Colombia: Day Three
With drops of blood (literally) and sweat shed today, I think it is safe to say that it was an eventful day.
We started off our class with the typical "Good Morning Song" and a numbers review from 50 to 100. I put their counting and math skills to the test by giving everyone a certain amount of fake money and asked how much they had.
I asked "How much?"
and they would have to respond with
"I have ______ dollars"
I was honestly surprised with how quickly they caught on.
Next was an introduction to a new song! Although "BINGO" was a nice catchy tune, I decided to switch it up and have them sing "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands." Although the song was a bit too fast, the children learned how to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and shout hooray.
The fun has just begun....
The students favorite part of the day was playing the fly swatter game with the different community helpers. There were two teams -- the nurses and the soldiers-- everyone wanted to be the winning team. After various duels, the soldiers took home the big W with 8 points.
Before recess, I decided to calm them all down with a game of bingo by calling out the numbers in English. When there weren't enough red dots for everyone to place with, Santiago had the idea of using small rocks from outside. Soon everyone's hands were dusty with handfuls of rocks.
During this time, Edgar fell for the fifth time. But this time he gashed his knee causing a chaos of students shouting that he was bleeding out. It seemed as if they were more affected than Edgar himself, who sat with a blank expression on his face as if this was a daily occurrence.
Once the whole situation cooled down, my students decided to attack me with their water guns. I immediately regretted my impulsive Five Below buy.
At the end of the day, the students were now learning how to form sentences with all of the vocabulary they had learned these past three days. Sentences like "My Grandmother is a nurse." or "My dad is going to work today."
I constructed a mini city in the middle of the classroom to give them a good visual of what they have learned so far. I created the buildings out of paper bags and had mini cutouts of all the community helpers.
At the end of class, I gave them time to ask me any questions they want to ask about my life and the United States. I got many questions like
"What sports do you play?"
"How many languages do you speak?"
"How many friends do you have?"
But on occasion I would get questions like
"How many boyfriends do you have?" (Note that they didn't ask me if I had A boyfriend)
and "Are there robots in the United States?"
It was definitely a great way to end today's class.