Saturday, February 21, 2009

ON VACATION

Finally. The long-awaited vacation is arrived. I know I need a vacation when I'm completely out of creative ideas to use in my classes. The essence of teaching little kids is to constantly have new, fun, creative games that use the language you're learning. When I started playing the same game with my CE1 day after day, I knew I needed a break.

Surprise enormous hit English lesson of the year? Making Valentine's Day cards! The kids loved it. I printed out teddy bears and hearts and flowers for them to color and glue to the cards, and inside we wrote some words in English. The kids were so excited to do this that they were silent the entire class. The only words they spoke were to ask if I thought they had colored something nicely or if they could go get another teddy bear to add to the card. Amazing.

The best part? I came out the big winner! I got six cards! If I think of it I'll take some pictures and post them.

Tomorrow my parents are supposed to come. I say supposed to because in Michigan they are having very heavy snowfall right now. They are expecting seven inches total at a rate of one to two inches an hour. I'm hoping their plane won't be delayed by too much. They are supposed to take off in four hours, so let's keep our fingers crossed. We'll spend the beginning of the week in Paris, then head out to Amboise, which will be our base for exploring the chateaux of the Loire Valley. The're only here for a week, and then I will be exploring Avignon, Arles, and Nice for the second week of vacation.

Man am I glad to be on vacation! I love my kids but I definitely need a break to recharge my batteries.

9 comments:

Leesa said...

Have a GREAT vacation-- well deserved! Hope your folks are able to make it over without any delays...
Hey... I found a bagel sandwich place in Montparnasse we'll have to try the next time you come to Paris...
Take care, Leesa

Jennie said...

And I go back to work on Monday! My vacation is already (nearly) over. :(

I hope your parents make it out of Michigan without too much trouble. My mom emailed me this morning just to tell me they're getting 6 inches today.

I really liked Avignon and Arles, but I haven't been to Nice yet. Going in May though!

shannon said...

Fingers are crossed that the make it to France okay!

Have fun in the Loire Valley! I really liked what I saw of it over two years ago (wow... has it really been that long already??). I went to Amboise four years ago as well, and it is a really cute little town. The chateau there is quite pretty. Have a good week!!

Amanda said...

You also, have a wonderful vacation! :-)

Katie said...

I'm just starting my vacation as well! I'm soo happy I need it! Have a great time with your parents. I wish mine were coming to visit :(.

au soleil levant said...

Thanks guys! Luckily the snow wasn't as bad as they were anticipating so they got here mostly on time. So far so good, have eaten lots of good food! Hope you all continue to enjoy/will enjoy/enjoyed your vacations!

Leesa said...

Glad to hear it! Having a nice last week of vacation.. Enjoy the time with your folks...

Leese

Zhu said...

Oh, I understand you! Sometimes, you just need a break.

Glad your parents made it fine, the snow can be a real pain.

Rose said...

Ok you can come back now.