You want to hold a Christmas party with your kids and you want to make it memorable.
You want to teach some English and at the same time culture.
All in the spirit of Christmas.
If there is one thing I am absolutely confident about, it is our Christmas event.
Honestly, this is something I believe hard -if at all- to find throughout the country.
I think it takes not only a plan to create this, and I am just grateful that I have the wonderful students, parents, place and surrounding for this.
I cannot share these with you, but what I can share are a few ideas.
Today, as my ADVENT SPECIAL, my 5 top songs for ESL Christmas:
1. Hallelujah, a song from Taizé, which I learned in 5th grade from a wonderful teacher I absolutely adored. I created my own song lines for my students, and since 12 years we have been singing it every year.
2. Feliz Navidad, everyone knows it, I think. Get out your guitar, and just go for it. Parents and kids will love it. I carry my guitar around in December and if I get into a new group, I always teach it on the spot, and within 10 minute it is completed.
3. He's got the whole world. This is a really great song for any age, you can sing it slow or fast, pop or classic; it teaches opposites and the great thing is it works great without instruments.
4. Mary's boy child from Boney M.~just great. You can create a lesson plan around this song. We have done paper cuts and presented the song with an OHP. Many projects you could do with this song.
5. You raise me up, this song is especially great for a 'last year graduating class'
If you do use these songs, add a message in the comments of what you did with them and how it went.
What other songs do you use at Christmas?
Invented in the 19th century in Germany, there have been many kinds of calendars over time.
Originally it was count down to Christmas, starting with chalk lines on the door, children whipped away one after day after day!
It developed , into 24 pictures, later were these pictures behind little doors.
Then there came a completely different Christmas season. Nazi Germany. Here are some advent calendar images and interpretations of a never to be forgotten time. I have heard a lot of practical stories from my parents about that time, however I never asked how childrens dreams were destroyed.
When I grew up, I used to have chocolate advent calendars every year. It was so much fun to find the numbers, and I remember exactly how proud I felt when looking like crazy for number '4', and finally finding it. I also remember, that this is actually much more difficult than we adults now think it is.
I never could forgive when a friend happened to open up the doors of my advents calendar. I got so angry, and the answer : "I ate already all of my chocolates" did not make me feel any better. Never betray the spirits of Christmas.
For my own kids, I made advents calendars every year. The main reason for this is, that there were non available here in Japan until recently.
My kids loved them. When they were bigger, I made one for all three, so each of them was happy to look for one present all three days.
Now my kids are 20, 18 and 16. We didn't have any calendars for several years.
The other day I got Chocolate calendars for them. A present at Christmas could not have made them happier. They were and are so excited.
How about students?
I have held different advent calendar projects with them every year.
What kind of student advent projects are you up to?
Share in the comments below.
What is it?
What is this project?
And WHERE are the freebies>>>>>>???????
As for the project: (see I am still looking up!)
Please forgive me. It is on a hold.
For over 2 months I have researched, subscribed on various platforms, written out scripts and done video shootings.
I have been trying to figure out ways to share more of my work, my experience, my business 'secrets', that will be win win win, for you, your students and myself.
The result right now: No platform really satisfies me.
As most of you know, I am running a few courses on facebook. For various reasons I was wanting to get away from there, however everything else I have been seeing these two months has such a business concept, it definitely doesn't fit my spirit.
For a while I thought 'OK, I just take the goods and don't have to follow those sales approaches'. But then came Black Friday! You won't even imagine how many mails I got, and how much dishonesty was in those mails, just to get me sign up to something. If that is what business is like now, it is not for me. So, once Black Friday was over, just after I had spent hours and days of uploading things on a certain platform, I cancelled all my plans.
And I feel sorry for my students and for you, for the time I spent on something that I could have spent much more useful, working on lesson plans or writing my blogposts.
So, now I am still working on finding a way to work this all out. There are many ways to create a Christmas tree!
Meanwhile, please let me know what you are struggling with most when it comes to teaching, talking to parents or handling teaching career and private live.