Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Teacher Lindsey

I find it hard to believe that I have been insured a class of 5 and 6 year olds. I have been given the responsibility of teaching them English, Math, Science, Reading, and Crafts. Yesterday I taught them how to add... and boy was it a challenge! I wanted to take a nap and forget about trying to pass the language barriers. Today was much better! The kids listened to me and we had a great amount of fun! I taught them about the importance of their ears! We played listening games, one which I made up on the spot. I have been quite impressed with the quickness of my brain lately. As a foreigner, everyone expects you do have a bunch of new ideas to share with everyone. Like the first morning I come to the school for a full day, they have the kids circle up and then they say... "ok! Teacher Lindsey is going to show us a new morning exercise and activity to do!"
...crap. Think fast. Think fast. Oh! I got it... duck, duck, goose! Phew, dodged that one!
Then later after lunch:
"Alright students! Teacher Lindsey is going to show us a new rhyme for us to learn..."
...oh no. Uhhhh. Think like you've never thought before! Ok... um, how about 'If you're happy and you know it'?
Haha, that is my life at the moment.
I got to teach the kids the importance of their nose too. It was fun, I took a thing of yo-gos and opened it just a little, then I took Bill's sock which of course hasn't been washed and is extremely dirty. I tell the kids to close their eyes, then I hold up either the sock to their nose or the sweets and they have to tell me if it smells good or bad. Oh man, it was hilarious. They had fun but it is all so exhausting. I spent today in the village at the Crusade, which is enjoyable but I've never been stared at so much in my entire life. I lean forward, listening to the speaker looking in one direction and the kids sitting on the bench are all looking the other direction staring straight at me. I'm like, 'really?? is there something on my face?? Oh, wait, I'm the only white person for miles.' I feel like with so much staring I should have a magic trick ready or something because I am awfully boring to stare at. Anyways, every day brings something new and I can't help but thank God for every day I am here. The family is beyond amazing, I am learning more than ever, I am being stretched in so many ways, and I am absolutely loving the African life.


  1. That is so great. Just be careful, when you get in a tough situation it's easy to make up stuff. Kids will believe anything:)

  2. oops. Ignore my blog handle. It was a joke to make fun of Carlee. Whoops. This is JP.