22.02.2007 - 22.02.2007 38 °C
Well, with a little touch of Scottish and a huge helping of clapping hands
Keith and I are just back from our first lessons at Preychrouk. We had the secondary (high-school) kids for 2 lessons today and we have the same tomorrow.
It is amazing. The children are so very receptive to learning and, whilst the school is very basic, they spent an hour cleaning their classroom for us yesterday. We were told that the kids have been waiting a whole week for our lessons and, of course, their excitement drove me to great things. We even got to singing!
We took in a world map and showed the kids where Cambodia was as many of them have never seen a map before. We also showed them where the UK was. They thought it was a long, long way!
We also covered colours today - red, yellow and blue. I wrote the letters on appropriately coloured paper, Keith cut them out (until 11:30 last night - yep, I am so excited about this, there's nae sleep!!) and then we both muddled them up. Today, when we had gone through the colours on the blackboard with the kids, we gave them the letters and asked them to spell the colour words. Their responses were wonderful. After only 2 or 3 attempts, they were doing it without the words on the blackboard and without looking at their jotters. More and more colours were (and repeated x 3!), then countries, then numbers, then ages (yes, I did confess to being 22). From then, the only way was up so we sang the alphabet song! Fabulous positive energy!!!
The village elder came and sat in on our second class and kept saying the Khmer (Cambodian) word 'sabai' which is the same as 'sabai, sabai' in Thai. it means 'happy'. You can imagine how darned thrilled we were with this response. The school is very much influenced and actions take on what the village elder says. Great!
When the kids left the lesson, they were very happy and excited and kept reciting Pamela, Keith, red, blue, yellow (the colour that makes Pamela sabai). The best bit was the huge cheesy grins on their faces!
Roll on tomorrow...
Love and light