It's been a week now that I've been with the students of Bigwoods Primary and each day I grow more and more attached. Truth be told, I didn't want to fall in love. Falling in love creates attachment and I wasn't sure I was prepared for the magnitude of what that might actually mean in my heart.
Every day I'm struck by how much these students accomplish with so little. How they can cheerfully play with a ball with a hole in it. How they can share a deck of weathered cards and still have a successful game - even if it involves "licks" (smacks on arm if you lose)! They cross barbed-wire fencing to retrieve their soccer balls.
*Speaking of - today I showed the boys (and myself) I still have some skills by scoring the only goal during our game!! And the ball... Well, its being so loved that it's already fraying a bit at the seams.
Not much is being done in the way of academics, except communications practice (letter writing) for the 4th graders in preparation for the GSAT exam next Tuesday & Wednesday.
Yesterday morning I worked with the 1st & 2nd graders on their Me Cards and in the afternoon taught a landscape art lesson to everyone which went over exceptionally well!
Today while I worked with the 5th & 6th graders on their cards, the remaining students (except 4th) colored in their unfinished projects. I think there was some real shock and awe in what they themselves were able to accomplish!
At 1pm we dismissed and I drove some of the children home.
It's amazing what they overcome simply to be present. Yesterday was the last day the school would provide lunch ($100 JD) which may have added to the lack of attendance today.
Looking forward to some relaxation and good food this weekend as I gear up for my final week with these incredible children! They're already asking when I'm coming back!! ❤️