Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
It was nice to visit with friends and snuggle with the little ones. Hopefully, we'll be able to get together again sometime soon.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It's a big event and the Palais des Congres in Montreal is set up to welcome thousands of teachers. To make sure that we don't get lost on our way to the conference there are greeters set up at different points. The gracious greeter above has been doing this job for quite a few years. We see him every year we go and each time we see him he's wearing a smile and guiding people with a cheerful voice. It's refreshing to see such enthusiasm in his greeting whether it's the first person of the day or the 500th. I just can't help but smile when I see him so I thought I'd share that smile with you.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
If you are a Canadian and of a certain age, you would recognize the title of this shot as being the opener from a popular children's show called "The Friendly Giant." The giraffe's name was Jerome and his trusty side-kick was a rooster named Rusty. This fellow was made by one of our Pre-K students as a decoration for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. The theme this year is "safari". Each class contributes decorations to liven up the atmosphere of the sale. The kids are definitely looking up to the fun ahead at the fair.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
The picture above captures Tibetan prayer flags. These flags can be seen all around Mount Everest. I've included a little exerpt from Wikipedia to explain their significance. The flags are hung in a specific order - Blue (sky/space), White (air/wind), Red (fire), Green (water) and Yellow (earth). Each colour represents one of the five elements and is associated with specific traditions and prayers. They are hung up in sets of five with the blue be at the highest point and the yellow at the lowest.
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to 'gods,' a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
By hanging flags in high places the "Wind Horse" will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the Mantras.
The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life's changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle. - Wikipedia
Managed a little fresh air and took a walk in Old Quebec again. This statue was tucked in between two buildings and caught my eye as I walked by. Due to parked cars I wasn't able to get all the logs in the photo. This statue was placed here in honour of the logger. To be honest we didn't have a long time to stop and read so I don't know much more about it. I guess I'll have to go back. The great part of living in Quebec City is that you can be a tourist year round.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
This one caught my eye because Chloe, with the help of 'A' was able to set up a photo that shows emotion. The importance of emotion was something Monique talked about a lot while visiting our class. It's nice to see the students taking what they learn and applying it. Although this is my photo blog, I hope to post more pictures from young visiting photographers as they capture the world around them.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
One of the objects brought by a student was a pyx. A pyx is a container for the reserved host; especially : a small round metal receptacle used to carry the Eucharist to the sick. She knew it was "une custode" in French and thought that it was the same word in English, only pronounced differently. We decided to do a little research online and found that the word we were looking for was pyx. Imagine, learning something at school.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Cindy’s First Poppy
Narrator – It was a cold windy afternoon in November. Cindy was on the bus coming home from school. The School bus passed the grocery store and the bank as it did every day. But today Cindy saw something different. The older children on the bus were talking and pointing. Cindy listened to them but was puzzled.
When Cindy got off the bus, she ran into her house. She quickly took off her coat, hat and boots. Her grandpa was visiting so she hurried over to him, grabbed his hand and pulled him into the living room.
Cindy – Grandpa, I saw a man dressed in a uniform giving away red flowers. The man was wearing a red flower just like the one you have on your shirt. The older kids on the bus were talking about the man and the war. They called it Novenbrance Day. What were they talking about?
Grandpa – Well Cindy, first of all it’s called Remembrance Day. I will be happy to tell you what it is all about.
Grandpa – The man that you saw in the uniform was once a brave soldier. Many soldiers have fought in different wars throughout history. You see, wars are not just stories of the past, they are going on right now in other countries. Wars are fought for many different reasons: to protect our freedom, sometimes to change things, but most of all to keep peace throughout the world.
Cindy – I see Grandpa, but what are the red flowers for?
Grandpa – The red flowers that the soldier was giving away are called Poppies. In return for the Poppy, people give him money. The money is used to help soldiers and their families.
Cindy – Why do they give Poppies and not some other flower?
Grandpa – They chose the Poppy because the worst fighting in history took place in an area called Flanders, in a country called Belgium. In the spring, while the war was still going on, Poppies bloomed in the fields that were destroyed by the war. The soldiers were amazed that something so beautiful as the Poppy could grow in such an ugly wasteland.
Grandpa then reached for the Poppy on his shirt and unpinned it. He held it carefully in his hand and stared at it for a second and then continued.
Grandpa – That is why the Poppy became a symbol of Remembrance of the war. Our soldiers have fought very hard for peace and they left us with the job of keeping it. We must learn to live peacefully everyday, not just with our neighbors but with the entire world. I have a little poem that I like to tell people about Remembrance Day. Would you like to hear it Cindy?
Cindy – Yes
Grandpa – We wear a Poppy in November
To show that we’re proud
And that we remember.
Cindy looked at her grandpa then turned and ran to her room. Grandpa was puzzled. Cindy returned with her hands full of coins and said,
Cindy – Grandpa, can I go get you a Poppy now?
Grandpa – You certainly can Cindy. You certainly can!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I captured 'S' as she was listening intently about 'hunting' for stories. I've put two versions of the photo here. I prefer the black and white and Peg likes the colour. What about you?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
p.s. Don't worry, Dexter doesn't usually have access to the remote control. This was a posed picture and no animals were hurt or killed in the process.