|A folder I made for a student|
The kids were great from the start. Although they had just finished an entire school year they still loved working and learning more stuff. As I had been out of teaching for an entire year, I too was excited to be there.
|At the Mt. Igeldo Amusement Park on a sunny day|
|My students showing off their medals|
|Charades with beach vocabulary|
Each week we did a bunch of vocab exercises, grammar work, crosswords, wordsearches, games like charades to practice the vocab and reading stories. Then, this Friday we added onto it by seeing the Olympics in action - we held our own games! What looked like something out of a family reunion in the States, the kids were elated to do garbage sack races, spoon races with cotton balls, 3-legged races and more. I had made some medals out of metallic paper and after each even we would have a medal ceremony. For just being paper, the kids idolized the medals and were extremely excited to have me put one around their neck.
|Mummy Wrapping - the next Olympic Sport!|
|Field Trip to the Library!|
|The folder of the boy who cried he loved camp so much!|
While only a 20-day course, I feel that my teaching buzz has been re-energized. I almost lost it there for awhile, because you can only 'teach' so much to a 1-year old, but back into the swing of things with elementary school kids, I had a blast just like the kids. One kid today, when his mom came to pick him up, told me, 'Ok Ms. Amanda, I have to go home now' and I gave him his folder for the week (a medal podium in which he was the gold medal winner and two of his Summer Camp friends were silver and bronze) and gave him a little side hug and said he did great during the Camp and that I hope he had a great summer. He ran off and I was a bit surprised at his reaction until a co-worker said she thought she saw he had started to cry. My heart dropped. I ran after him, along with all the girls in my class, up to his mother's car and she looked equally alarmed. She asked me what had happened and I said I had just given him his folder and a hug and he burst out into tears! What had I done?! Are my hugs THAT bad? In between tears he told her that he had had such a great time that he didn't want the summer camp to end and that he wanted it to be next summer camp already so he could come back and have more fun! The girls and I huddled up and gave him a group hug and he gave me one more hug and then got into his car. THAT is why I love teaching. Thank you Summer Camp for making me remember that and also sending me off to vacation with that as my last impression.