Year Two Offically in Full Swing
On February 5th, term one officially began, my second year living in my beautiful village, my second year teaching my beautiful pupils, and my second year on my way to my dream of having my very own classroom in America all comes with term one beginning. The first week of school in most village schools not all the students are in attendance, there are many reasons for this. One, the students don’t come to school because they don’t have their school fees or required supplies. Two, the students don’t come because they are still at home digging or helping around the house. And three, the students don’t come because they just want extra holiday, honestly this is very unlikely. By the second week your classes are filled with all the students you’ll have for the year. You may have some other stragglers that come the third and fourth week but not very many. With all that to say I didn’t begin teaching until week two because I didn’t want to have to re-teach once the rest of the students showed up. Especially most of the classes were still missing about fifty kids.
I began teaching this last Monday, and boy was it one hell of a week, amazing but of course stressful. Now let’s talk about what we encountered. I encountered some beautiful monsters of the Primary 1 verity. They just moved up from Top class so they are squirmy and talkative. Now, if you teach kindergarten take your class times it by about 3 and a half and then you’ll have my Primary 1 class. Now if your kids are squirmy and talkative, well then lucky you. Now, don’t get me wrong these beauties are intelligent and eager to learn they are just young and new to this type of class, and they are trying. So every morning at 9am I practice my patience to the best of my ability and I try to teach these monsters how to read. Then we have my sweet Primary 2 class, these kiddos are picking these new phonics lessons better than I could have imagined. They began reading new words on their own at the end of this first week back. Something that is common in schools in Uganda is the memorization of words instead of sounding them out. I am doing my best to teach them how to sound and read and they have officially begun doing this and as they learn more sounds they will be able to read more and more words. Primary 3, 4, and 5 have just been reviewing set 1 and set 2 of their letter sounds that they learned with me last term. They have retained the knowledge very well and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them. I also read with Primary 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 once a week and ask them questions so they can begin reading comprehension. Reading with these sweet kids are problem my favorite, I love watching their faces light up as they are diving into the story one page at a time.
This is going to be one hell of a year and I am so excited that it is in full swing. I won’t lie it’s a bit bitter sweet also because I only have one year left so it’s going to be a year of endings mixed in with some new beginnings. I am going to try to not focus on the beginning of the end and focus on taking things one day at a time. Now, let’s be honest I am not so good at that.