Grateful

Today, I am grateful. Grateful for the time I spent in the classroom this month, and the incredible memories I’ll cherish forever.

This morning, we made Christmas cards for our parents. Watching the students get their creative juices flowing was a lot of fun. I also had a chance to chat with Ms. C, who is always helpful and informative!

In the afternoon, we had a ‘party’. I am quoting that word because by any other standards, what we did was not party, per se. The students spent their time quietly chatting with each other while they snacked, and made sock snowmen. There was no loud voices, no craziness. Just a relaxed, easy going atmosphere. Ms. C has an amazing group of kids in her class!

After everyone had gone home, Ms. C, Mrs. P and I all chatted for a few minutes while we exchanged gifts and let me tell you, I felt so loved and appreciated at the end of the day. I couldn’t have asked for a better placement this year πŸ™‚

I truly hope you have something to be grateful for this season πŸ™‚

Chat soon,

~ Miss Parfitt

Tis the season!

Because we are so close to Christmas, it is rather difficult to keep 29 9 and 10 year olds occupied with academics. Luckily for the students in Ms. C’s class, we have lots of festive activities to keep them busy!!Β 

Yesterday morning, Mrs. P (CEA – not myself) and I spent an hour and a bit building mock gingerbread houses our of graham crackers and liquid sugar – could anyone ask for a better morning? Once all of the sugar has cooled and become solid, the kids were given time to decorate with icing supplied by Ms. C and their own candy, it was a wonderful afternoon πŸ™‚ They busied themselves building marshmallow fences with M&M walkways while Christmas tunes played in the background. Just another event that has solidified my career choice! πŸ˜‰

Today was very busy as well πŸ™‚ They had a math test in the morning, followed by some extensive vocabulary building: trying to think of as many words as possible within the words Merry Christmas. There’s a little friendly competition going on between myself and the students; luckily I have Ms. C and Mrs. P on my side because one of the kiddos made it to 300 words!!Β 

In the afternoon we had the dress rehearsal for our Christmas concert, which is tonight. It was so much fun to watch all of the performances! Lots of talent at that school πŸ˜‰

I can’t wait to go tomorrow and experience the excitement of the last day before Christmas holidays!Β 

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Arts and Crafts

Today was another fantastic day at my sponsor school.

I began the day by hanging all of the artwork the students made last week for my “Snowmen at Night”, I’m so proud of them!!Β 

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After that was done, we pretty much went about our day in the usual way! The students had a short book review presentation to do and that took up most of the late morning/right after lunch and then the afternoon was spent in the computer lab!

My latest assignment is to come up with a cute gift to give the parents for Christmas, so I’m off to Pinterest πŸ˜‰Β 

Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

Catch up! Nov. 28th and Dec. 5th-7th

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted!! Here’s my catch up post for the past 2 weeks πŸ™‚

So, the week of Wednesday, November 28th was our final week of class, and so we didn’t have a sponsor school visit. It was theΒ busiest andΒ most stressful week of my life. Fortunately it’s over, and I’m proud to say I made it through alive πŸ™‚ I was sick and exhausted, but alive πŸ˜‰

The following week, last week, was fantastic!! I spent 3 full days at my sponsor school and had so much fun with the students.

On Wednesday the 5th, I spent the morning with a wonderful group of kindies, and what an amazing experience that was πŸ™‚ (It’s worth noting that I went into this program fully wanting to be a kindergarten teacher, and this was my first opportunity to be with this age group!) Mrs. W (who also, by the way, was my 5th and 6th grade teacher!) was incredibly welcoming and let me get right in there with the kiddos. We started the morning with some brief story time, in which I ended up surrounded by eager ears waiting to listen to the stories, and many were even climbing onto my lap! After being in a 4/5 combined for so long, this was completely new to me, but only the beginning of the physical contact! During our time on the carpet, I had groups of 2 or 3 girls at my feet the entire time, touching my boots and holding onto the bars of the stool I was sitting on. It was incredible to feels o adored! We then moved to the tables where we learned how to make snowflakes! We reviewed how to properly hold the scissors – did you know your pointer finger ‘does not come to the party?’ You shouldn’t be using your pointer finger in the loops of the scissors! Once the kids were busy cutting, Mrs. W informed me that, while they’re cutting, it’s important that we as teachers are mindful of how they’re sitting in their chair! Who knew?! We had to adjust their chairs so that their elbows were on the tables and they were sitting upright. The things you learn in kindergarten πŸ™‚

In the afternoon, I was back in Ms. C’s room and we went about our day as usual. Thursday was relatively uneventful, except that I got to experience a prep while the kids were in gym. Basically time for teachers to get things done!Β 

On Friday I actually taught my first lesson!! In the afternoon, Ms. C has set aside an entire block for me to do an art lesson with the 4/5’s and I chose to do a chalk pastel art project. I first read them the book “What Snowmen do at Night” and then asked them to be creative and come up with something fun that they believe snowmen do at night. The pictures turned out fabulously, you can see a picture of the bulletin board in my next post! I think my favourite part of the entire lesson was when I received a note from one of the students after we had moved on to something else. She wrote, “Miss Parfitt, you’re an awesome teacher” and it totally made my day πŸ™‚

We also practised our Christmas concert song, Jingle Bell Rock, with another class who is singing Jingle Bells, in french! They sing a verse, then us, then them and it ends with our verse. I can’t wait to watch them next week πŸ™‚

Chat soon,

~Miss Parfitt

PS Don’t forget to check out my next post from this week!