Day 4- Jutiapa, Guatemala
We got back on track after our weekend and continued with our lesson.
Luck was back on our side and we had a classroom at the school to teach in! I was so thankful because teaching on the small white board was more time consuming, having to wait for the children to finish writing down the translation before erasing and continuing on with the next.
After the usual class introduction of the "Good Morning Song", I decided to start the class with a fun round of the fly swatter game using what we had learned yesterday.
I taught them the clock: the hour hand, the minute hand, how to read it, and how to say it in English. Most of the students didn't know how to read the clock before this lesson but caught on quick after I explained it once.
We also began constructing sentences using "to have", family members, and personal pronouns.
Today also included a fun art project using the types of hair colors, lengths, and shapes. I think the kids really enjoyed creating the different hair styles!
William, without being asked to, challenged himself to recite the numbers 1-100 in front of the whole class! I was so proud of him! His brave actions even encouraged another student to recite the numbers 1-100 as well!
It excites me so much to see all that the children have learned in only four days! All the students are so intelligent and hard workers. I push them to take notes and they follow along without any complaints. I did not think I would enjoy teaching as much as I do!
Being in a leadership position as a counselor/teacher at Chicos and Kids in Colombia gave me a sense of purpose. It made me feel older and wiser; as someone who the kids looked up to.
Stephanie was recently announced a 2015 Peace First Prize finalist for her work with Chicos and Kids. Her peacemaking work has been recognized nationally along with twenty-six other young peacemakers.
I originally planned on the last day of class to be Tuesday, but since the children had no school on Monday and the principal allowed them to come in anyways, we combined both classes into one. In the first two hours of class I planned on having our last lesson.
Today's lesson was crammed with A LOT of information! I let the students know before hand to stay alert and pay attention.
After our usual Good Morning Song and short review, we quickly got into learning the family members. I learned a tad bit myself in this lesson and from the children!
Most of today's class consisted of hair: hair types, lengths and colors.
We incorporated "I have" to create more sentences! Each student was assigned to construct an accurate sentence of what type of hair they had. Fortunately, everyone had a paper that they used as a reference which included the different hair types, lengths and colors. They could all use a break from taking notes!
Today was our third day of class already! Three days down, three more to go.
As for every class, we began with a short review. Having been taught a lot yesterday, there was a large quantity that was reviewed, so every person got the chance to go up to the board to match words or fill in the blanks at least twice.
It's 7:30 a.m. but I am wide awake and the children are ready to learn.
After the Good Morning Song and a short review of yesterday's first lesson, we jumped right into learning something new-verbs. I had a handful of verbs translated for them, but I also gave them the opportunity to ask me what verbs they wanted to know that I had not mentioned. The asking could have gone on forever!
A second mission I vow to achieve. . . . .
From my grandmother's house in Jutiapa, Guatemala, from my fathers side, we traveled to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, where my second grandmother lives, from my mother's side. Upon arriving, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were so enthusiastic about me teaching English classes! It really helped by giving me confidence and reassurance of teaching another English class.
Today was our final day of class. . .
I was filled with several different emotions; from sadness, to pure relief, to gratitude and pride.
Today's final day consisted of a large review, from the first day of class to yesterday's lesson, from simple colors, to creating complex sentences. I was so pleased with how they knew everything from the start!