Archive for December, 2011

The Surprise

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Every Saturday, when the “Can Dos” came to the Community Center, they would hear lots of construction noise coming from behind the building. Sometimes they would peer out the window but all they could see was an 8 foot high fence all around a very big field that had never been used for anything before.

Every time they asked Miss Sue, the Community Center Director, what was going on she would smile and answer, “It’s a surprise. You will see it soon enough.

The “Can Dos” would spend their lunch hour trying to guess what it might be. They would ask the other teachers, but nobody would give away the surprise.

Then the invitations arrives at their homes. Everyone in the family was invited to the grand unveiling of the surprise. Wow! It was to happen in the evening, at 7:30 PM and afterwards there would be cocoa and cookies. The “Can Dos” could hardly contain themselves. They were so excited!

Finally the big night arrived. Everyone gathered around the big fence and waited for the surprise to appear. All of a sudden the sides of the fence came down and there was the most beautiful ice skating rink they had ever seen! Wow…what a surprise!

the surpriseEveryone who wanted to got to go inside and put on brand new rental skates and try out the rink.

Later, when having refreshments, Miss Sue announced that everyone who was a member of the community center could skate for free. There would be lessons for those who wanted to learn how to skate and special sessions for kids of all ages and for adults.

On the walk home Annie asked Grandma Maureen if it was too late to change what she wanted for Christmas. Was there still time for Santa to pack some skates for her?  Grandma Maureen winked at Grandpa John and suggested that Annie write the letter that very night!

All the “Can Dos” agreed…it was just about the best surprise ever!


American Customs

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

american customsMiss Pat announced a pop quiz based on a homework assignment on American customs that she gave the class a few days earlier.

“Class let’s see what you learned about some of the American customs I asked you to read about,” said Miss Pat.

Here are the questions and the answers the “Can Dos” gave. How would you have done on a quiz about American customs?

1. Why is it an American custom for baby boys to be dressed in blue and baby girls dressed in pink ?

2. Why do Americans shake hands when they meet?

3. Why do Americans use the OK sign?

4. What does the American custom of crossing one’s heart mean?

5. Why do some American parents give their children a weekly allowance?

American Customs Answers:

1. Since all babies look alike, boys are usually dressed in blue and girls in pink simply to identify the baby as a boy or a girl. In ancient times the color blue was believed to ward off evil spirits, so it was reserved for boys. The color pink was introduced for baby girls according to a European tradition that suggested that girls were born inside a pink rose.

2. Handshaking is a polite gesture indicating friendship and acceptance. Today both men and women shake hands not only as a greeting but to seal a contract as well.

3. Americans use the OK sign by joining the thumb and forefinger in a circle to indicate that all is well or perfect.

4. Americans cross their hearts to seal promises or pledges. It comes from an old religious tradition that believes that crossing your heart is a protection against bad luck and confirms that the speaker’s pledge is made in earnest.

5. The modern weekly allowance is a set sum of money that parents give their children as spending money or in return for completing household chores. it is intended to teach the concept of earning money and money management.