It’s hard to believe that we’ve been out of school for two and a half days now due to ice. I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what to do when we go back after being out nine days in a row. Luckily, using TPRS/CI methods means kids don’t forget everything. I think that we will still do our “who says thanks for what” routine, however briefly. In the first-year class, we’re learning New Year’s songs for the holiday singalong. It’s amazing how many HF words are in those songs. We’ve started the one about the NY tree. It goes like this: a fir tree was born and grew up in the forest. Summer and winter, she was shapely and green (we get a lot of mileage out of “shapely”!). The storm sang her a song: sleep little one! The frost wrapped her in snow: don’t freeze!… eventually she goes home to help celebrate the New Year.
We’ll practice those and learn about all the holiday characters, thus reviewing all the vocabulary to date so that students can feel confident for the pre-holiday finals. In the upper-level classes, I just might have the kids read actual Russian sites about those characters. I have lots of pictures and readings. Or we’ll tell stories in the middle of which I interpose information about them. I have four days to figure this out, and maybe some of you will share your between-Thanksgiving-and-holiday-break plans too!