Chai And A Chat #38 #ChaiAndAChat

Hey there Peeps! Time for our weekly catch up, and I think I am kinda back to normal… if there ever was a normal in Ritu-land!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d start by telling you that I am so appreciative of all my blog pals out there. You were so generous in your congratulations last week, that it touched me, especially as there were a few burbles in Book Blogger land that a supposed non-book blogger won the award… Thankfully, no one directly said anything to me but still… It nearly dulled the shine of a wonderful achievement, but you should all know me better than that. I just forgot about it!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that school has been extremely hectic. It is always a busy time of year for teachers, even though the children are winding down. We are fraught with end of year assessments, and those dreaded reports (yes, I fnally finished my last comments this weekend… but there is still tweaking to go!) Then we have to think about next year. The looking at class lists and working out how to swap and change the class demographics from nuresry, all the way to Year 6, and finding out who our class will be next year, as well as our team of adults within our year group. Next step will be preparing all the resources for September, whilst still operating on 2018-2019 mode too, so we can make the last few weeks fun filled for the children! I have been reading chapter books to my reception class this year and we have started George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl. The children decided that we could make our own medicine, but something to make people nicer… check out their list of ingredients…
Not sure of the slugs and snails…!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that this week, I’m a little gutted, as I will be missing the annual Nursery trip to Margate, as well as the Reception trips to the local country park for the day… It all stems from my days being split in two classes, and the fact that I am in and out like a crazy person with training, and covering different classes whilst home visits for next year are being organised…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I had two times I was out of class last week. One was to visit another school, to see how they operate their phonics teaching… and I have to say, I feel proud of our school. We appear to be smashing it, especially when you look at the demographic of our school. The second day I had out was to London, to learn about becoming a Phonics Leader, for the RWI scheme we use in school. Yes, my new responsibility next year will be Phonics Lead, and I’ll be retiring from the school council after two years. The trip to London was fun, though an early start, and gave me plenty to think about!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that we managed to survive the week without Lil Princess! She had a wonderful time on her residential trip, and I missed her, but I wasn’t sad. I am glad she is learning how to assert her independence! Hoppalong Hubby, however was the opposite! At every opportunity, he was trying to get me to call my colleagues to find out if she was okay. I had to tell him that I wasn’t about to take the mick, just because they are my friends! Lil Man thought it was great though, not having a sister who was constantly singing, and arguing with him!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I read a couple more books this week, including an arc from our fantastic blog pal Lucy Mitchell… keep your eyes peeled for a review soon!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that now I have finally finished those reports as best I can so it will be time to get my edit on… I promise!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that I have been exhausted, the last few days, so I shall be attempting some relaxation as well as getting all the school stuff done!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that I can’t believe my Lil Man will be turnign 14 this week… where has the time gone?

Have a wonderful week, Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rae Reads
    Jun 26, 2019 @ 23:54:58

    I am drinking coffee as we chat, and yes, it will keep me awake tonight, but that is a good thing. I have a great deal to do because I have great news!
    I am going back into teaching in the fall. I have been hating retirement and just was not my usual, positive, confident self. A former student I have “adopted” as my grandson since I don’t have grandchildren was visiting, and he said “You obviously are not happy; contact your supervisor, tell him retirement has been a disappointment, and ask if you can teach Advanced Writing again.” I said I would, blah,blah,blah, but he insisted I go get my laptop and do it then and there. Within forty minutes I received back a reply that began with 5 yesses, and exciting news that he wants to offer his art majors a writing class that will showcase and focus on their creativity, but teach them the “basics” they will need for writing to patrons, gallery owners, newspapers etc. I am going to write and teach the course. (And fall semester starts the middle of August!)
    How many art courses have I taken, you ask. ONE–Introduction to Art History, in 1963, which was one of three, quarter-length (rather than semester-length) courses, this one covering from the Byzantine period through the Italian Renaissance.
    I immediately started reading Art for Dummies and gathered some shorter versions of articles I often teach my regular students and am exercising my lassaire faire attitude toward attendance and tardiness. It sounds like an art major’s dream, right?
    I badly needed a challenge and the Lord dropped it right in my lap. I am holding the students to as requiring few “rules” (on due dates, arriving on time, etc.)I want to course to be so much fun and so relevant and helpful that they’ll WANT to come and will hate to leave at the end of the three hour classes. God is good!

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  2. Jennie
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 19:53:07

    I hope the end of the term is smooth for you, Ritu. You have been too busy! 😍

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  3. Rebecca Moon Ruark
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 16:31:45

    Wow, so busy busy! Hope you have a wonderful summer!

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  4. fancypaperblog
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 08:26:40

    You write about writing your novel. Book blogger! And you review. Enjoy your reward!

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  5. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 20:57:21

    Sounds all great, and very good managed Sis! I am not wondering about LilMan’s wish to watch Spiderman. He’s Spidy-addicted like his mom. Isnt he? Lol Now you have to prepare your bubble bath, you well deserved it. Best wishes, Michael

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  6. Erika Kind
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 20:16:09

    That was touching to read about the kids want to make medicine for people becoming nicer. So beautiful!

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  7. robertawrites235681907
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 19:03:23

    Such fun to read your news, Ritu. Don’t worry about a few people who are disappointed. No matter who you are or what you do you can never please all of the people all of the time. I am glad your daughter did so well and I know how you feel about your son. Greg will be 17 in Feb and can get a learner drivers licence (Freak!).

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  8. dearanonymousfriend
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:34:44

    ❤ your weekly updates, feel like I have visited with you. Hope you can squeeze in some Ritu time in between all of this.

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  9. syl65
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 15:23:13

    Hang in there Sister, there is light around the corner! Wow, my nephew will be 14 😀 Hopefully you can wrapped up all the school stuff soon!!

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  10. Maggie
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 14:23:07

    I rather enjoyed our chai together. What a beautiful Monday post. You have so much to be thankful for and so much to be proud of!

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  11. Dan Antion
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:14:48

    In all my years attending school, I never thought that the teachers were doing anything but counting the days (like we were). Good job, Ritu. And, congratulations again 😉

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  12. Darlene
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:59:14

    Sounds like another busy week in Rituland. I’m sure winding down the school year is stressful for the teachers, who deserve a medal!!

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  13. Rachael Stray | https://rachaelstray.com/
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:22:46

    Ritu lovely you totally deserved to win and please just ignore the other not so positive comments that may be out there. Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle lovely!! How will little man celebrate his birthday?

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