This week was a little wetter than the past few weeks since we started working with watercolor paints. We started out with a day just focusing on watercolor techniques. From there we used the story Aladdin as a springboard for some awesome watercolor depictions of what transpired between Aladdin, the genies, an evil magician, and the princess. My students did a great job at producing a wide variety of perspectives on the story, from a genie with a six-pack to Aladdin’s palace to the magic lamp to the princess poisoning the evil magician.
This week my Naw-N-Shaw class began studying poetry as a form of self-expression, and how to craft poetic language. The students worked on autobiographical poems, color poems, and concluded the week with a “Where I’m From” poem. At Grand Gaube the students played soccer on Tuesday and then wrote stories about the match on Thursday. This next week will be a continuation of poetry at both centers.
This week in sports and nutrition we talked about mental health, relaxation, and visualization. We discussed how health does not only involve the physical self, but the mental self as well. Then on Wednesday we did a project in teamwork called the Egg Drop. Each team must create a package to hold an egg and then we dropped it from the roof of the building. I gave them toilet paper rolls, sponges, paper and tape. We have two out of six eggs survive! This week will be focused on exercise!
This week we worked on enunciation and projection. Much of class was conducted across a field back behind the center–to encourage students to strengthen their voices and because there tends to be a lot of spit involved in this week’s exercises. Overall, the week went very well. Some students I least expected are emerging as talented actors.
This week we wrote editorial articles. The students learned how to properly structure and write arguments. Keep an eye out for their first articles on the ELI Africa website this week!