Day 5- Jutiapa, Guatemala
Today was our last real lesson so I wanted to cram in as much information in their heads as possible! I knew each student was capable to understand and learn all I threw at them with just a little practice after introducing it.
After our usual, Good Morning Song, we had a quick review of the clock, family members, and creating sentences using "have". We even used what we had learned from the first day of class, animals, and incorporated it into our sentences. They created sentences using "have" with both family members and animals! For example: "I have one cat" and "You have three uncles".
After the review, we jumped right into learning several different locations. I would typically write the word in Spanish first then write what the word is in English. For some of the locations, I would get gasps and surprised responses from the translations. This was because you spelled the word the same exact way, such as hospital and hospital. It actually made me laugh watching their facial expressions after writing the translations and then explaining the pronunciation difference. I could see the confusion crawl on their face followed by a surprised, eyebrow-raising look of comprehension.
The best way to practice anything while having fun at the same time is of course the fly swatter game! They took several turns competing against each other to see who swatted the correct location first.
Continuing on with our lesson, we learned the verb "to go" and "to be". They struggled a bit more on this but I committed myself to teaching it over again and giving examples until they understood it.
The students would come up the board to practice writing sentences. I would mix it up by writing the sentence in Spanish then having them translate into English as well as writing sentences in English and having them write it in Spanish.
I could see by their faces that they were exhausted from all the new information and practicing we did, so to finish the class off in a tranquil way, I told them to sit and relax while I shared with them the American culture and holidays. I first told them to share with me what they did in Jutiapa for a certain holiday then shared what we do in the U.S. We did have some similarities but also differences. There is no chimney-climbing Santa Claus or the Leprechaun man who's trying to find gold, down in Guatemala. ( They found the tradition absurd of having to wear green on St. Patrick's Day or you will get pinched. I don't blame them though, I do too.). Yet, they did know most of the American food since they eat it over there too. They all said they loved american food! This reassured me since tomorrows little surprise for the students involved American food.
I am most likely the worst artist out there, and their giggling at my drawings confirmed it, but it was hopefully enough so that they understood the American culture.
Who doesn't love candy?
Before the children left I offered them candy but of course being my sneaky self, they had to ask me in English.
13 "candy please" later, we had finished our second to last day of class. It is crazy to see how quickly the classes have passed by! Tomorrow will be our last day!!!!!!