My Final Week Teaching in Zambia

July 11, 2016

Today was the beginning of my last week here in Zambia! Never have I felt the true meaning of “mixed emotions” before this week. I am so excited to be home and see my family (and eat mashed potatoes again) but I am so sad to leave my amazing students. I started class off by telling all of my kids that it was my last week which prompted them to start writing me letters, these kids know the way to my heart.

July 12, 2016

It’s so crazy to me that I only have a few days left here! Leaving school today was so hard! Today my kids wrote me more letters which are piling up and are absolutely adorable. We continued to work on telling time in math which they are catching on, I think by the end of the week the whole class will have it down. In English we are prepping for a project that I am going to have them start on Thursday where they have to answer questions about themselves. My plan is to have them all write down their answers so that I can have something to remember the little details about my awesome kiddos.

These kids have such sweet hearts. At break time they always offer to share their snacks and they just want to hold my hand and be near me. Every day that I’m with them my heart is so full.

July 13, 2016

Today we continued to work on telling time and we added reading calendars to the mix in our math lesson. For English we continued with our list of questions in the “All About Me” section which will tie into an art project I’m having them do on my last day!

 

July 14, 2016

Today we wrapped up our section on telling time and reading calendars which the kids are becoming much more confident in every time we practice. We also started working on our “All About Me” project, since I don’t have access to a copy machine here I had to hand write the questions for each kid.

Today we just worked on the writing portion and tomorrow they’ll have time to finish their writing and draw a picture on the bottom half of the page.

July 15, 2016

Today was truly a day of mixed emotions. It was sports day at school so we only had an Expressive Arts lesson and then the rest of the day was spent in the school yard playing games. That was probably the perfect way to spend my last day with my kids because we just got to play with each other and have fun. For our Expressive Arts lesson I brought in paper and crayons and pretty much just gave them free reign to draw what they wanted. They LOVE to draw so I usually try to incorporate it into our lessons a couple of times a week but this was fun for them because they could draw whatever they wanted.

Saying goodbye to my kids was heartbreaking, they cried, I cried and we hugged for a solid fifteen minutes. They waved at me as they left the school and kept turning back to wave until they turned the corner. These kids have changed my life, they will never understand how much they mean to me. They are the funniest, smartest, sweetest group of kids I have ever met and I am so grateful to have had the privilege of being their teacher for these past four weeks.

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