We travelled far - all round the room

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:54 am
smallhobbit: (screech owl)
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Last week was badge night.  We had a special badge tester in - an ex-guider - to do a lot of the testing, and we picked up a few.  We were all, including our tester, extremely impressed with the variety of badges the Brownies had chosen, and the standard they achieved.  Just so you know what a Brownie can do, with a little help at home, here's the full list: Booklover, Cook (more buns, colourfully iced), Fire Safety (which last week proved very appropriate), Sport (Football - most of it signed off by her coach, I did the final clause), Brownie Skills, Home Skills, Hostess (2 of, cups of tea for all leaders), Craft (3 of), Designer, Friend to Animals (she's adopted a cheetah - the toy version came in), and Wildlife Explorer.

And this week we all worked for our World Traveller badge.  Once their passports had been issued, the Brownies were divided into three groups (one of the sixes was split to join the other three sixes) to tackle three tasks (aka badge clauses).  The first task was to play Kim's Game, which is where a selection of items are laid on a tray, and the girls had to remember and list them afterwards.  There were a selection of souvenirs from various countries, together with cookery and guide books; one of my dragons and Edel Lion came to help.  The Brownies individually listed what they could remember and then each group combined their list to see if they'd remembered everything.  Each group managed 15 out of the 17 items, which is good.  Strangely, they all forgot the suntan lotion.

The next task was a quiz identifying which countries the international car registration marks related to.  I had chosen all European countries, some easier than others, including GBZ for our recent transfer from Gibraltar.  Two of the groups managed quite well, with some surprises as to who knew what.  One group floundered, but Brown Owl was there to assist.

The final task gave each girl a cardboard doll to colour with the correct uniform for a Brownie (or the equivalent) from around the world.  My flist, as ever, turned up trumps, so I had details from Ireland, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia for them to choose from.  On the back of the doll they wrote the country, the date when GirlGuiding started there, and what they would be called if they were guiding in that country.  For a simple task it was really popular and there were several requests to take the dolls home, which all of them did.

Lastly, they went into their two language groups, and after a quick revision, the French speakers and the Spanish speakrs faced each other, counted from one to ten, said Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye.  And a number of them looked pleased at what they'd remembered.

For each completed task they received a stamp on the back of their passports.  And with four stamps they all received a badge.  They then went home with badge, passport and doll, together with their individual badges for the week before.

World traveller

of handwaving students

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:01 am
tetsubinatu: (mermaid)
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I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction where Hermione waves her hand in the air in her eagerness to answer questions, and it reminded me of a parent-teacher interview I had with my middle son's teacher in 6th grade.

"He wants to answer all the questions," said Mr D. "I had to explain to him that I know he knows the answer, but that everyone else in the class needs a chance to show what they can do so that I can teach them too."

Apparently my son considered this reasonable but then he went away and came back with a chart of hand-signals so that Mr D would know if he 'knew the answer', 'knew the answer but had something interesting to add', 'was not signalling about the answer but had something different to say' etc. There were about 10 signals.

I started to laugh. Then Mr D said plaintively, "I suppose I should feel honoured that he thinks I'm smart enough to learn all the signals..." and I just lost it. I laughed until the tears came to my eyes.

I love that boy and Mr D. was the best!
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 I've started this blogpost a couple of times, but couldn't decide what to ramble about.

Should I talk about spending my hard-earned cash (I'm getting a new phone, because shiny and on offer; and we're getting the gas boiler replaced)?  I could mention a little about my grandfathers and father and other relatives.  Maybe I could mutter about Dreamwidth, but really I've said most of it before.

I don't even have any memes lined up to do.

So instead I'm throwing it open to you, dear flist.  Is there anything you'd like to know about me?  Ask away, and I'll attempt to answer in the comments.  Or if I've got lots to say on the subject then I might even give it a post of its own.

ETA: I've just found a [community profile] holmestice  treat written for me, which is brilliant.  If you haven't seen it already, do take a look: The Case of the Six Marmalades

2nd ETA: Title changed in case anyone did.