Valentine’s Day Origami

Happy Monday everyone!

This is going to be a short and random post, but I thought maybe some of you are looking for Valentine’s Day activities for your kids or students which don’t involve making cards.

Normally I’m not one for making a big deal out of February 14th. Everyone knows that being single on this day isn’t the greatest. Sometimes it was even awkward if I was dating someone because I felt a strange mix of wanting my SO to do something nice along with not wanting them to go through the trouble just because it’s expected by most females.  Anyway, back to fun with paper…

This is my second year making origami hearts in my 1º ESO (students around 12 years old) classes. If you search “heart origami” on YouTube you will find plenty of results. I chose the first one because the video and sound are good. A young boy(?) goes over everything step-by-step. First, I let them watch the whole video one time without touching their paper. Then, I play the video again and let them follow along. I paused immediately after the more tricky sections to make sure everyone was caught up.

heart origami

The finished product!

The origami paper I’m using is from Tiger and only cost 2 euros. You can use different paper, but make sure it’s square! Sometimes a couple boys in the class groan a bit about having to make hearts, but I tell them to surprise their mom or grandmother with them, which normally works.

I’m using the leftover paper to make hearts for my younger students from private classes.

Are you doing anything to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?

Staying for More Punishment

Okay, so I haven’t exactly kept true to my goal of “one post a week.” However, I just NOW uploaded the remainder of my Semana Santa photos to Facebook so you can see what kind of time-lag I’m working with. I’ll (hopefully) be posting about Italy, Barcelona, Zaragoza etc within the next few weeks.

But first…

drum roll please….

 

I am renewing with the BEDA Program for next year. I’ll be working in the same school, but they are hiring another assistant to cover more hours. This means they are dropping my hours from 24 this year to 18 next year. Ugh. Also, I’ll only be working with children who are 12 years old and older. Maybe this will give me more time to prepare activities or even pick up more private lessons, but I’m a bit sad I won’t be working in infantil anymore.

Now I’m in the process of getting together all the materials to renew my NIE. Friday, I have my appointment to get my empadronamiento. This is basically just a way to register where you live and it may be necessary for the renewal. If I ever need to verify how long I’ve lived in Spain, it will also help. I will try to write a post with all the steps for the renewal after I’m finished.

Travels and Teaching

It’s only Monday and I’m already daydreaming about the next weekend. Two friends and I will arrive in Valencia to experience las fallas! I have found mixed reviews of fallas from several Spaniards. I’m a bit worried that it will be a crazy guiri-fest, but as a closet pyromaniac I’m still excited as all hell! I will be sure to post something more after the trip, but essentially las fallas is a major celebration where giant and ornate wood structures are burned for all to see.

I have several trips planned because the week after, I’ll be traveling through Italy for Semana Santa. I’m trying to work out a trip to Sevilla to visit a friend in April. Probably the craziest thing I did this weekend was book a groupon deal for May in Mallorca with three friends. Ironically, my new swimsuits arrived in the mail today.

All of this reminds me that I need to be careful with what little money I have!

Things have been going well in the school. Last week was “English Week” and the theme for this year was the Middle Ages. I spent last week talking about knights, castles, crowns, and princesses with my infantil classes. I even found a pretty cool jousting game. I let children decide which shield, horse, armor, and strategy we used. Then everyone cheered as we watched if we were able to unseat our opponent.

This week I’m teaching the five-year-olds about different types of marine life. Tomorrow, we will be playing a fishing game in class if everything works out. I bought magnets, string, and paper clips. I’ll attach the magnets to rulers, using the string, and I’m bringing pictures of different animals to color. Once each student has chosen their animal (fish, shark, turtle, seahorse etc) they will put a paper clip on them and put them in the center of the floor. My idea is that there will be three lines. Each with one “fishing pole.” On the other side of the room there will be three bags, or buckets if I can find them. The team who picks up the most animals and places them in their bucket wins.

See you after las fallas! If you have ever been I would be interested in your story!