This week we began the third subject of teaching: short phrases. This week was especially difficult for the kids because it was a lot of new information for them to process. The kids were much more rowdy this week, and they didn't want to listen or pay attention. Ms. Hartfiel explained that there was a lot of sickness going around that had been interrupting their daily schedule so this makes sense. I definitely need to improve on getting the kids back on track when they wander off. I give into tangents too easily because I want to keep them happy and entertained, but this sometimes interferes with their learning. This week I saw one of my students at gustavus (he was there for big partner little partner) and he came up to me and said hi and was very excited. This just reminded me that the connections you make extend outside the volunteer opportunity itself. I'm learning so much about the best way to talk to children, and since I'm especially interested in pediatric medicine, this will hopefully be very helpful in my future career.
My buddy won bingo and was able to select a prize--which he was super happy about. He also loved the apple slices with caramel and candy corn! We had lots of fun at the fall party!
Played hide and go seek and tag in the Dive.
Time seemed to fly by, as I spent most of it by working on a book talk with a student.
Today was the first day of a new lesson. The kids where really excited about it. I had the game Simon dice and because it was new vocabulary it was very slow and they needed a lot of help matching the actions but toward the end they were starting to get it. While reading the book the kids had a lot of questions and comments so it was a little bit tricky keeping them on task.