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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

End of school year fun!

Phew! It's been such a busy past two weeks with both my school year and Noah's coming to an end. Last week I accompanied Noah's class on a field trip to an old time village called "Village D'Antan. It consists of actors dressed in period clothes from the beginning of the 20th century in Quebec. The buildings, clothes, furniture in the houses, etc dates from that time period. Those who work there either act out a role or explain what their character would have done at that time. It was quite interesting but it was also such a hot day. Noah of course had no real interest in knowing anything about this time period so we kind of scurried along the village although at times we were also with our group.

Noah with some of his classmates at the entrance to the village. I was so impressed and proud by Noah's classmates. Noah is mildly autistic and everyone in his class, and even in the school is aware of autism because of him. They are accepting of Noah and try to help him cope with his anxiety. They are like a small community taking care of him. It makes me proud to know they will grow up to be accepting of those who are different, unlike our neighbours (yes we still have some problems with them).

This building kind of made me laugh because it is where they made brooms and other things. What made me laugh is that French Quebec was a VERY religiously controled province up until at least the 1960's/1970's and I find these brooms look like they were made for witches. Ha!

A scene from walking in the village.

The General Store where we could buy cookies, candy, bread, maple products, etc. The products sold were similar to those they had in the old days. Noah didn't like being in the store as it was too crowded. It was quite overwhelming for him because of all the people and it was a new place to him. Autistics don't usually do well when something is new to them. Personally I liked the store.

Noah in front of a sign for the town shoemaker.

This past Tuesday we had a field trip for the children of the school where I teach. They are preschoolers. We went to a park, "Les Gorges de Coaticook", where you can have a poney ride, picnic, see farm animals and also walk in the forest. It was such a gorgeous day. This pretty round building is where they welcome you.

This is actually when you arrive at the park. It is such a lovely place.

Here are the sheep and the goat that greeted us at the farm. They were quite funny. I went into their living area with some children and we could feed them. Both children and animals were thrilled.

This evening has been quite busy with me making thank you cards for the teachers and getting their gift certificates organized (I had wanted to make gifts but didn't get around to it), and also making 25 chocolate suckers for Noah's class with only one mold with three monkeys. It's been a long process and I'm still not done. Aren't they just cute? I wrapped them up too to make sure nobody gets into them tonight.

Last Saturday I went to a scrapbooking crop. I didn't really do much of anything except chat though. I always find these crops difficult because I would need to bring my entire craft room with me. Anyhow, I was there from 1:00pm until 8:00pm. Everyone got a door price and I got this fantastic vintage set from Bo Bunny. Yay! The ribbon on the left I got as a prize for a challenge.

In other news, Canada Post is on strike and has been since the beginning of June. At first the mail was moving albeit slowly but on June 13th everything came to a halt so I've had nothing in my mailbox for two weeks. Makes me SO mad! At least legislation is being passed so they'll have to go back to work. Hopefully by next week mail be moving again.

Okay, so back to the chocolate. :)


  1. i truly enjoyed this post. love your work..keep up the good work. Nice blog!


  2. I'm glad you are back and I'm glad you have had such a wonderful time with both Noah and your students! The set you got looks adorable :)
    Have a nice Friday!
    (This is Maria, I don't know why it says 'anonymous')