Week one if now over! My volunteering experience began on Tuesday at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, a suburb of Cape Town. There are three of us at the school. One volunteer from Holland, one from Belgium and myself. Each of us is assigned to a teacher to assist.
I have been working with the 6th and 2nd grade teachers. In 6th grade I have helped with English lessons and assisting students who are having trouble with the grammar exercises. I also had a chance to observe an Afrikaans lesson. All students at this school learn both English and Afrikaans.
Because I have a passion for the little ones, I've also been working in second grade. I brought a variety of Mo Willems books and Pigeon puppet. I've been doing an author study showing the students how to read both the words and pictures to comprehend the story. They love Mo Willems' books just as much here as they do at home!
I also spent a day in the technology lab and library. The school has a computer lab with 30 desktops and a full time technology teacher. They also have a library where students come for lessons regularly and can check out books. Next week I hope to have time to talk with the librarian and share lesson ideas. I believe we could have a great partnership with the teachers at this school.
I am Julie Hembree, a teacher librarian in the greater Seattle area. I am passionate about providing children in need with quality reading resources. The opinions expressed in this Blog are strictly those of Julie Hembree and its contributors. They do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of any other entity.