Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We wrote in our journals today about something we like to do with a friend. Everyone was able to understand that they were to draw a picture of themselves with a friend. When I called S to my desk to show me what he drew he pointed to himself and called himself by name. He told me who the other 2 people were in the picture. When I asked him what they were doing he said "I don't know". He may be learning English and he may understand some but he still does not know everything he wants to say.
We are still working on the ABC's of Christmas. Today we worked on Lights. This was a new project for us this year. The instructions were to tear paper and cover the entire light bulb-so no yellow showed. This is what my friend ended up with. During this project he came up and said "glue no" and showed us his empty glue stick. A child learning English is an amazing thing.
Monday, December 7, 2009
We are in the midst of our ABC's of Christmas. We do an activity for every letter of the alphabet (angel, bell, candy cane, Dear Santa...) Not only do the children learn the sounds of the letters, they also have "stuff" to give to family and friends for Christmas AND it is fun! The other day when we were writing our Dear Santa letters one of the children came up and told us he wanted a "trashurmama". This is what my assistant and I both heard. We asked him to repeat it three times and heard the same thing each time. We finally had to ask the class what he was asking for...a transformer. Out of the mouth of babes.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Today was a day I will never forget. We were working on beginning sounds-Bb, Hh, and Mm. We started by letting the children use cards to match the sounds then moved on to the worksheet you see in the picture. I was working with this child, a child who just a short while ago lived in a refuge camp and...are you ready for this? He said a sentence!!!!!!! I would pick up a picture card and tell him what the picture was then he would tell me where it went. He was doing a great job. I picked up a card and he said "where du bus go?" I grabbed him, hugged him and screamed. He probably thought I had lost my mind but he just smiled-just like you see.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Today we made a scarecrow book. My children did a good job. They were able to read the book (The pants are blue. The boots are black.....) and knew the colors. Even my children who do not speak English were able to "read" and color. More importantly they ALL cut one page at a time-not all of them together.