Dec 4th, 2007, 06:36 PM
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I'm not sure yet about exactly what we will do in Kenya/TZ for 2009, but I do have a plan hatching in my head. I'm hoping that I can finally convince Jamie (son) and Laura (his girlfriend) to go with us in 2009 - which may change things if they say yes! If there are 4 of us, I think I may just look into a private safari, and use that latest itinerary that you guys helped me come up with for my friend....

I'll keep you guys posted.
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I too am a drop out scout (unisex). More than singing Kumbaya, what we need is a group hug smiley, but not before Iíd had the time to join the bickering.
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nyamera, you're late to the party! how'd the school thing go?
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What's all this talk about singing Kumbaya? It's the name of my new travel agency that specializes in Africa properties with plunge pools and chocolate covered strawberries.

Editors, I am joking! >

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Dennis, the school thing is going worse than I hoped and better than I feared. Itís not quite finished. Next week the kids will present their animals. I wanted African wildlife, but some hated all animals except the Tasmanian devil. I should have suggested the honey badger. Now I need something to do the remaining lessons. As there are all kinds of Christmas activities, I donít know exactly how many lessons I have left. I need something very entertaining that I could do for a long time or a short time. What I know is that Iíll do a Christmas quiz and need some ideas about questions and prizes (wooden animals?). Iíd also need some ideas about the last Spanish lessons Ö

Re. Kumbaya, hereís an idea for an Africa themed film: http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx...nist_wainaina/

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More on your school situation later. The Kumbaya link was great.

Here is an excerpt from the review of that movie, which is much in need right now on this forum.

"The elephants of Kumbayaa are noble and timeless, they do not have petty rivalries or jealousies."

But then there's the part about "lead(ing) a life of debauchery and khaki and greed in Africa."

Well done, Nyamera!
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I find lots of things follow that exact description you gave of "worse than I hoped and better than I feared." Somehow we manage and muddle through whatever it is. You are almost done, I believe.

It is now later, so here are some thoughts.

If the wooden animals are from your shop, I wouldn't give out too many of those. It will reduce your profits. Maybe something small and edible instead for a prize.

Have you ever seen a variety of Christmas caroles re-worded. The words you use could be Spanish or even Swedish or English.

For example, Silent Night = Hushed Nocturnal Time

You give a list and then the kids try to guess what Christmas Carole it is.

On a non-Christmas theme, you can do this with movies.

Sound of Music = Auditory Clue of Melody. Students can make these up, also stating the real movie so you have the "key." Then you can share them and have the other students guess.

You could have students investigate Christmas and holiday traditions around the world. For example putting a pickle in the tree is a Polish custom. At least those of Polish heritage in the US do that. At least some of my Polish friends do.

They could explain in Spanish and particular Christmas traditions of their own family.

You could do a match game with a holiday twist. One student is the "supreme matcher" and the others try to match him/her based on a variety of questions.

Here are some, that are slanted toward the US that I copied here.

Instead of Ho Ho Ho, I heard Santa shouting, ď________________Ē

The holiday fruitcake tasted like __________________

You wonít find any presents under my tree, instead youíll find __________________

Did you see Santaís new reindeer? Its nose doesnít glow, it ______________s.

You used to get coal in your stocking for being bad, but in todayís world you get ______.

My favorite song for the holidays is ____________________

The reindeer are all sick so Santa has hitched up a team of ______________.

If you think figgy pudding is bad you should try my grandmaís ____________custard.

To have school called off due to too much snow it would have to snow __________ centimeters/meters.

Typical present for a 5-year-old boy:

Typical present for a 5-year-old girl

Instead of cookies our family leaves Santa a plate of ________________

I opened the door expecting carolers but instead found _______________

An outdoor winter sport

A holiday special on TV

Where does Frosty the Snowman go for vacation?

What toy do the elves like to make most?

At what age do most kids stop believing in Santa Claus?

As a bonus for working so hard, Santa gives the elves (a) __________________.

Wear this when sledding:

Instead of marshmallows, he floats ___________ in his hot chocolate.

A stocking stuffer

Animal at the North Pole

Assuming the Internet provides you with this info: Holiday stats are interesting, especially those dealing with spending. You can show how much that is per person in Sweden, meaning you bring up the country's population. So often kids don't know the pop of their country. You can add other pop figures too, your city, etc.

You can also relate those spending stats to GDPs of various countries. Maybe you can work in that "how wealthy are you in comparison to the world?" website, I forget its exact name that you posted a long time ago.

You could have them do a "what I want for Christmas list" for them, and then have them do one they think the school principal would like, one for other prominent people, one for your city, the country, the world, etc.

On a computer they could make Christmas cards. There are websites that make cards. Just google them. I know a site I think. If you have the Publisher program in the Office Suite, there is a built-in template for cards.

They could write Christmas cards to each other in Spanish and add some manual art.

The evolving Christmas tale:
On computer or on paper--everybody starts their Christmas or holiday story. Maybe you give a few words that must be included. After 2-5 minutes, switch. Everybody moves one desk to the right (or whatever) and continues on with the story, adding their part to what was already there. Maybe you give a word or concept that must be included. Repeat until the original writer is back at his own story or until time runs out or people get sick of it.

Just sing caroles in Spanish.
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Thanks Lynn! Fodorís is the perfect alternative to using your own brain! Youíll get a discount at Nyamera Camp.

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From the looks of the homesick thread, Nyamera Camp may be on its way! Good luck on the move to Africa mission as well as the holiday lessons!
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My grandmother was born in 1878 and was a girl scout leader of my mother's troop. My mother was a brownie, girl scout and girl scout leader of my sister's troop. And my sister and I both were brownies, girl scouts and went to girl scout camp.

Proud of all of that. I loved scouting. It taught me a lot.


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You could integrate a grammar lesson with a Christmas theme:

1) you show a picture of a typical family celebrating Christmas, to engage the students and capture interest. Ask them what they think it is about
2) you tell a story of your own childhood Christmas celebration, (or even go back in time to your parents or grandparents) using the grammatical form " used to ....". Contrast that with some different ways you celebrate (or don't celebrate now). The point is to have a natural context to demonstrate 'used to' vs now. You used to get presents, now you give presents, etc.
3) write a sample sentence on the board that also uses the 'used to' format.
4) have the students work in pairs to figure out what the MEANING is (a habitual action happening in the past) and then do feedback with the whole class to see if they got it.
5) have the students work in pairs to figure out what the FORM is (subject + used to + verb) then do feedback with the whole class to see if they got it.
6) make some fill-in-the-gap exercises that require the students to figure out if they need to use the simple past tense or 'used to'. For example, use the proper form of the verb 'eat':
"Yesterday I ____ a grapefruit for breakfast"
"When I was little, I _________ cereal (or ugali?) every morning"
7) set up a speaking exercise for the students in pairs to discuss what they used to do, comparing it to what they do now, or what they want to do in the future.

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