The week was a busy one with the start of a Holiday project for the children and letter writing to new pen-friends in a town in Uganda. Everyone is very excited about both projects. The adults in our classrooms try very hard to keep things quiet and calm this time of year. The children are excited about the coming holidays and most places they go out in the world bombard them with toys and lights and all the commercial aspects of the season.
We had a community meeting on Thursday. During this kind of meeting an object is passed around the circle and only the person holding that object is allowed to speak. They may choose to pass. Of course, this includes the adults and we often trip up by blurting out a comment or question and it can be quite funny having the children glare at us for our mistakes. Tracy, one of my lovely co-teachers, suggested we all come up with an idea for a gift for someone, something wasn’t bought, made at home or able to be wrapped up as a present. I forget what her first suggestion was, maybe it was patience. The ideas generated during that meeting were astounding. Here is a partial list.
Friendship, listening, respect, attention, time, acceptance, compassion, perseverance, forgiveness, peace, love, humor, joy, happiness. It was an amazing experience and I am honored to work in such an open, respectful environment with these wonderful children.
As for books and reading. I finished two reading books and am working on reviews, got reviews written for The Colour and The Tiger, and started reading The Hare with Amber Eyes. I am coming up with my list of favorite books for 2010 and am trying to decide about challenges and readalongs. I also used a gift coupon to buy several used books for the Unstructured Book Group.
Along with laundry and house cleaning I hope to read this afternoon. What about you? How are you planning on spending this first Sunday in December?
Sunday Salon is a place for readers to share their thoughts about books and other things. To find out more follow this link.