Yesterday was the last day that I worked with the kids from South Elementary and it was one of their last days of school as well. We did not do much reading, but it was fun to be there with them while they were celebrating the end of their year. Looking back on the entire semester with them, I am glad that this was a requirement for the Spanish class because it did benefit me even if Spanish was only used for smaller words occasionally. I learned how to be more patient with younger kids, but also enjoy their tendency to become distracted during work time. It was enjoyable to be able to see the growth that happened for all of them just in the last few months. I enjoyed language buddies a lot and I am thankful for the opportunity.
Last week the students got quite a bit more distracted than usual and it was noticeable that they were excited about summer. With this challange, it was hard to find ways to keep them on task, but one way I did this was quizzing a few of them on smaller English words and I would ask them what it was in Spanish and they focused more because I think they liked the fact I could relate to them with the Spanish vocabulary. This was interesting for me too because of the connection that was made. I am impressed with how much the students have grown over the past semester and how they have become very comfortable with me.
Today was challenging because of the attention span of the kids. They are becoming a lot more comfortable with me so it makes it harder for them to work on their assigned work because a lot of the time they just want to talk with me and socialize. Today one of the girls I work with did not receive any stars that they usually get because she was not focusing or listening to anything. I felt bad but was how it had to be handled for the lesson to be learned. I enjoy reading with the kids a lot and hopefully, I can go back next year and volunteer just outside of language buddies and go during my free times just to help with the kids.
Lately, the students seem to be becoming more distracted in class, but things still go smoothly because Mrs. DeRemer is a very good teacher and has a lot of patience with her students and I admire her a lot for it. The kids who are from Spanish speaking countries have been speaking in some Spanish lately. They found out I was enrolled in a Spanish class and then started saying a few words in Spanish and now I ask them simple vocabulary words and it allows them to be more comfortable I think.