Grateful For Flowers

Yesterday I received a beautiful gift of flowers from the parents as a thank you for the work I have done with the children during the year. As I looked at the predominantly purple flowers (my student knows me well!), I could not help but smile at the beauty of the bouquet.

While I spent time arranging the flowers in vases yesterday afternoon, I could not help but be grateful for the gift. Not only do the flowers brighten up my living room, they are also a reminder to me that the parents appreciate the work that I have done with their children.

What are you grateful for this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is part of my weekly gratitude reflection. You are welcome to join in and share your post in the comments.)

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Grateful for Mid-Week Get Together

This week I got together with a friend of mine who lives quite a distance from me and who was prepared to drive down to the city to attend a bookish event with me. I had told her about my experiences and she was keen to join me. On Wednesday, the book launch of debut author Roselle Lim, writer of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, became the reason we chose to meet up and spend an evening away from home.

The event was held at an independent bookstore that I had never before visited, so I was curious to see the venue. I loved the sign placed outside the store front and felt welcomed before I had even entered the shop.

A number of people had already arrived and soon the bookstore was buzzing with even more patrons. Roselle Lim was nervous, as any debut writer would be, but she smiled graciously as she welcomed those who were there to support her.

She read an extract from her novel and I wish she could have spoken a bit about her writing experience and the inspiration for her story. First time nerves maybe?

Anyway, my friend and I enjoyed the outing together. We sipped a glass of wine, chatted a little, and enjoyed the ambience of the environment. This week I am grateful for the excuse of a book event to meet up with my close friend. Together we will now read the novel we had signed by the author – which will lead to a number of texts flying between us, I am sure.

What are you grateful for this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is part of my weekly gratitude reflection. You are welcome to join in and share your post in the comments.)

Youth Arts Program Exhibition

This year both of my daughters submitted their art work to the Youth Arts Program for the exhibition that takes place every year at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. On Monday evening we attended the opening event. Even though the wind was extremely strong, we bundled up and took the journey to Queen’s Park. It was not hardship for me to do this as I want to support my children in all their efforts in order to encourage them in the pursuit of their dreams. It is a big step for them to put their art out into the world – especially my younger daughter who is not as confident as her big sister.

After the speech given by the First Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, we had the opportunity to look at all the art on display. The art comes from all over Ontario and is produced by children ages 12 – 18. There is some really good art on display. Of course I could not help but smile when I saw my daughters’ work.

Abstract Art by my Eldest Daughter. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

My eldest daughter was disappointed when she saw her art work was placed upside down. She was pleased, however, at having her work displayed in the Legislative Assembly for all visitors to see.

A piece created with markers and pencil. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

My youngest daughter does beautiful work with ink. This was the first time she has submitted work for any event and I was very proud of her courage to do so this year. She was also beaming to see her work on display.Monday evening saw both my husband and I smiling. We are so grateful that our children have the opportunity to shine.

What are you grateful for this week? And what has made you smile?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is part of my weekly gratitude reflection and is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge.)

Grateful for Classroom Space

Yesterday was the first day of the school academic year and, as I walked into my work space, I felt a sense of satisfaction. The room was ready to receive my students: everything was neatly laid out and the room was not cluttered. The space was ready to come to life with young children’s bodies and the presentation of their work.

The first day of school went well. The students’ presence has not yet impacted on the room; but that will come with time. This week I am grateful to have a pleasant space to work in with my students as the classroom environment, I believe, does have a subtle effect on behaviour and learning.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Picture Book

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a Beginning Teachers set of talks organised by the Toronto District School Board. My mentee was unable to attend but I decided to go anyway. I always learn some nugget of information on days like this. In addition, it was a good opportunity to connect with other teachers. I attended a session on play in the Early Years as I will still be teaching grade 1 and 2 in the upcoming year. I also want to improve on my guided reading practice, so I attended a session on this as well.

What I appreciated most from the day, though, was the gift each person received on their arrival – a picture book. Often the books are in English and I cannot use them but this year we received one in English and one in French. The English one I exchanged with someone for the French so I will be able to give my mentee a token from the day. I love the book I received – and I am sure the children will too. I already have an idea of how I am going to extend it. 🙂

A French Picture Book. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

This week I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the series of talks but, more especially, I am grateful for the gift of a French picture book.

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Grateful for Husband’s Cooking

As you know, my husband was away for a month. As a result, I was the one to do all the cooking – every day. On Friday my husband came back home and this weekend he took the opportunity to cook. As you can imagine, I was pleased to take a break from the kitchen. For dinner, he cooked a few dishes of stir-fried vegetables (one which was an experiment as he had not cooked it before) which we then ate with rice. As we feasted on his meal, we enjoyed the flavours he had created. As my daughter said, we had missed eating his vegetable dishes with rice.

This week I am grateful for my husband’s return home. I am also grateful that he is still willing to take a turn at cooking over the weekend in order to give me a break.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for IMAX Showing

As a teacher, I was invited by the Ontario Science Centre to a viewing of their new IMAX films: Pandas and Oceans: Our Blue Planet. The event took place last week Wednesday evening after the Science Centre had closed for the day. Once I had checked in and the doors to the cinema had opened, I found a seat and settled in to experience an IMAX film for the first time.

What an experience! Not only was the documentary interesting, but the experience too was astounding. I felt like I was in the mountainous forests in China, and in the depths of the ocean. The experience was unlike anything I had ever seen.

This week I am grateful for the teacher opportunity given to me by the Ontario Science Centre. Next year when I am planning my Science units, I will definitely have a look to see what times these films are showing. I think my students would love the experience.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for a Chance to Garden

I was lucky enough to receive 40 plants from the Canadian Wildlife Federation for my class to plant in the school garden. We were so happy to receive the flowers and we enjoyed them in the classroom for a week before we planted them.

Last Friday, my class and I took the shovels that parents had lent us and set out to spread the compost another parent had organised. The children took turns digging up the soil and mixing in the rich compost. I loved seeing them take turns, and getting their hands dirty. I could see who was used to gardening, and who lived in an apartment and therefore never had the opportunity to do some gardening. Each child had the chance to place a couple of plants in the soil: I showed them how to dig a hole big enough for the plant and pat the soil around it. While some children were planting, the others were occupied playing with the soil and building structures with the empty containers.

This week I am grateful for the plants I received from the Canadian Wildlife Federation as it gave both myself and my class a chance to do some gardening (the last time I did this activity was when I was living in my house in South Africa).

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Unexpected Gift

A couple of weeks ago one of my parents gifted me with some money to buy something I need for the classroom. Without hesitation, I knew what I would purchase – a copy of the book I had wanted for a while now: Iggy Peck l’Architecte by Andrea Beaty. I will use this story as a springboard for the final task in my Structures inquiry. It is the perfect tale to show the children the design process that I will take them through.This week I am grateful for the generosity of a parent who wants to give to her child’s class. The purchase of this picture book will not only help enrich her son’s learning, but the learning of many children in the future.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Grateful for Thank You Card

When I arrived home on Monday I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me on the table: snail mail that wasn’t a bill or a statement. The envelope was small and a light coloured brown. I could see from the paper that the envelope contained a card of some sort. When I opened it, I saw that inside was a Thank You card thanking me for presenting at the OLA Super Conference. Reading the card warmed my heart and made me smile.

This week I am grateful for receiving a short note which reminds me that my efforts were appreciated.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018