When I was a junior or senior in high school, I thought I wanted to be a teacher, so I spent a semester as a teacher’s aide in a first grade class. About a week into it, I discovered teaching was not for me. There were too many kids and being the control freak that I am, the chaos was way too much for me! Fast forward 15+ years and here I am in a different country, teaching English to K through 9th graders! You are so funny, Lord!!
Before going into the details of the day, I want to share how great it has been to share a room with Jake. Being so close, we can’t hide our emotions which has made it easier to share our feelings. Not that I am ready to get a 1-bedroom apartment when we get back, though! We have also, after my devotion, been praying together. He definitely gets a bit frustrated when I ask him if he wants to pray, but he knows saying no to prayer is pretty bad, so he does. Hey, whatever works, right?
So, back to our day at school. Beginning with Jake’s day. He was with the 6th graders all day without me and he had a blast!! He played, laughed and participated in all the events. Everyone was telling me how shocked they were not see the shy kid that they saw yesterday! PRAISE THE LORD!!
All students have a composition book for each class, but Jake only has one. It’s his everything journal. He writes down the words he learns everyday in it and also does some of the classwork in it. Today, was math. He did the math lesson with the class, but his great accomplishment is he can now count up to 15 in Spanish! 🙂 (He only could count to 10 before.)
I can only praise the Lord for His continued faithfulness and work in Jake! He is so good!
On to me…(I’m sorry these posts have been so long. There’s just so much to share!) Today, I was “Meess Jenneefer” (try to say that in your best Spanish accent! LOL!). I received my schedule and the lessons for each class; K through 9th grade. Yes, that is 10 grades and each class has English at least twice a week with some double periods. Whew! I am tired just thinking about it.
Today, I taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th grade. The kids stay in their classrooms, so I travel around to them! There is NO A/C in any of the rooms except for the computer room which I will probably never get to see by looking at my schedule. So, I was sweating, which I hardly ever do and, honestly, hate doing it!!
The smaller kids were really great! They were so eager to learn. The older kids were a different story. The strict “Meess Jenneefer” was present for them. Pray for me, especially on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays when I have them! Today, in each class, I mainly taught “Good morning. My name is”, the alphabet, numbers and colors. I wanted to get a feel for what they all knew before jumping into the curriculum. Needless to say, it was long day and when 12:30 rolled around, I was quite happy!!
The rest of the day will be pretty relaxing. I am helping Debora with some of her homework that is due tomorrow, so I should be getting to that! But before I do, prayer request time…
1. Jake: God is so faithful and so wonderful to hear our prayers! Today was a huge success for Jake and I pray that each day builds off of today and Jake’s relationship with his classmates, friends and the Lord grows much deeper.
2. Me: Patience. For the record, I don’t believe I ever asked the Lord for patience because I know the only way to gain patience is to be tried. However, I get the feeling, He wants me to learn it even if I didn’t ask for it.
3. Our skin: When at school, we have not gotten bit by mosquitoes, but in the house, we are getting chewed up. Jake’s theory is because we are so sweaty at the school that it’s acts as a repellent. Either way, bites can sometimes cause infections, so please pray that is not the case with either of us.
Please note: Even though I don’t mention them each time, please continue to keep our host family, the Medinas, and the staff and students at the Colegio Elim in your prayers!