Saturday, January 25, 2014

Back Home: ESL Class, a Graduation, and Selling our Wares

We had another session of ESL/GED in the fall with many of my favorite students returning, along with a few new ones.  We did a lesson all about ice cream, ending up with making ice cream sundaes and ice cream sodas.  Now that's what I call fun learning!  :)
 First we read a bunch of poems about ice cream.  The best was Shel Silverstein's "The Ice Cream Stop."

The circus train made an ice cream stop
At the fifty-two flavor ice cream stand.
The animals all got off the train
And walked right up to the ice cream man.
“I’ll take Vanilla,” yelled the gorilla.
“I’ll take Chocolate,” shouted the ocelot.
“I’ll take Strawberry,” chirped the canary.
“Rocky Road,” croaked the toad
“Lemon and Lime,” growled the lion.
Said the ice cream man, “Til I see a dime,
You’ll get no ice cream of mine.”
Then the animals snarled and screeched and growled
And whinnied and whimpered and hooted and howled
And gobbled up the whole ice cream stand,
All fifty-two flavors
(fifty-three with the ice cream man).

It was a crack up with all of the interesting words, the animal sounds, and the realization at the end that the poor ice cream man was no more.  :)
 No one knew "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" so we had to recite that a few times.  And then we had a little ice cream party.

One of our students, Henock, completed his GED AND his American citizenship all at the same time so we had a ceremony and celebration for him.  He was actually in my friend Pipa's class last year but works at the hotel and I know him as well.  What a hard working guy!  Congratulations!

Soon it was the end of another session and now we are off till sometime in February.  I usually have my students over to our home for dinner at the end of the session but Rich was super busy at work and didn't really have the time to cook for us as he typically does.  So we had a potluck in the classroom and everyone got their certificates while we visited and enjoyed each other's company.  And hammed it up a little!

My hubby is  quite the jam-master, making a variety of gourmet jams with local salmonberries and different tasty flavors.  Right before the holidays, there's a series of arts and crafts fairs in town so we usually have a booth at each of them. Rich has some fans and followers who call or message us early wanting to put in an order before anything goes on sale.  :)  We sold out in no time and I'm thinking he's going to have to make a lot more next year.
Tammy stopped by to visit while I was working one of the arts and crafts fairs. We had photos, note cards and jams for sale, and it's always a good time visiting with everyone who comes by.

And as the year was winding down, we were getting ready for our next vacation.  Stay tuned and maybe I will get all caught up soon! 

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