Monday, October 28, 2013

Pumpkins and PreSchool at Voluntari

Since we don't have a girl's program this fall and no fall teams, Jen and I found ourselves with a little extra time on our hands (how can this be?)!  We decided that since the preschool kids at Voluntari weren't going to school yet, that we would prepare a program for them two days a week.  Wouldn't you know it?  The week we showed up with stuff planned for them, they started going to their school!!  We adjusted our plans a little bit and are still going to Voluntari with Corny and Talitha, just working with the school age kids instead.  We go on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and work with whoever is available for part of the time.  The other part of the time Jen teaches clarinet lessons and I work one on one with two boys who should be in school, but, are not.  I'll talk about them a little later.  Here are some pictures of the fun lessons we did about pumpkins and leaves:

Nica and Florentin are two boys at Voluntari who should be in 1st or 2nd grade, but, for various reasons like bad behavior and stealing, they are not allowed to go back to school.  I discovered that Nica did not recognize his numbers and could write his name, but doesn't recognize the names of letters. Florentin knows his numbers but is inconsistent and sometimes guesses and cannot write his name at all.  This is a disgrace for 8-year olds.  So, my mission for right now is to teach these boys!  They are thriving with the one on one attention that I'm giving them, even if it is only 1/2 hour, two days a week.  Both of them practically run into my arms when I arrive at the only place they know as home!

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