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.