It's not as easy as ABC

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Yesterday the afterschoolers had to draw a happy memory. There were some very good drawings-better than any I could have attempted. The older Preschool children continued with their workbooks. The book has a range of exercises from coloring, to matching, to tracing patterns. They are all hungry to learn and yesterday they wanted to carry on with their work rather than play outside! The younger ones on the other hand were quite content to color in one of my traced tigers and then play with bricks and Lego!
Today the preschool's story was "The Hungry Caterpillar". It was only when I was reading it to them that I realized I don't think I had read it before even though it was everywhere when you were younger! Maybe I did but I couldn't remember any of it! Their class time was used to learn the letters "E" and "F". This means recognized, writing and thinking of word beginning with the letter. The book teaches them with capital letters. I have noticed before that the afterschoolers tend to write in capitals more and recognize the words more easily if they are written in capitals. It's all making sense now!
The first afterschool class today was my usual Thursday class. It was the first time I'd seen them since the holidays so again I went over their exam papers. The second class was the youngest afterschool children, whom I had only taught once or twice before. I soon realized they had very limited English ability. Some can't recognize some letters or write. I would say the preschool children are at the same level, if not better than most of them at English. It took most of the lesson for them to do one exercise which was matching the letter to the word that it started with. I'm glad I get to teach them now as that'll mean I'll have gotten to know all the children - plus with this class you get to use a blackboard and not a whiteboard! You can't beat that! While they were all waiting for the bus, some of the older children taught me a great wee trick that makes it look like you've cut the tip of your thumb off and are sliding it up and down your hand! Kept me entertained for hours (well the 10minutes until the bus came)!
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