Thanksgiving Traditions

Hi Everyone, Since Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, we talked about all things related to the holiday. We started talking about what we know about the holiday, why is it celebrated and what are some of the traditions celebrated. Obviously it’s about the food, particularly the turkey! Then there’s parades, football, family, friends, oh, and the…

Climate Activism And Art

Hi Everyone, Yesterday we talked about the recent news reports about climate activists tossing tomato soup on Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting to protest climate change. What’s your reaction to this dramatic form of activism??? But, before we started that discussion we did a quick review of some related vocabulary around water, water and climate issues…

Halloween Treats!

Hi Everyone, Well with Halloween just days away it seemed like a good time to have our annual Halloween party! Happy Halloween! We talked about how we all celebrate this holiday and agreed that it is fun time! We started out by watching this Charlie Brown video, where everyone is getting into their Halloween costumes…

Everyday Leadership

Hi Everyone, Yesterday, a perfect fall day, we talked about leaders and leadership. First we brainstormed what adjectives describe a leader – charismatic, scaring, strong, wise, intelligent, thoughtful, respectful, openminded, brave, and also mean, cruel, etc. We talked about examples of leaders, like, Churchill, FDR, Mozart, Elon Musk, Vladimir Zelensky, and lots more. So, basically,…

We Are Our World

Hi Everyone, With a world population of more than 7.75 billion people, our world is a diverse, complex place! So, to help with our understanding of the people of our world we took a look at the “100 People: A World Portrait” project. This is an attempt to educate people all over the world about…

The Sounds And Noise Of The City – Boston’s Soundscape

Hi Everyone, Yesterday we talked about sounds and noises – how are they different and what are some examples of sounds and noises. Sounds (noun) are vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear. Noise (noun) is a sound, especially one that…

Turning No Into Yes!

Hi Everyone, On Friday, we began our discussion talking about fears and phobias. We discussed fear related emotions , feelings and phobias. We reviewed the following words: frightened – a sudden fear horrified – a state of shock terrified – an intense overpowering fear Then we took a quick look at some idioms used to…

The Joys Of Boredom

Hi Everyone, What beautiful weather we are having here! Well, Friday we talked all about boredom…. ennui, weariness, tedium…. We started by listing all the words we could come up with that described boredom, and why we get bored. We discussed some ways we show boredom – shrug our shoulder, sigh, frown, or just close…

Halfway Down – A Single Life

Hi Everyone, Friday’s conversation was about life! We started out looking at this drawing This is a drawing of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh from A.A. Milne’s 1924 poem “Halfway Down” published in the book :When We Were Very Young”. We looked at the poem in 8 strips which were not in order Then…

Calories On Menus

Hi Everyone, We began our conversation yesterday by asking each other some of these questions about restaurants and food choices based on these cards below: How often do you eatout? How often do you gettake out? What’s your favoriterestaurant? How much do you usuallytip? Have you ever worked ina restaurant? Do you prefer homecooked food…