Feliz Navidad

Yesterday afternoon we had a little Christmas party at the after-school-school where I volunteer to teach English on Wednesday afternoons, Aprendizaje del Ingles. So, in the spirit of the season, I’d like to devote this post to giving my WOW readers the sense that you were there with us too.

First, in the school’s courtyard, the creator and director of this darling school, Linda Curran, gave a dramatic reading of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and the children, all gathered around her, echoed every line:

Linda Curran reading "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Linda Curran reading “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

Then the children came into the classroom and worked on Christmas crafts, making wreaths and decorations to take home to their families, and learning such English words as “bow,” “ornament,” “wreath,” and “bell”:

Emilio making a wreath
Emilio making a wreath
Karla making a wreath with hearts
Karla making a wreath with hearts

Other children chose to color Christmas bells while they ate their Oreos and party snacks:

Boys coloring Xmas designs

Linda took this group photo of me (left) with Stephanie, another volunteer teacher, with some of the children:

Aprendizaje del Ingles Christmas party 2016
Aprendizaje del Ingles Christmas party 2016

Best of all, for me, was the oversize Christmas card the children made for me (and another for Stephanie), with their handwritten love notes in English glued onto it. Mine all began with “Dear Ms. Bonnie,” and each note was individualized: “Thank you for teaching us with puppets,” “Thank you for helping me learn the shapes,” “Thank you for helping me read,” “Thank you for being a great teacher. I love you!”

My heart burst. I feel as if I’ve already had a Feliz Navidad, thanks to these dear children. I wish the same for you.


8 thoughts on “Feliz Navidad”

  1. I think that as we have become wise elders we are much closer to the true spirit of the holidays. Plus we are mysteriously blessed with the motivation to share it. ‘God bless us every one’. <3

  2. It takes the company of children to bring out our Christmas spirit. How blessed you are, Bonnie, to be able to spend time with these beautiful children. Sending love and hugs your way.❤️❤️

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