Friday, July 27, 2012

Dr Fish

We went to Dr. Fish with some of our friends.  This was an actual cafe that offered coffee, smoothies and ice cream which you have to purchase one of them before you can experience some time with the fish.  We enjoyed some breads and coffee together before we asked to take a turn with the fish.  There are two pools of fish (one with fish the size of guppies and the other with fish roughly the size of small goldfish. We had to have our feet rinsed off before we could put them in the pool. Once our feet were clean, you put your feet in and the fish come in and bite at your feet and eat the dead skin from your feet.  It doesn't hurt but it tickles a lot!  We had a lot of fun doing it.  Here are some pictures:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Field Trip to make Cookies!! Yum!

We went on a field trip this past Monday. It was a bit crazy for the teachers because we had to prepare several tests for our afternoon students for that same day. Nevertheless, it seemed that everyone had a good time.

The trip took place at a coffee shop.  My students got the chance to enjoy a fun double-decker play area. They had quite a bit of time to do this while the older kids from our school got to make their cookies. The ceiling to the play area was a bit low and the tiny steps leading upstairs were almost too small for me and I caught myself several times from falling.  Needless to say, I mostly stayed downstairs and watched from a distance.

We enjoyed some lunch and then it was our turn to make cookies! I'm not quite sure what all was said to the students about the cookies except for general gestures that were made that I could recognize.  I'm curious how the dough tasted that my students had the opportunity to sample because all I could smell was a very strong fragrance of butter.

Each child washed their hands and put on adorable aprons! After the demonstration, they were given three or four cookie cutters, a small ball of dough, and a little piece of wax paper.  They were to take a piece and flatten their dough with their fist.  With my students, the dough turned out pretty flat.  I kept having to reshape the dough and make it thicker so we didn't have any burnt cookies.  Once there were pieces of dough on the wax paper in different shapes, the demonstrator brought sprinkles around for each of the children to add to their cookies.  Some of the children had the teachers add the sprinkles for them.

 Once we were finished, the children were given a little more time to play while their cookies baked.  I got out my iPad and some of the children from our school gathered around to look at a coloring book application that I have on there.  They really enjoyed that! ;)  I never got a chance to see the finished cookies, they were wrapped up in little bags and when we returned to the school, my co-teacher had them all put in the children's backpack that I have no idea what they looked like.  I hope they enjoyed eating them as much as they did making them! :)

My School

I have been working at the same school for a little over a month now.  This year I am working for another private school.  In the am to early afternoon hours, I work with Kindergarten students (5 years). Currently I have five students but I can have up to 10 students in that class.  The class is called the Boston class because they are in the Boston classroom.
 At our school all of the rooms are named based on different cities around the world. There is Oxford, Cambridge, Boston, Toronto, London and New York.

In the afternoons, the classes vary each day.  I have a class from 240-4:50 with six second graders. I just switched classes this past week so I don't really know these students very well.  But from 5-7pm on MWF, I have a class of all girls from 3rd grade to 5th grade.  I absolutely love these six girls.  I look forward to the end of my day so I can just hang out with these girls! They are so interesting and seem to find me interesting as well. :)

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have three more kindergarten students for forty minutes. They are very sweet children but they don't seem to want to speak much English (and we're supposed to have English conversations...).  Then from 5-7pm I have five more students between 5th and sixth grade.  They are a pretty good group of students too.

This year I don't have as much lesson planning and documentation to do.  I'm still figuring out some things about my school, but I'm looking forward to a pretty good year!