Another great day at school. I had one of those days where everything seemed to go well as far as lessons go and it is such a great feeling and one of those times where you know why you are a teacher. It helps that these kids are simply amazing and make teaching a joy as they just love to learn and are so eager to be there. I also helped Sineth in the classroom today and got to play with the little grade 1ers they are just so adorable!! Every day I learn more about myself and my ability as a teacher and once again feel blessed for the experience.
Today at the school some students who are learning to be barbers visited and gave the kids free haircuts to practice, as Kaann our translator told us it is a win-win for everyone. Another interesting thing that happened at school as when we arrived they were having assembly and this went for an hour! The kids were being told the rules of the school and they all stood there quietly listening to the teacher, certainly different to Australia!
The highlight was the dice game that Lauren came up with.. this game involved the children being divided into two groups and had to roll the dice to see what part of the face they would draw. It works like this
You draw the circle for the face
Lauren then pointed to a part of her body and one person from each team had to guess which body part it was in English. The first person to yell out the body part correctly was allowed to roll the dice.
Each number on the device represented either eyes, ears, mouth, nose, hair or eyebrows.
Each time they rolled the dice they could draw one part of the face.
The first team to finish a face wins.
It is a great English lesson as they learn body parts in a repetitive but fun way. This little fella was so excited about rolling the right number it cracked us all up. Our mouths were hurting from laughing so much.
In the afternoon I helped Sineth with the Grade 6ers and helped him a little in the lesson. I taught the kids the action and word hurdle and had to help Sineth with the very Fish.. the English language is so confusing as fish is both a noun and a verb.. I admire these kids for learning so well.
We got home with the intention of watching My Khmer Heart a movie we had been told about and all wanted to see but could never get organised enough for us to sit and watch it. So we made a promise that as soon as we got home we would watch it. Of course when we got home there was no electricity!! We are doomed not to watch this movie. Ashlee, Lauren, Tara and myself headed to the juice bar as Sophie and Kristie were resting and had the yummiest mango and passionfruit smoothie.. so yummy and only $1.50 if you are ever in Siem Reap be sure and check this place out, they also have the cutest little maltese dog that allowed us to pat him and play with him.
When we got back to the guesthouse the electricity was back on. Yay! Lisa met me at the guesthouse because we were going to check out a tattoo shop here.. I am going to get a tattoo in khmer that says “To travel is to live” just under my breast on the rib cage (yes I know it will hurt). Unfortunately when we got there the guy had left early so will have to try again tomorrow.
We had ½ hour before we had to meet the girls so we went next door to Miss Wong’s cocktail bar and had a cocktail. I ordered a random cocktail that had vodka, Frangelico and cranberry juice.. I was just curious at what it would taste like and it was pretty good! Lisa ordered a White China which had lychee juice and jasmine tea which was also very good. We then headed off to the New Leaf Book café where we had a delicious meal and we were going to watch a documentary there but our dinner was too late so decided to skip it.
We went into town to go to the Le Crepiere to have sweet crepes for dessert but they were closed so Tara and I grabbed a banana and Nutella crepe off one of the street carts which was delicious.
I then ruled up some pages and organised all my stuff for lessons tomorrow and am now writing this blog intead of sleeping which I really should do as I have to get up at 5.20am tomorrow eek!