In an effort to keep things as normal as possible for my Little Darlings and to figure out what to teach next week and the never-ending quest to embarrass my husband, Star of the Day sounded like a good plan. Star of the Day is one of our beloved Spanish 1 traditions and we’ve been doing all year long.
It took a bit of cajoling, but I convinced my hubby to be our Star of the Day. Are your kiddos familiar with the Star of the Day routine? Who’s at home you could interview? Or better yet…who could you interview via Zoom and record? Wouldn’t it be cool to introduce them to your friends who live in the target culture? Wouldn’t it be neat to ask them about their quarantine experiences? Even if your native speaker friends talk waaaay to fast to be comprehensible to your Little Darlings, you can summarize what they said in a way they will understand. Or you could ask your kiddos to interview someone in their family...Just so many options!
Anyway, here’s my hubby, who doesn’t speak Spanish, being a really good sport and eating Cheez-its:
My Little Darlings watched, then read a biography of el Señor Chase. Their instructions were to highlight in RED every FALSE statement and highlight in GREEN every TRUE statement. Here’s what a completed one looks like:
If you’re interested in Star of the Day, here’s the slideshow (a collaboration between myself and the fabulous Rita Barrett and thanks to generous teacher translators):
- Estrella del Día Slide Show
- Chinese Star of the Day Slide Show, thanks to Yu-Ming Cheng
- French L’étoile du jour Merci, Audrey Misiano
If you’re feeling like this QuarenTeaching is hard, you’re right. It is. If you feel like this is exhausting, you’re right. It is. If you feel like you’re on a wild emotional roller coaster, know you’re not alone. Some days I feel like I’m trying to do all the things, and doing none of them well. And I only have two needy dogs at home to care for, I can’t even imaging how you parents are juggling the teaching and the homeschooling and the house stuff and all the things on your plate. God bless you!
None of us are good at this because we just started. It’s like our first weeks of our 1st year of teaching: working like crazy, absolutely clueless, and just struggling to keep our heads above water, while pretending like we totally have this under control. Relax. We’re not supposed to be good at it, because we are just getting started. We certainly weren’t trained for QuarenTeaching and we haven’t had any time to practice. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself the same grace you’d lavish on the brand new teacher next door.
And if you read this post, and thought, yes, I should record a star of the day, and then your anxiety spiked and the teacher guilt started nagging, S T O P. Don’t do it. Walk away. Do what you’re doing for your kiddos. You don’t need to add anything. It’s enough. You’re enough.
God Bless you, my friends, in these crazy times and all the other ones too!