I love ending each week thinking about all that I have to celebrate. Join Ruth Ayres who shares a Celebration Link up on her blog each week. As always, thank you to Ruth for the inspiration.
This week, I am celebrating for two weeks as I was away with my family last weekend. Springtime in Vancouver is magical. And April is a beautiful month to . . .
#1 Take an Easter trip with my family
Over Easter, we spent four nights away at our favourite beach house to rent in the San Juan Islands. I treasured this time away with my family – to read, to play games, to talk over long breakfasts. And to walk on the beach and explore.
I did many walks with my son in the first few days when my daughter and husband were ill.
And then my daughter recovered and the three of us had wandering beach adventures.
I celebrate our conversations and time shared.
#2 Have a birthday
While we were away it was my birthday but I began celebrating the day before when I received this beautiful book from my class.
Thank you to Miriam who works with me for putting this together (she covered an old Dick and Jane reader to make the book). I had tears opening it up with the children and read it many times over the weekend. It is something I truly treasure. Each page is covered in little notes, pictures and words from the children. The messages are full of love and the little touches from Miriam are so thoughtful. Notice the title which is a take on the name of this blog and the author (The Curiosity Racers) is the name of our class blog (representing the children in our class).
#3 Launch a class book of stories
Thanks to the Writer’s Exchange (amazing, amazing, amazing), my students got to work with volunteer mentors over a 4 week period to write a creative story. In our stories, our characters transformed into a different version of ourselves and had a bit of an adventure. During Spring Break, the stories were published into a class book titled The Other Side of Me. Each child received a book to take home and we had a book launch party on Wednesday morning.
Some children were brave enough to read their story aloud to their peers while everyone followed along.
These sisters were very excited that Mom came along to celebrate!
I am thrilled to celebrate the pride my students feel being published authors!
#4 End Friday afternoon with outside yoga
We are so fortunate in our classroom that Miriam teaches us yoga. On this beautiful Friday, we headed out and did yoga in the sun with cherry blossoms all around.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week with much to celebrate!