The last 2 days of camp were spent covering the much-anticipated Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The students were pretty excited about both holidays and we spent the first half discussing Thanksgiving food which received many "whoas" from my audience :) We made hand and foot turkeys and talked about what it meant to be thankful - of course Karl said he was most thankful for me:
Of course the most excited response came when we finally talked about Christmas. My students knew about the holiday already - at least the Hallmark version (no religious affiliation) - and were thrilled to chat about "Christmas Man" aka Santa. Unfortunately, the morning we were supposed to cover Christmas was also the one morning I slept through my alarm. Nothing like arriving 30 minutes late to class and hearing a chorus of "STEPH!!!! Where were you?!?" from a room full of ten year olds. I was pretty embarrassed, but I think I made up for it in the awesome coloring sheets we did for the next hour. I had no idea that coloring a Christmas scene could take an entire hour, but I don't think any other activity I did all summer made my 10 year olds so quiet and focused.
|I can't get over Warren and his adorableness.|
The most exciting part of it all was the tree decorating session. Each classroom was given the SADDEST looking Christmas tree you could find. I'm pretty sure Charlie Brown's was better looking than these 12 inch disasters. My one class had lights on theirs, the other didn't even have that. Of course the tree that did have lights couldn't really stand up unassisted, but that's another story. Each classroom was also given a set amount of ornaments - I think I had 6 total? So in another sad, sad moment each table of five students had one little ornament or garland to come hang on the teeny tiny tree at the front of the room. Luckily, I don't think they know any better so they seemed satisfied with this task anyways. Then we had a celebratory countdown for the 'lighting of the tree' (at least in one class) and you would've though I had just lit up Rockefeller Center. Students gathered to gaze into the beautiful lights and blew bubbles in the tree's honor while singing a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells. My poor twelve year olds had no lights, so we just rotated picture taking while listening ot their favorite Christmas album - Justin Bieber, obviously.
|Look at the thrill on Bruce's & Bill's faces!|
|Wenny, Kery, Lucy, Karl, Bruce, Bill, and Tom|
|Like any good Christmas celebration, the tree was lit underneath the President's Day banner.|
|Susan, Kery, Lucy, Alice, Karl, Bruce, Bill, Tom, Davey, and Janet in the background|
Of course, no true Christmas is complete with cards and a pageant. I didn't realize the students would be making cards, but as the afternoon went on I started getting a few knocks on my dorm door and there'd be one of my students proudly delivering a card. The cards were randomly very religious, even though we were told not to discuss the religious aspect of Christmas with them (and I asked them if they had heard of Jesus...they hadn't, and I didn't go down that road any further!). I probably received more Christmas cards from the students than I do during the actual holiday!
|I also love this one - In my eyes, you are a good teacher. In other peoples' eyes, maybe not, but I really think you are!|
As for the Christmas pageant, well...there was one. The foreign teachers were asked to throw together a 90 minute performance. It wasn't great, and I'm hoping there isn't any footage of it out there...of course what was worse was the closing ceremony performance, but I'll leave that for another entry!