I will be teaching at the primary school until the end of the month, so I have three more weeks with those little kiddies.
The last time I taught them, we talked about vacation, since the next week they had off for the holiday. I asked them if they could go anywhere in the whole world, where would they go and why? I also had them write what they would bring and what they would do there.
I got a whole slew of answers. Most of them were pretty tame, like going to Hainan, Shanghai, or Hong Kong to go shopping, climb mountains, and take pictures. One kid said that he would go to the center of the earth where it is very hot. He would bring his sunglasses and his sister (smart!). One kid said he wanted to go to the moon and he wanted to look at Earth. These kids were more creative and had more fun with the assignment.
On the other hand, there were a few very sad and somewhat disturbing answers that were something like this:
“I want to stay at home because I have a lot of homework”.
Yikes. This is a make-believe writing assignment and they can go anywhere in the entire universe, but these kids feel it is necessary to stay at home and do their make-believe homework. It made me very sad to read this!
Today, we learned new body parts, played Simon Says and did the body song. You know, “head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes… eyes and ears and mouth and nose, etc”. I assumed that they all already knew this song and those body parts, so I changed the song lyrics with different/obscure body parts like chin, elbow, ankle, neck. It was really fun but singing a song repeatedly, loudly, and quickly, aggravated my already sore throat.
Teaching little kiddies wreaks havoc on my health. Worth it.