Today I didn’t have a translator, so it was a bit silly. Thanks so much to Nick for sticking with me!
1. First we started with meditation – the kids are getting rowdier, so we had to sit on the floor in a circle to get them focused.
2. Then they got right into painting their boards. They went at it hard for 2 hours and then got very bored and tired (and done), so after they presented their paintings, we played some games – follow the leader. I led them around the building jumping and stomping in a circle and being weirdos, which they enjoyed (and it required very little Lao).
3. After lunch, we had a short naptime(spontaneous).
4. Then we played Exquisite Corpse. This was the best round of this game I have ever played. The students really got creative and laughed SO HARD we played 6 times in a row. I challenged them to draw things they had never drawn before, and they did!
5. The last assignment of the day was to draw what made them happy (after their/their parents’ accidents). I separated all the students so that they didn’t copy each other – and lo and behold, they each made a different drawing! Samples included going to school, seeing beautiful nature, drawing, etc. They were very absorbed in this. I had them write why it made them happy on the back as well.
- Even though the kids technically could finish a mural in a day – they probably don’t want to. It’s tough to help them feel like they have finished it (vs just being too tired to keep going) – I tried to tell them that their parents were coming tomorrow to check out their work and they would have to present it to them (which is true!).
- Naptime and freetime are similarly important – it’s good to let kids just do what they need to do and not fill the time all crazy like.