I arrived to my 7 kids today filled with plans . They were so happy to see me and excited about their new gadget: a calculator they bought themselves.
They were also very distracted, noisy and pretty difficult to work with. I still managed to have some interesting activities.
#1 Numbers Evaluation with a calculator.
I wanted to evaluate their numbers recognition so I gave them some calculus: Two Plus Seven Equals Nine, Ten Divided to Two Equals Five … They really liked it because of the calculator but we still need to practice on numbers.
# The Colours
After writing again the colours and repeating them, we had little evaluation with these flashcards. Also practiced some reading.
# The verb „to have”
We’ve first learnt the pronouns having some problems on ‘we’ pronunciation. But it was ok in the end. After learning the verb ‘to have’, each child made simple sentences with it.
Instead of conclusion
I have put a lot of heart in this activity and I am happy to see results as tiny as they can be. Today I left the apartment pretty discouraged. It’s hard to have focused kids eager to learn English on a Sunday afternoon.
I strongly wish to make them dream more about what they can become and get them more involved. I believe I am turning into a better version of myself every time because I cannot inspire them otherwise. I was always a fighter and a dreamer but these kids really make the best of me. It is the best thing they can give me in return. My only hope is to not disappoint them.
Today I met for the first time Diana, my teaching partner from Ajungem Mari educational project. You can read more about the project here: Da-ti pasiunea mai departe! She’s 17, very kind, the children loved her immediately and I am confident we can come up with a lot of great activities for the kids.
We teach English to 7 little dwarfs and they seem pretty happy to have not one but two White-Snows :))) They are smart, friendly, eager to learn new things, curious…they are amazing and we are very lucky to have the chance to spend 2 hours with them every Sunday. Their social assistant is also a nice person and it seems to take good care of them :).
I was very nervous for our first class and I packed a bag full of books, worksheets and other „goodies”, also sweets and candies aka motivational stuff and went to their place.
Me and D. planned to introduce ourselves to the little ones and to set some ground rules. Also to have a basic lesson about numbers and ABC. So I will explain below exactly how our activity was.
Hello! My name is… and I am X years old. Nice to meet you! (They weren’t very good at numbers so we went on with…)
Learning the numbers
Repeating the numbers 1 to 10 together, clear and loud
Introducing the song How Old Are You? about numbers and age
Writing down the numbers 1 to 10
Learning the ABC
Pronunciation and one word for each letter – flashcards activity
Now I know my ABC song
We really had a good time and after actually meeting the children we have lots and lots of ideas for the next weeks. Every Sunday you can check out our lesson plans on the blog and support us with your comments.