So this summer I have been completing my FCS Practicum. I have been teaching 7 weekly classes and it's been a lot of hard work (25-30 hours/ week) but one of the funnest things I have ever done. All classes I taught were on campus and free to students and their families. The most time consuming and most rewarding class I taught was PLAY which stands for Physical development in the Learning environment with Active involvement for Your kids (the children were ages 4-8 years). We taught it for two hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My great friend Stephanie and I organized and did everything for the class. The last day was Friday. I can't even express in words how much I learned to love the children that were in our class. One of the most amazing things was almost all of them were children from different countries.We had one cute little student that didn't even speak English and it was really amazing to learn so much from him.
There was defiantly some big challenges like budget, kids acting out, attitudes, breaking rules and time consumption but it was crazy fun and I just absolutely loved ever minute of it. We had 20 kids between Stephanie and I and some days it was crazy. It was also crazy how Stephanie and I worked together, it was almost like we were sisters just being able to work together so well. I will miss seeing her often and I'm so grateful I got to spend the time with her. We also teach two classes Tuesday called Better Homes and Families, one Wednesday that is sewing and on Friday that is cooking. It's nice because Asher can come to all of them and plays in the playroom next to the classroom with all of the other kids. He is usually a very big sweetheart and impresses everybody. I will still be teaching some of those classes throughout August but I have got a lot of my hours in so far. This week I'm tending a little girl for a friend and will be able to use the hours that are used doing developmentally appropriate activity's towards my practicum which is SO incredible! Plus the little girl is the cutest/sweetest thing that I ever did meet.
(pictures by Stephanie Hyde)