Spring! Let’s Start It Up!

Friiiidaaay! =))

There is a reason I’m extra happy today! It is Easter break for kids which means 8 days of no school! Lovely! 🙂 And just in time! I really do need a break from little voices going Teacher this, teacher that!

Since it’s such a nice and sunny day, I took a walk and window shopped a bit (that sound so weird, idk).

So I thought I would share a nice Croatian product today. 

These sneakers are called Startas made by Borovo.

Borovo started with the manufacturing in 1931. Their first Startas were made in 1976 and they mere ment as shoes for playing table tennis, but they grew to be their best selling item all the way to the 1991 (if you’re wondering why that year exactly, there was a war in my country, but that’s a whole other story).

They were really popular in 70s and 80s. They lost their popularity for a while, but they did a rebrand a couple of years ago, put out some new ones and they are back in the game! As they should be! It’s always good to support products form your country and they are not only comfortable, but also nice looking.

Basically, they are canvas shoes. Similar to Converse except they don’t have the rubber part in front.

Here are some pics.

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These with the swallows are the ones that caught my eye today! Aren’t they nice? Just for the spring time! 🙂

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You can find them in all sorts of colours and fun designs! You can get them with or without a bow.

There are, of course, ones in basic colours (white, black and dark blue). A lot of girls started buying white ones and decorating them themselves which is also fun.

Like this…

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Then, there are also Borosane. The first ones were made in 1968 by a team of experts with dr. Branko Strinović, an orthopaedist. At that time, nobody really wore them except nurses. They have a really hard job and they are on their feet the whole day so they wore Borosane because they are really comfortable (after all, an orthopaedist designed them so they can’t be that bad for you, can they?).

They are also canvas shoes and they are cut out in the front for the toes and in the back where the heels is.

But, as I said, after the rebrand they gained in their popularity. I can’t say they are my favourite, but other girls like them.

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The prices range from about 30-45$.

 

What do you think?

Do you like them?

Which ones would you choose? 🙂

Who stole the cookie?!

I can’t believe I didn’t try this earlier!

This is so simple and so great!

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I tried it with 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and they loved it! They could have played it the whole 45 minutes! I thought 3rd graders would be too ”old” for it, but they’re not. 4th graders probably are, haven’t tried it with them yet.

Here is a link to You tube (the most realistic I could find):

There are several versions.

Everybody: Who stole/took the cookie from the cookie jar? Ivan stole/took the cookie from the cookie jar!
Pupil: Who me?
E: Yes, you!
P: Not me!/ Couldn’t be!
E: Then who?

The pupil then nominates someone and so on.

I even sewn a little cookie which they love.

I think next time I’ll adopt it for when we learn food.

I’ll show a pic of a food we’re looking for (e.g. carrot) and the text would go: Who stole the carrot from the fridge? 
You just have to sing it so it would fit the rhythm, but it could work!

Anyway, a great game! 🙂

School Masquerade

I just got back home when I realized tomorrow is maškare. We also call it poklade or fašnik. In short, it is the period before Lent when everybody dresses up in masks. There are parties and parades. And lots of doughnuts! But not the kinds with the whole in it, no! This is a real doughnut to me!

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It is really fun!

Tomorrow is the last day and we are having a masquerade in school for the children. Of course this is something they really enjoy (especially the little ones I teach) and they were asking me the whole day if I’m going to wear a costume. And the answer is, of course – YES!

I love dressing up! I love themed parties! So maškare is the perfect excuse to do so! 🙂

I didn’t really think I was going to. Since I’m the new guy at my school I don’t know how big of a deal this is there. I don’t want to be too elaborate with my costume, but I still want to wear one.

This is what I came up with with zero money to spend and zero time to make something for tomorrow!

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I really don’t know which one to wear yet.

Mad Hatter I wanted to do since last year, but I want to do it big so that one is out.
And to be honest they probably won’t know who I am anyway. 😦 Especially Marry Poppins so I guess not that one. I’m not even sure if they’ll know Wednesday or Olive. Maybe Olive if I mention the name Popeye. Oh, so sad…

Anyway, it’s between Wednesday, Olive and Marry.

I would love to get your feedback so I can decide better.
What do you think?