Sunday, 3 August 2008
English Fun Camp, Thailand.
Well yesterday being Saturday, we had our annual English Fun Camp for our young students. The kids are usually from primary 1 – 3 and the day is about having fun.
The kids arrive and sign in, say goodbye to mum and dad and get ready for a fun filled day.
These are 3 of my primary 1 students, they are all from the one class and were sticking close together.
It was nearly time to start the day; there were a few ice-breaking games and then students in their groups would participate in 4 stations or activities, run by none other than us foreigner teachers.
The day is about the kids having fun and if they actually learn a little English, it is a bonus. My game was a vocabulary game. I made a set of flashcards and I would elicit the word of each flashcard as a group and then we played a game where I would say the letter of the alphabet and it corresponded to two flashcards. For example: I said “A” the two flashcards were “apple and ant”.
So the kids had to run a small distance and find the pictures that corresponded to the letter.
At times the competition was a little fierce.
The kids seemed to enjoy the game; hopefully they learnt a little vocabulary as well.
Another activity was where students had to follow instructions to make rabbit masks. This was very popular and the students also got to paint their nose with pink lipstick.
After finishing their masks they then had rabbit races, they were meant to hop like a rabbit but there wasn’t too much hopping happening.
Another activity was “leaf art” from our science teacher. The students would forage outside and find leaves and then bring them inside to make their masterpiece.
The kids made bookmarks, they glued the leaves onto some coloured paper and then the science teacher had the privilege of laminating each bookmark.
At the venue there was the usual resident stray dog that gets to wander around wherever it wants to. He took a liking to me as I patted him a few times.
The kids got plenty of food, most was junk as in snacks but they also got a healthy lunch to enjoy.
The day was successful I was told, I had to leave a little early as I had some private lessons I couldn’t postpone in the afternoon, I left when there were only some games left to be played and the closing ceremony.
So that was my exciting Saturday here in Isaan Thailand.