Oct 28, 2015

The last goodbye...

“Let us hurry to love people they depart so quickly.”
Jan Twardowski

My beloved Granny
Rest in peace
Oct. 17th 1927 – Oct. 24th 2015

There will be no SAL update today. We are mourning the loss of our wonderful mommy, sister and granny. After long suffer attributable by breast cancer and two strokes she finally found her way to heaven. 

Oct 21, 2015

Guest from Albania, Teacher’s Day, school news and autumn around!

As I’ve wrote you recently we’ve got a guest in our kindergarten.  Ejona Gjata came to us to tell us about her homeland – Albania. She visited Poland as a part of AIESEC program which is an international apprenticeship program. Ejona spend some time in our kindergarten as well as in our partnership school. She led some classes with our kids, sang some songs, did some art work with them. She showed us some wonderful pictures from Albania, told us about their culture, flag and its meaning and sang their national anthem with us. Or kids prepared songs and albums about Poland that Ejona took back to Albania. I hope we’ll be able to have more guests from all over the world in my workplace. I really enjoyed her visit. I am also proud of myself as I done really well as her interpreter in all groups she visited as well as on our private conversation with my headmaster.

From left: Mrs. Chaczko (Ejona's host family), me, my Headmaster Mr. Lalewicz and Ejona Gjata

On October 14th we celebrate National Education Day in Poland. It’s the day when kids and parents can especially show their appreciation for teachers. Even is in our kindergarten we don’t have any special gala because of that day (in contrast to schools) parents and kids celebrate this day by giving us little gifts and flowers. It is really cute to see my little ones coming to us with a flower and wish us “best on teacher’s day”, giving hugs and kisses. This year my group was the one that gave the most gifts and flowers to us ;) so our classroom window sill was all covered with flowers, gifts, sweets and self made greeting cards.

Teacher;s Day gifts

Autumn starts for good. In my classroom we celebrated it by changing the season picture on our calendar.

Calendar in our classroom

During our morning routine in group, which works with immersion method, we are greeting each other with a “good morning” song, then we tell how do we feel and we update our calendar. On the cork board we have the name of the current month and the date, day of the week, picture that shows current season and weather. Each day kids have to pick the proper pieces that they pin to the board. They are always very eager to do this. As there are just few pieces that we change every day there is always a big stir about who will do it J

Four seasons


Days of the week


Seasons again

From last week we also sing new song which is called “colors dance”. This one is a hit! Sometimes they want to sing it twice or more! I want to teach them many other songs as I see that they enjoy singing very much. Lastly headmaster told me that one of parents from my group said to him that her daughter (3y.o.) is singing those songs all the time while she is at home! I felt so proud and happy when he told me that!

They understand a lot and they try to speak as well. I am talking to them mostly in English, I try to use a lot of gestures to help them understand and I also encourage them to talk in English. They don’t build sentences yet but they use single words to describe things, mostly they use nouns (paper, stapler, crayons, scissors, sharpener, pencil, paper towel…). It leads to funny situations and conversations when they build sentence in Polish and they put just one word in English into it. It looks like this:
Gabriel: “Przyniosę Pani stapler.” (“I will bring you a stapler.”)

Lena:  “Natemperuje mi Pani pencil?” (“Will you sharpen my pencil?”)

Nina: “Mogę iść do toilet?” („Can I go to the toilet?”)

As well as to situation like this:
Me: “Bring me the white carpet please.”
Zosia looks at me very steadily
Me (again, slowly, showing the rectangular shape on the floor): “Bring me the white carpet please.”
Zosia thinking intensely
Me (again, showing the rectangular shape on the floor): “White carpet”
Zosia: “Dywan?” (“Carpet?”)
Me (triumphantly): Yes! Carpet!
Zosia, proud of herself and happy, brings the carpet. She places it on the floor and says: “Carpet!”

Another one. I was working with little Simon (2,5 y.o.). We’ve been working with farm animals figurines:
Me (showing Simon a cow figurine): What is this?
Simon: Yyyyy, krowa. (“Yyyy, cow.”)
Me: “Yes it’s a cow. Say – cow.”
Simon: “Yyyyy, cow.”
Me: (showing Simon a dog): What is this?
Simon: “Yyyyy, dog.”
Me (happy!): “Yes it’s a dog!”, I’m showing him a donkey figurine “What is this?”
Simon: “Yyyy, nie wiem” (Yyyy, I don’t know…)
Me: (imitating donkey sound) “iii-ooo, iii-ooo”
Simon: “Yyyyy, osioł. Donkey”
Me: (proud as a peacock) “Yes! It’s a donkey!”

As the English immersion is quite a new thing in our kindergarten so I have to prepare a lot of Montessori helpers in English. Using the pattern from Polish ones I am making many different things that will help me and my students to learn. So I already created memory cards with flowers and planets, adult-baby animals matching, fabric patterns with their names, calendar, happy/sad faces to express emotions (by now I use only those two, but then I will extend to another one), animals and their houses, opposites, old maid game with animals and fruits. You can see some of them here:

If somebody has got any ideas for interesting things that can be use with children about 2,5-7 y.o. then I will be very glad to get some tips from you. If there is anyone related to teaching at all or especially with teaching in Montessori institution I will be very glad for any tips and ideas for teaching. I hope to have some more school news for you soon. Headmaster promised me to tape how my kids are singing our songs, so if I he will do it I will surely post it here so you can see them “in action”. J

And for the very end: this is how autumn looks like from my window. It is quite depressing for me L I definitely prefer spring and summer.

Sometimes I just want to stay in my bed with a cup of hot coffee or tea instead of go to work and then on my extra classes with kids. By now I have 5 students what gives me 7 hours of extra classes each week. One more is waiting in queue, as I haven’t got time to take her now, so she is waiting for a moment when someone else will resign. So sometimes it’s weary but it also gives me satisfaction and so much happiness when they are getting good grades! And I love to see how happy they are when they learn something new! This is the best prize for being a teacher J.

Sorry for non stitching post :(. I just haven't finish anything yet. 

Kisses and hugs,

Oct 11, 2015

Is it October already?!

Hello Friends!

Wow! Time flies so fast! It’s really October? I can still feel the sun shining over the Baltic shore while I was there in July! And now days are getting colder and shorter. It’s dark and chilly outside when I come back from work or from my student’s houses after private tuition.

If I could I would like to stay in my room the whole day just stitching and reading! But soon there will be some time for that as Christmas is coming – I know it’s more than 2 months, but the time flies so quickly…

Among my many activities and mantles I can still find some time for stitching. Thank God because I really need it. Stitching gives me the moment of relaxation and the opportunity to think some things over. It is sooo nice to sit in cozy, warm room with a cup of tea, my favorite music, needle and thread. The only con of stitching is that I can’t combine it with reading J.
OK, so this is what I managed to do from my last post here:

There were two more fairies – green and orange – but they already went for charity stitching and I forgot to take the pictures L. I am very close to finish my African dancers – only one left to fill in with colors. And now I can start something new I suppose. I know I have some WIPS waiting to be finished like Lost bouquet or Harry Potter crest but I think it is just not their time yet. I am so eager to start something new, something bigger this time, but I feel remorse that I still have some more WIP’s and if I will start another projects my WIP pile will be growing again instead of decrease.
As I already told you I am working with immersion group in my kindergarten. I am so happy about it! In my opinion it gets better and better with every day. Children like songs that we are singing, the task that they have to do during our morning circle time, they understand more and more with every day and I am so amazed what a remarkable memory they have! Parents and headmaster are also happy with our results and this is a huge compliment for me. Soon we will have two big events in our kindergarten. First is that we will have a visitor from Albania! Next week we will host a woman from that country. She will come to us to tell us about her homeland, the school that she is teaching in and about the culture of her country. Our kids prepared some lovely gifts that she will be able to give also for her students in Albania. They can’t wait to meet her! As well as I, to be honest… J  I will have to be her interpreter as she don’t speak Polish.

The next great news is that our headmaster would like to change our kindergarten into linguistic one – it will still have the Montessori style but we will be more focused on language and multicultural education. Among many other ideas that our boss has, there is one that I like the most: he would like to annually invite some people from abroad that are connected with Montessori education around the world. It also means that we will have a chance to visit some Montessori schools and kindergartens abroad! To do this he will need someone to coordinate all the contacts between us and our guests. Someone who can use fluent English and this will be the task for ME! 

I will surely write you something about our Albanian guest as well as about my role in our international contacts with other Montessori schools and kindergartens. I can’t wait to start this amazing project!

Thank You all for your visits here and all your support and your good, encouraging words! You’re amazing!

Kisses and hugs,