Hi everyone it’s Chynna and Jamie here. Today was our first day of teaching which was exciting and nervous for all of us. This morning started with a late rush and all of us piling into the bus. We were on the bus all buzzing to get there quickly so we could set up and start teaching as soon as possible, but then traffic hit us! Crazy crazy traffic! This meant we arrived in the Acholi quarters late, so there wasn’t much time to set up but we worked with it.
I was in the church (Chynna) along with 9 other teammates. Today’s subject was English, where we taught the ABCs, then practiced writing letters with dot to dot worksheets. After they had their porridge (a mixed balance of vitamins they need), and we had a little break, we were sweating buckets! They completed a craft activity which included decorating the first letter on their name. We then hung these up as bunting in the church. This was then repeated in the afternoon with different children.
I was in the 2 classrooms today (Jamie), with some other team members. We also taught English to the children, by repeating their ABCs with different worksheets. We also helped them make simple sentences with different cards, but all the kids picked it up really quickly as they were listening and eager to learn. We then taught these lessons to different children in the afternoon. I felt it went smoother and easier, as we had already taught the lessons in the morning, so we sort of knew what we were doing.
At lunchtime, we all had a chance to eat and reflect on our lessons this morning. When we finished eating our sandwiches, we threw the tinfoil balls into the middle of the circle where the bin was. If you missed, the forfeit was to do three of your best dance moves in front of the whole team. After team planning for the next lessons, we played a game similar to rock paper scissors. Instead it was more physical and involved more role play. This helped us re-energize for the afternoon. Of course I won (Chynna)!
On the journey home after a long day, we were all looking forward to one of Sophie and John’s delicious meals.
We both love and miss you all xx
Love from all in Uganda x