sábado, 16 de julio de 2011

Camp: Week 2

This week at camp went great!  Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to many of our volunteers from the first week, but we gained two girls from the U.S. who jumped right in and helped to maintain the same level of structure and fun for the campers. 

More students signed up this week so we are up to a total of about 15 campers all together.  They are very enthusiastic about learning and, this week, we are beginning to see some concrete progress.  Almost every child can name all the colors and can count to ten easily. We continue to practice the skills taught from week to week while adding on new vocabulary. 

This week our focus was on clothing and parts of the body.  The campers learned one of their favorite songs so far:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes!

It's great to see them using the song as a reference when asked to name body parts while in different contexts.  They all practiced some reading this week and are becoming more and more familiar with letter sounds in English.   During the morning meetings we asked the children to name what they are wearing and they all seemed to enjoy this (especially when they announced their clothing while clapping their hands in a rhythm). 

We ended the week with what was probably the campers favorite activity, a water balloon fight!  The kids practiced all of their vocabulary while playing games with the water balloons.  The structured game crumbled, however when the campers (and counselors) decided it was way too hot not to just get wet :)

Next week, we hope to work on prepositions and pronouns.  It's exciting to see the quick progress of the students; it's time to challenge them now with full sentences!

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