Saturday, March 28, 2009

Final Days with Grade 4

They're gone. So sad!

It was a crazy week in that I was frantically trying to finish a little project called 'the binder'. GES has not received official accreditation from the Ministry of Education, so we have to prove (with pictures or worksheets or some other type of documentation) that we meet the national set standards. So, not only do we have to teach the things, but we have to document that we taught it. But it's done now! Hooray!

Aside from doing that, we watched a lot of movies, played a lot of games and went on a couple of field trips. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the Ice Skating field trip that we went on Wednesday because our camera had some issues. Ice skating was not my favorite thing, but a lot of the kids definitely enjoyed it! Only 14 went, so it was easier to keep track of them. We joined grades 5 and 6 for that trip. The other 'field trips' were just to the nearby 7-11 where I let the kids buy whatever they wanted.

Our last day, Friday the 27th, was the most memorable. We did a 7-11 run first thing, then we had our last flag time and went to chapel. During chapel, we sang some of the kids favorite songs, then we gave out awards for each class. These were the official awards like "Citizenship Award", highest score in P.E., Computers, Music, and then the Honors Awards.

After that, the kids were with their Thai teacher for awhile cleaning and packing up the classroom while I was finishing getting our house ready for the day.

Matt's class came over for a little while and watched a movie and ate pizza. Then, I cleaned up and got things ready for Round 2. Grade 4 (only 21 kids, plus 2 Thai teachers, plus some parents) came over after lunch. When they first came, I showed them the movie I had made for them (can't upload it because it's too big). They really loved it, which made me so happy. This is a picture of them watching it.

After showing their movie (which they each got a copy of), I passed out the class awards. These were silly and fun and everyone got one. I think I'll do a separate post for who got these awards. But, they were well-received, and everyone understood that they were meant to be fun and not too serious.

After the silly awards, the kids got to play Wii. They loved it! Seven had brought some games too, so since everyone couldn't play Wii, some kids played some of his games with him. They were at the house for about 3 hours, and they had a blast! It was so much fun to spend our last day together just hanging out.

I didn't want the afternoon to be really rushed. It was important to me to be able to say goodbye to everyone and not feel too hurried. So, we had some good time back in the classroom where we talked about our favorite moments of Grade 4. Then, I got to pray over them. Then, their Thai teacher handed out their report cards and they finished cleaning the room. As each of them left, I hugged them and said that I love them and will be praying for them.

I didn't cry, and I don't think any of my kids did either. It was a good last week, but I know I'll miss my students a lot!

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