her friends and I had plenty to do organising the food and cleaning our place. My husband went off to Chinatown to buy spring rolls and the dumplings while I chopped the vegetables and cooked noodles. My daughter had a wonderful lunch and afternoon with her friends. I will make a special meal for her later on in the week on her actual birthday.
During the week I prepared Mother’s Day gifts with the children in my class for their mothers. I collected the glass ‘petit pots’ that my yogurt comes in, bought some beads, and made sure I had enough glue sticks for my glue gun. I worked with two children at a time and guided them to create and decorate a pencil holder for their moms.
Not only was the gift pretty and useful but making it also encouraged the children to work on their hand-eye co-ordination and to strengthen their fingers.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is time to go. My children are kicking me out the living room so they can get lunch ready for Mother’s Day. If you are a Mom, enjoy your day. And if not, I hope you get to spend the day with your mother.
One word that people have used to describe me in the past is the word “reader”. As a child, I was called a bookworm (“Bennie bookwurm” in particular after a popular Afrikaans TV show character) as I often had my nose in a book. I was a voracious reader and would spent many hours alone in the world that had been created by a range of authors. Now, as an adult, the childhood habit of reading has not changed. A book is always with me, ready to be opened and read. Now, however, my opportunities to read are sandwiched in between the responsibilities I have towards my own family. I read while waiting for the children to finish their swimming lesson. I read while on the bus to work. I read while waiting at a dental or doctor’s office. I snatch time in between household chores; or during my lunch hour. Even now I still enjoy a good read, and an author to take me to new places.
For Mother’s Day, I received a perfect gift from my husband and girls: an iPad mini. My husband decided on this, as opposed to an eReader, so that I could access the internet when I am away from my computer in addition t reading. I have not done much surfing on the internet using my iPad, but I have experienced reading a book electronically. Once I had downloaded the necessary App and figured out how to borrow a book from my local library, I began reading and enjoying the thrill of the eBook.
And what an experience it has been. A quick flick of the finger, and I am on the next page. Pages are easily bookmarked so when I open the App, I am on the page I was busy reading. In addition, my iPad is a lot lighter than a physical book – and takes up a lot less space in my purse or bag. In the time since I have received this gift, not only have I been absorbed by the story I am reading, but also by the experience of reading a book I have borrowed online. All of my browsing and choosing has been done in the comfort of my home sitting on the sofa.
Reading from the iPad does take a little getting used to. Shining lights do reflect on the screen at times requiring me to tilt the gadget a little. Often the pages switch landscape if I tilt the tablet a little too much, making me aware of the way in which I hold whatever it is I am reading. But I am enjoying the lightness, and the ease with which I can read in this format. Will I forgo the physical feel and scent of a real book? I do not think so. There are be certain books I will still want to be able to flip backwards and forwards while I am reading (I am thinking in particular of non-fiction books). However, I am easily converted to reading fiction on my electronic device.
Have you switched to reading books electronically?