Thursday, December 16, 2010
Last night I decorated the unicorn cookie that I made for the child I drew for the cookie exchange.
Here's what it looked like before baking. I always know it is going to plump up and try to accommodate that, but the cookie always gets fatter than I anticipate. I think the rainbow mane and tail put it a little over-the-top, but since it is for a 2nd grade girl, I think it is fine to be outlandishly colorful.
Here are some of the student cookies:
The children definitely make over-the-top cookies. I never really eat mine... I nibble at it and let the child know how delicious it is.
Tomorrow, during the last part of the school day, all of the 1st - 6th grade children and teachers (all 3 of us) will gather in a big circle on the floor with our cookies. We start off with, "Who has a cookie for ____?" The child who has made a cookie for that person gets up and gives the child his/her cookie, and everyone ooohs and ahhs over the cookie art. We continue until we have gone around the room, given each person a cookie, and admired each cookie. Then we sing a Christmas song and a Chanukkah song, then everyone goes home to begin winter break.
Tonight, though, is our holiday concert. The kids are sounding great and have some really good instrumentals as well. I will be accompanying one group with my guitar.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Today we began to make our cookies for the traditional school cookie exchange, a much anticipated tradition. First everyone gets a ball of cookie dough to form into a cookie:
Next they make a cookie to decorate later. Some children make a pretty basic shape to personalize later with the icing.
Other children really take time to make the cookie's foundation something really special. This child is making a lotus for the person she drew. It is all Top Secret. No one is supposed to know who the cookie is for except for the cookie artist until we pass out the cookies on Friday.
Here is a short article about the exchange by one of my students:
"The Cookie Exchange, By G. C.
Here at Antioch School we've been sticking to several traditions throughout the year, notably the cookie exchange. Every year, on the last day before winter break, the Younger Group, Older Group, and teachers gather in the Art and Science room to exchange the cookies we've been making for the past week. On the Friday of the week before, we pick names from a hat. And when it's time to give the cookies, we gather in a big circle, pick someone, and the person who got their name gives them their cookie. Then that person gets their cookie from someone else, and so on! Why do we do it? It's fun, festive, and as I said, a notable tradition."
This is the cookie I have crafted for the child I drew this year (it won't get decorated until tomorrow):
And this is the cookie I made last year. The recipient is a huge Stella fan:
The poor child who I made this cookie for couldn't bring herself to eat it it even after I reassured her that it was edible art. A year later, it is still in her freezer.
We are all looking forward to Friday when we can give our cookies to our special person whose name we drew from a hat last Friday. It will be our last activity before we break for our winter break.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Life has its ups and downs, twists and turns, storms and calm.... it is the nature of life. The sands of change shift, and that which seems constant also changes, bit by bit, almost invisibly. That is actually part of the joy of life. Each new day, new hour, new minute, presents the opportunity for growth and discovery.
Today's a new day and I intend to fully enjoy and savor it! I hope your day is a lovely one.
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