September 29th, 2008 – by: MarnieElder
Traditional Vietnamese breakfast, some "stuff" beautifully packaged and then boiled in banana leaves. Some noodles and dipping sauce.
First day of the last week of my volunteer placement here in Tuy Hoa. It's Monday morning at 8 am and I'm waiting to get on my bike at 8:50am and ride to kindergarten for the last time. And thank god it's the last time. I won't miss these kids in the least. There were wayyy too many of them for me to get to know even one. I don't have a moment to think in that class. It's like i'm constantly fighting to keep them preoccupied so they don't wander out in the hallway, start beating each other up, cry, whatever else. It's the babysitting job from hell and I'm done with it.
It's 11 am now. I survived Kinde and we're about to have an edible lunch.
my first Kinde Class.
Chi's cooking my fave green beans in sauce, omelette, tofu, rice. Lately the meals have been prety dreadful. They cook everything in fish sauce. The fumes are overwhelming and the smell alone makes me want to throw up. This morning one of the mother's from streetkids brought us all a traditional breakfast. It was a thank you to me for teaching english to her and the streetkids over the weekend. A really nice gesture. But it was just too early in the morning to be open minded.
I survived my last kinde class. We sang "head, shoulders, knees and toes". We did some stretches and reviewed "What color is it? How many?" But mainly we colored. I attempted to get some pictures with them, but couldn't get them to sit still long enough to take the picture.
I was enthusiastic back then...Look at the Green Apple!
They kept crowding around the camera, pulling on it, pushing buttons, touching the lens. Phew! It's over. To be fair, I think I did teach them something. At the beginning of the month they couldn't answer the question, "what color?" or "how many". Now they can. They can answer "blue, green, orange, blue, red, yellow, black, brown, purple and 1 - 10". Better than nothing, right? A few of those kids were real bright. Too bad they were in a class with 30 other kids not at there level. They know there body parts too. So, no it wasn't easy, and it was seldom enjoyable. But on a positive note; the kids loved it; they loved seeing me; they loved coloring; and they did learn.