Wednesday, May 30, 2012

End of the Year Madness

Where has time gone?

You would think one would get used to the concept of time. 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 12 months, 365 days in a year. Time is consistent, never changing. So why is it that there are moments when life seems to be passing by in a blink of an eye?

I can't believe that I have 1 week left in Gracias. My year living in Honduras is coming to a close and I am filled with so many emotions. But it has been a busy month. Each Friday we had some event going on. 

Summer Day: Basically face paint, play games, and hang out in the pool! It was a great day. I am not sure who had more fun me or the kids?? ;)
Face paint!!
Jessena getting a flower on her face.
Yancy looking very excited!
I was in charge of rules... obviously acting them out! 
Heylin, Luis Fernando and I hanging out.
Who doesn't love musical towels?? 
I felt like a mother hen as they all sat around me!
Hugo playing duck, duck, goose. But the twist is squirting the goose with water.
Oscar, Armando, Emilcar and Mario enjoying the day.
Some of the boys headed down the slide.
Who doesn't love a water gun??
A few of my students hanging on to me as if I was their personal boat.
Daniel, Nelsy and Lisbeth enjoying the free ride ;)

Next up...
Science Day:
The teachers and I decided to each have an experiment/exploration and kids from K-3rd grade could choose which activity they wanted to do.

My topic was Magnet Exploration. We talked about the North and South poles and how magnets are attracted to each other. Then we went on a magnetic scavenger hunt to find different objects that were magnetic. 

*No child was hurt during the magnetic exploration...  *see first and last picture...

Daery discovered my scissors were magnetic!

Christia found a magnetic ball. 

These girls are exploring how magnets can attract other magnets.

Jessenna playing with magnets.

Suzanne found my bobbypin was magnetic!! Good job!

Ricardo building magnets.

Wow, look how strong they are!

Lisbeth discovered my timer is magnetic!

Oh, Arnaldo has discovered the scissors are magnetic!! Maybe we should have hid those....

The kids had a wonderful time enjoying activities outside of the classroom!! But the fun didn't end there!! 

Check back for more end of the year fun at Minerva! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dia de La Familia

Kris, Kristin, Dean and I were on gate duty. We were the welcoming crew of the day. 

Dia de La Familia is a celebration across Honduras that celebrates.... yep, you guessed it, families. Each year Minerva has a celebration, where families are invited to play games and enjoy the day with their children at school. 
Hanging out with Jasmin and Sherlyn before more families showed up.

Carole, one of the preppa (kindergarten) teachers was in charge of putting the whole day together. I am not sure how that job landed in her lap, but more power to her for it. It was a big job. 

We were each assigned a game that we had to play with our students and their families. I was in charge of.... Sponge races!! I gladly took on the game knowing full well it would get a little wild. Whenever you put water and children together it always seems to get a little crazy.

Lori and I manning our station...before the madness began. 

Sarita and Diana getting ready for the games.

One of my little guys Roberto.

A group of my favorite trouble makers ;)

Let the games begin!

First round of sponge races. 

It was fun seeing parents get into the games as well!

One of my favorite little Pre-K kiddos, Daniel. He forgot to bring the sponge back a few time!

Working hard to get the other bucket filled with water. 

Another one of the games: The cake walk, basically you walk in a circle, if they call your number you are out. Last man standing wins a cake. 

Kris was in charge of the 3-legged races. 

Building marshmellow houses... or something along those lines. 

A game of family soccer

Some of my favorite people, Dariella's mom and dad. As well as Francisco and his mom. Too cute!

Most of the teachers from Minerva. We don't look too warn out after Family Day. 

It was a successful day of celebration for my students and their families. It was nice to see everyone enjoy themselves. 

Feliz Dia De la Familia!