A Cure for a Case of the Monday

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Today, felt like a Monday. After a big weekend it was hard to get up! But we made it to breakfast then off to the school! I have to say seeing all the kids made my case of the Mondays go away (lolrhyme). Their energy and excitement everyday is unfailing. Another lesson they have taught me.

My lesson today was really fun; it was a review of the vocab and grammar we had learned in the previous lessons. I was able to design a word search on the chalkboard at the end of our review. They loved coming up to the board and being the one to grind the word. I had a lot of fun with them too. As they were finding one of the words, I realized I forgot to include one! So I made them close their eyes while I put it up. They realized what I had done as I knew they would and laughed so hard. It was great. Then we went over our grammar lesson. We reviewed how to use "of course". We reviewed it, and then I gave them exercises to do. Most of them did very well! I was pretty happy overall. I'm glad I got to have a review day because I felt more students were able to pick up on the concept than when I taught it the first time J I think as we are getting to know each other more and more we are finding kind of our own “system” of communication between us. Therefore are becoming a little easier. I am still excited to see what the future brings though!

               During break, there wasn’t too much going on but I hear, “Teacha!” and 2 of the girls from my class invited me to come sit between them, I liked being able to just get to know them by themselves for a short time. Even though we might not speak the same language, it is fun to try to get to know each other and to see their personalities shine. I let them braid my hair, which they thought was funny (but it was a REALLY good braid ha-ha). Then more of the students came around. We taught them how to play thumb wars. They could count along with us but are working on grasping the “keep your thumb straight part.” ;) Then I worked on grading in the afternoon.

                When we got back, it was the normal routine: Class, dinner and back to homework! I’m off to bed to get ready for another beautiful day in Africa!

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