Sunday, May 1, 2011

Partying With My Students

Those of us in the English Language Institute in International Programs at Colorado State University-Pueblo have been partying the past few weeks.  I am just now getting the photos downloaded and posted.  I realize that Easter happened a week ago, but I really did want to share a bit about our fun Easter Egg Dyeing Party we had on the Friday before Easter.

On Fridays, we always have an activity for our students.  We have had some fun times throughout the semester by doing such things as riding the bus downtown to a coffee shop, touring the main library in town and a smaller branch library, walking along the Arkansas River and eating at the restaurant at the Nature Center.  Each of these activities were planned to allow the students to become better acquainted with the community in which the University is located.  

In order to familiarize the students with the campus itself, we held a scavenger hunt on campus.  The students were not familiar with the term "scavenger hunt" and had never been on one.  That didn't mean they didn't get into the activity with great enthusiasm.  They had to quickly familiarize themselves with various sites, departments, and people around campus if they wanted to win.  Once the hunt was on, the competitive nature of the teams became very apparent.  Fun times!

A Cultural Activity - Dyeing Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Cake and Easter Bunny Cookies
The Birthday Boy


On the Friday before Easter, we had a cultural event activity.  We dyed Easter eggs.  None of the students had ever dyed Easter eggs before.  They were excited to begin the new activity.  

Since Easter Sunday was going to be Mauricio's birthday, we celebrated with an Easter egg cake before getting down to work.

The students had to protect the tables used for the activity and read the directions about how to dye the eggs before we could begin.
Reading the directions
I think we need some vinegar

Shin had done her research.  Before class, she had googled Easter Eggs on her iPad.  She shows what the eggs should look like to the others.

We had 7 1/2 dozen eggs to dye.  It took us three hours to color the ones that didn't get eaten.  It was great fun!












A toast is made
Woo Huck toasts us with something that is pink.
It is not champaign.


How many eggs have you eaten?  Do you want some salt?  
What could be better than coloring eggs and eating Easter bunny cookies?



Glitter was added for a special look.


A bunny face was drawn on the egg by using the practice drawing as a pattern.


The creativity of each participant was fun to see.


Shin was very proud of her eggs.


Mauricio was determined to dye an egg black.  It didn't work, but he kept trying.


We decided to have a contest.  This Happy Family entry was entered in the "Most Creative" category.


Jung Hee entered eggs that she called, "Woo Huck and Shin."


Our judges were our faithful volunteers, Walter and Alda.


This rainbow was entered in the "Most Beautiful" category.


Walter selected this egg as "Most Beautiful."


We made Easter baskets to distribute to others and to take home.


Every student must taste a Peep.  They didn't like them at all!

I was given this beautiful basket to take home.



I will always treasure the memories we made this day.  Working with international students is an enriching and rewarding adventure.  Can you believe I get paid for having this much fun?

Stay tuned for this past week's party...
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