It’s been a while since I’ve been in touch but what better topic than Christmas?!?!
The preparations for this Christmas have been a little differnt for me this year for a couple of reasons:
- Being Part Time in my ‘normal’ job (is there such a thing – that’s another blog post in it’s own right!) has given me more time to prepare
- And being the Christmas Shopping Fairy has made me feel even more Christmassy than usual.
If you don’t know about the Christmas Shopping Fairy then let me get you up to speed…
I’m not a parent but lots of my firends are and I know how hard it can be when you need to go shopping with the little cherubs, never mind Christmas shopping which is on a whole other level in terms of pressure.
So I had the idea that parents could drop their children with me on a Saturday afternoon and have a few hours to themselves to go shopping/have a cup of tea/go to the hair-dressers/go back home/whatever they need while we dance and sign and make stuff all with a Christmassy theme.
I even featured In the Paper (Leicester mercury More Magazine) on 1st December 2012.
It’s been really good fun, and I don’t know about the children, but I’ve certainly slept well when I’ve got home!!:
- we’ve made paper chains, posters and decorations;
- we’ve played traditional games like hunt the thimble and wink murder;
- we’ve sung songs and made up dance routines to some pop as well as Christmas music.
Paper Chains made by the Christmas Fairies Dec 2012
Merry Christmas made by the Christmas Fairies Dec 2012
This Saturday will be the last one (22nd Dec) and we’re going to be singing and dancing to a few new songs as well as all of the songs we’ve used in the last few weeks, and we’re going to make Christmas cards – all of the tissue paper shapes are cut out and ready to go.
Spending time with the children has really given me time to think about what’s important, all year around, but especially at Christmas. For me that’s spending time with friends and family and having a good time. It really doesn’t need to cost lots of money to show people that you care for and appreciate them.
I’ll sign off now and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
Some might call me a ‘course tourist’ (you know who you are!) but I really do love learning.
Partly because it often means compiling the newly acquired knowledge into a folder which feeds my love for stationery as well as recognising that I now know something new.
Within the dancing word you never stop learning – you pick things up from other teachers and instructors as well as the people (young and not-so-young) who take part in your classes and it all goes towards constantly working to improve what you do. Also, within the dancing and education worlds there is a great emphasis on qualifications to ensure that you are the right person to run the classes. The qualifications give reassurance that I…
- have the relevant subject knowledge.
- teach the technical aspects (steps and movements).
- teach correctly and safely.
- teach the work to examination standard and enter pupils for examinations.
- have critical knowledge of anatomy and physiology along with correct warm ups, limbering, stretching and cool (warm) down.
- keep up to date with developments in the syllabus/curriculum and teaching practices.
Here are the teaching qualifications I have and the courses I’ve attended recently, with a little bit about why each one is so useful…
Associate Ballet, Tap and Theatre Craft – syllabus and teaching practice suitable for pre-school children up to and including Intermediate grade;
Licenciate Freestyle – steps and movements, anatomy and physiology, warm up/down, stretching and limbering for children and adults;
Dance Exercise Diploma – all ages and all styles of dance with fitness and fun as the focus;
Zumba – steps and musical appreciation to create simple and effective fitness routines;
TinyTalk – sign language for babies and young children to help everyone communicate;
Safeguarding and Protecting Children – awareness of the procedures for ensuring the safety of the children who attend classes;
First Aid for Sport – just in case there are any injuries or medical mishaps;
Nutrition for Sport – to understand what the body needs to support an active lifestyle, and how to ensure your diet is meeting your needs;
PE and the National Curriculum – to keep up to date with the changes so I can be sure I’m meeting the requirements.
Next on my list is ‘Exercise to Music’ and ‘Zumbatomic’…
Did you ever get really excited about going back to school after the summer holidays?
I did, every year, not because I was looking forward to learning new stuff or wearing my new uniform (although they were good), but just because I had a new pencil-case, filled to the brim with new pens and things! I used a Parker fountain pen (other manufacturers are available) and underlined everything in green, rather than red which I thought looked a bit aggressive?!
These days I still have a thing for pens. But it’s expanded to note books of all shapes and sizes with various patterns – probably stemming from my love for covering my text books with old wallpaper. I also enjoy decorating folders now that I’ve discovered sticky-backed-plastic!! Then there’s the whole dividers, plastic wallets and getting things in order.
One of my favourite parts of one of my previous office jobs was going through the stationery catalogue for routine orders of paper and paperclips etc as well as setting up new desks with in-trays, pencil pots, files, furniture, you name it. There was nearly always something on each page that took my fancy. Imagine my delight when in another office job when I found they had a label maker!! I was in my element and the office was tidied and organised to within an inch of its life. I’m not all that offended when people compare me to Monica from Friends 😀
Update – 12th Sept 2012
My friends know me so well!!