I can’t believe this is our last week! It feels like we just got here not too long along. Today was our first day at school 25 which is approximately 30 minutes away taking the metro from my house. Although the metro was packed because of rush hour it wasn’t bad at all. When we arrived to the school a lot of students were dressed up for the Chile World Cup game. Students had their faces painted and were wearing colors that represented Chile! I am working with Marcella who teaches English to students in pre-kindergarden, kindergarden, first grade, and second grade. Before our class started this morning she told me a little about their day to day schedule and the school.Their typical school day is 8:00-4:45 and once a week it is 8:00-6:00, so many teachers don’t have time to make the “perfect” lesson plans which can make their days very stressful, but the kids are so affectionate and loving that all of the hard work pays off.
I absolutely loved all of my students today. They were all so sweet and tried their best to speak English with me. Although my Spanish still isn’t that strong I understood what most of them were saying when they would speak slowly. Today I taught two classes of first graders; in both classes we had an objective which was to recall the members of the family. As a class we made a list which included: Mother, father, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, uncle, aunt, uncle, cousin, and baby. These were all taught previously by Marcella, so it was just a refresher for the students. After I handed out the worksheets and we started to work through each sentence together.
A little bit later I had lunch with some of the students I worked with and we talked about my family. I brought a bunch of pictures to show my students and they all were so excited. They crowded around while I showed them pictures of my parents, sisters, dogs, and extended family. It was really a great moment. After we ate and looked at the pictures I joined them outside for their recess which had a lot more freedom! The students were having so much fun running around and playing with their friends. A few students and I decided to play hop-scotch which was awesome because our language barrier didn’t affect the fun we had!