Teaching today went a lot better than yesterday. I had a great class in the morning with the 8-9 year olds. We were working on numbers 1-10 and we played a few games on the board and did a lot of speaking practice (“How old are you?” “I’m 8!”). I had a 2 hour break for lunch and I came home to eat with Catherine, who was working later today. We had some delicious asparagus soup with cheese and croutons! :)
My afternoon classes consisted of two groups of 7-8 year olds and one class of 10-11 year olds. They all went really well, although the best was the last class (of 7-8 yr olds) where I used finger puppets (sent by my lovely mother) to have a conversation with myself. Then I chose a student to come up and take one, and “we” (meaning the turtle and monkey) had a conversation. It worked really well and I know that I will be using them again!!
After class, I had tea with Margot and then we took Dunja for a walk in the woods. It was such a beautiful, sunny day (probably about 60ºF) today and the sunset was gorgeous. We stopped at the monkey bars in the woods and gave them a shot—we both did well.
Photo: Monkey Bars! (Or perhaps a balance beam?...)
Margot took a charming video of me playing on the monkey bars the way I like best! ;) You can see it here: http://youtu.be/SXRbkFPcEBo We continued our walk and when we made it to the open part near the fields, we played catch with Margot's football (American football...) for a while. When it started to get dark, we headed home, kicking the football along the road the whole way.
Ralf had made a fire, so I brought down my sewing and sat next to the fireplace enjoying its warmth. I love the sound of it crackling—it makes me think of winter evenings at 840 Alexander Ave…
Photo: Beautiful clouds!
Before dinner, Margot and I watched the first half of the Dr. Quinn episode (Catherine was here tonight and she likes to watch the news, which starts at 8pm…) and then it was time for dinner. We had pasta with blue cheese sauce—I was so full after dinner!
Margot wanted to watch “Demandez la permission aux enfants” (“Ask the Kids For Permission”), which was about parents who were trying to get their kids to obey. They use some interesting tactics… In any case, Catherine was watching a show on TV, so we watched the film in my bed on Lucas’ laptop. It was pretty funny…nothing brilliant, but okay.
Tomorrow we’re decorating the house for Christmas!!
Today I got a letter from Mark!!! <3