Monday, 15 December 2014

A Christmas Conversation
I love this time of the year. Not because I get a truckload of gifts from my students :) , but because there is so much joy in the air!

I know I haven't posted for a very long while. I have two very good excuses, I promise!

Excuse #1: I am moving schools, but still teaching Prep. This has meant a lot of packing and carting stuff home. I then have to re-cart everything into my new classroom next year! I can't do it slowly over the holidays because of construction happening in my new classroom. 

Excuse #2: I've been relaxing  in Fiji with my husband for the past week. Cue obligatory photo:

 Now for the Christmas Conversation:

Most are self-explanatory. 
My "Tradition" happens at home, not at a carols by candlelight event, like Church etc.
 In my family growing up we always brought out all the presents on Christmas Eve and put them around the tree. We then turned off all house lights and turned on all Christmas lights and candles. We would sit around the tree singing carols till late into the night. Now, I'm married so Christmas Eve is spent listening to carols at home snuggled on the couch with my husband. But, when we have children I am definitely going to keep my childhood tradition alive.

Link up with Abby, from The Inspired Apple to share your Christmas Conversations.

Till next time, 
Stay joyful and Merry Christmas!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Writing Prompts

I'll be honest - this post was meant to be written a while ago. Life, and by life I mean teaching/school, got real busy!

In Australia, we are finishing up for the school year, saying goodbye to our current bunch of students. Marveling at the wonderful things they can do now that they couldn't back in term 1. Like write a full sentence that actually makes some sense :)

I whipped out some of my Christmas Writing Prompts to make use of their wonderful writing skills, as well as get them to reflect on Christmas in more depth. The pack has flashcard style prompts for free writing or brainstorming on the carpet, as well as journal pages to guide their writing.

First we used the "Meaning of Christmas" page. Here are some of their answers:

He wrote, "Getting presents. Jesus birthday."
She wrote, "Because we need to celebrate Jesus' birthday."
She wrote, "Because it is Jesus' birthday on Christmas."

A few days later I asked them, "What do you do on Christmas day?"
 She said, "I celebrate my birthday." Which is true, her birthday is Christmas Eve.
This girl said, "I woke up early and sometimes I go to Japan and we have fun there and there is even snow." Wishing we had a white Christmas here in Australia.
"I go to the beach."  
Yup, let's face it, I can dream of a white Christmas all I want, but this is what I'll be doing come Christmas day.

Speaking of all things Christmas. Check out this gift I got from a student today. Its a Darrell Lea Christmas Coconut Nougat Pudding. Divine.
I took a picture of me holding it for perspective - look how big that thing is!

Yum! Lucky I have a major sweet tooth!!

Stay joyful :)