Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Primăvară (Spring)!

I think Spring is here to stay. :o] Here are the 1st tulips to bloom in Mama-G's garden. And Mama-Cat posing for the camera (actually, she just wanted me to scratch her head...she loves a good head scratching...don't we all...).

Easter Egg Hunt!

This year Easter celebrated in America and elsewhere in the world was on March 27, but Orthodox Easter (which most Moldovans observe) is on May 1. 

I decided to have an Easter egg hunt with all of my classes to celebrate non-Orthodox Easter. Thanks to my American peeps (no pun intended), i was able to do so cuz they sent me the plastic eggs (about 150 of them), American candy, and even peeps! I also included slap bracelets (thank you again America), Moldovan candies, 7 lei per class (in 1 leu bills), $1USD per class, stickers, and free points. All the kids had a blast! :oD

Here was my set-up. It took quite awhile to fill all those eggs!

This is my 9th grade class with my partner, Natalia in the white on the left. They were my last class of the day and 3 of my 6th grade boys came back before the 9th graders came, as i was still hiding the eggs, and stole some of them, including the one with the $1USD! I was sooooooooooo mad! So for punishment i took away any points they got from the eggs and made them apologize in person to the 9th grade class...they were so embarrassed! Overall, it was a succes!

Valentine's Day (ziua îndragostiților)

For Valentine's Day i taught some history/legends of how Valentine's came to be and how we celebrate it in America. Moldovans celebrate Valentine's Day too, like with all Moldovan holidays, there is Valentine's Day, similar to the American holiday, and then there is the religious observance day of celebrating St. Valentine himself. There is another holiday in Moldova, also in February, called Dragobete, and it's the day they celebrate romantic love.

After a brief history, all my students decorated pre-cut Valentine hearts i cut for them and i put them up on the wall. After they finished decorating, i gave them more construction paper to write a Valentine to someone...i received about 10. :o]