The whole week was very special and not only because of the fishing excursion and the professions day where pupils had the chance to visit people at their working place and get to know their daily routine.
I also got a visitor from Germany, Philine, a very good friend of mine who accompanied me the whole week during my days. That means that she also visited the lessons, got to know the pupils and helped me with teaching English.
Like every monday, we already got up early to prepare a new English story which we wanted to go through with the children in this week. Finally, after some searching, we found “The lucky seed” by Kim Ashmore. It was perfect to read it out loudly, make them read, translate together and learn some new, important words. Aditionally, we thought of a litte reading comprehension.
Before we started with the lessons, we went out with the children to get some fresh air, play “cops and robbers” and afterwards begin the work with new energy.
First, it was time for maths. We sat down in a circle, listened carefully while Daniels explained the number line on a basis of a handmade example. When all understood, each pupil got the chance to use the number line as help for simple calculations.
Additionally, we presented the new English story, Philine read it out loudly, we learned new words and finally did the reading comprehension – everyone did it very well.
At Tuesday Philine also went with us to our exciting ice fishing excursion to Vaidava.
Another day, all boys were joining the professions day and we got the chance to spend some time alone with the girls. After a very exhausting morning with intensive football training, it was time for some relaxing. In the brake it was knocking at my door and when we opened the girls asked excited for a baking lesson.
So we came down, everything was already prepared, the kitchen was decorated beautifully and we started to bake pankūkas, drink hot tee with honey or children coffee (with a lot of sugar and milk) and, of course, talked in English.
In the end, shortly, before Philine left, she got the chance to say goodbye and thank for the beautiful week. Therefore, we created some group games in English. Everyone participated, even the teacher Daniels. The first task was to arrange things without talking. We had to set up ourselfes in the right order regarding different themes like size, age, date of birth, number of siblings, eye color and so on. With facial expressions and gesturing it worked very well and we mastered every task.
The second game trained the children’s braines. We imagined going on vacation to a country everyone decided for theirself. With the sentence “I pack my bags and take with me” everyone mentioned something they wanted to take with them. Furthermore they had to say every English object which was named before.
When it was time for lunch, Philine said goodbye one last time, the children asked her to visit us again in summer which of course she could not turn down and she left at the next early morning.