I'm a bit behind on this blog, and so I'm taking my sister Emily's advice and I'm giving a Top 5 list for today. Hope that works :)
|Kay - one of us volunteers. I just think she's so beautiful - she's a really neat part of our group.|
* Running early in the morning through our Rising Star Outreach campus - this consists of our "Elephant House" hostel, the school, the student eating/performing outdoor building, the students' hostel (the kids put out their laundry early in the morning so it's fun to see them), and the grove of palm trees.
|For play time, Marilyn put together a fun group of "Olympic" games. Although it was a little crazy, it really ended up to be quite the fun afternoon with all of the students. They just looooove to have fun :)|
* Tutoring English - we spent 5 or 6 periods reading individually with students the story Hansel & Gretel - got that one memorized now! It was really fun to see when the kids were into it, when they wanted to figure out how you say different words they were reading, and when they were comprehending the story...and then tough for me when certain ones wanted to be doing anything but reading ;), but it was a really great experience overall. I looooove education.
* Math & Reading with my group during family time in the evening (7:30-8:30pm). Something about that time is super sweet and I love how all the boys wanted to play with my head lamp. They would all swear to me that they would use it for just one minute and be very careful with it :) They got a big kick out of that light - thanks Tim!
* Getting to know their names and hearing them call out my name.
I brought my little notebook with me everywhere I went and wrote down all the names of the kids I worked with and played with along with a description of who they are. I won't remember all 235 of them, but hopefully, I can get to know a good group of them. They love it when you remember their names. And they are really such good kids. I know they do this to everyone, but I also really love hearing them call out my name with their happy voices, even if they are just saying my name because I'm a white girl, it just makes me happy.
|Setting up for dinner. We eat here on top of our hostel roof each night at about 6pm.|