Last week Friday, we completed the Holiday Door for our classroom. The children this year were very eager to participate and worked hard on their colouring.Our door is a combination of Christmas with the Santa theme, and Hanukkah. To make the wreath, the children traced their hands and then cut it out. The little elves on the door (which were coloured in and cut out by the children) have each child’s face in it.
The door may look busy but I love the way it looks. It is one of the first things I see when I enter the school and it always makes me smile. It is the perfect way to begin my day.
With Halloween coming closer, I decided to decorate my classroom door to get into the spirit of the day. Taking down my boxes, I took out some webbing which I thought could hide a spider. The “Do Not Enter” tape was perfect to add to an aura of spookiness. An inspiring thought led me to getting the children to make ghosts containing their own faces.
The children and I love our door. I will be sorry to take down the door decorations next week after 31 October.
During our trip to Paris, I wanted my family to see a castle and took them to see the Chateau de Vincennes on the edge of Paris. The last time I visited the building, it was in ruins. In recent years, the site has been fixed using traditional methods.
After passing through the huge entrance doorway, we walked in the courtyard to the ticket office. We passed a number of doors that were more modern but were surrounded by brickwork that was from an age long gone.
We were able to walk up to the wall of the castle and visit some of the rooms that had been opened. The doorway to the worn stairs was small and covered by a wooden door.
The doors leading to the prison were interesting. They were made of wood but had a steel front. The doors made me think of those shows I enjoy watching that are set in the past – or even of the fantasy world in The Game of Thrones.
The last stop of our visit was the chapel on the premises. One would assume the church would be small but this Gothic building dominated the people entering it.
Our trip to the castle was interesting and even though I had previously visited, I saw a lot more this time round than I had seen on my last trip.
Have you seen the doors at the Chateau de Vincennes?
Every year in March at our school we have our own carnaval based on the winter carnival that takes place in Quebec City. The parents and teachers plan activities for the day to celebrate school spirit and the fact that we have passed the halfway mark of winter. Part of the tradition is to decorate our classroom doors. This year the SNA (special needs assistant) that is in my room came up with this wonderful idea. I let her run with it. We loved our door and the children were very proud of it.
The school carnival was a day of fun and it was sad to take down our lovely door decorations.
Have you celebrated the winter carnival in Quebec City?
Last week Friday, my class and I walked around the school to look at the doors that had been decorated for the Holidays. Some doors the children admired greatly, others they claimed were made by cheaters (they did not appreciate lights attached to the door), while some were boring. Have a look and decide for yourself.
We enjoyed our walk and cast our votes. The children, of course, thought their door was still the best 🙂
This year I decided to decorate my classroom door in the spirit of the Holidays. This year I have only one child who does not celebrate Christmas so the children’s vote was overwhelmingly in favour of Santa coming down the chimney. I thought to add Christmas stockings on the mantle and some garlands. My SNA (Special Needs Assistant) added a few Christmas presents and a tree.
We love our door and have had many compliments from children who pass by. I encouraged other teachers to join in and now our hallways look very festive.
This Christmas not only have our principals organised a beautiful Christmas tree for our school, they have also encouraged some grade 5 girls to decorate the office door. I love it! The theme on the door is, of course, penguins. I wonder where they found the penguin wrapping paper?
The festive sight gives plenty of joy to visitors, teachers, and the children in the school. It certainly makes one look forward to the festive season.