Today was our last day at School until March! So crazy how fast it went. We had a lot of hugs today and sad little faces when saying goodbye, but we had a super fun day together.
I always start my lessons with review from last day so I can see where students are at and if they were paying attention. My focus today was to give detailed instruction, but I also focused on asking many different students for answers to my questions so I could get a feel for the entire class. For my last lesson, I did a fill in the blank using food labels! I started the assignment by going through some of the blanks with them at the beginning so they understood what they were supposed to be doing and then I had them working in partners to complete the rest of the fill in the blanks. Things seem to go a lot smoother when I take my time to go through instructions and give clear expectations.
For today, Carina and I made 'zines' for each student. They included some sweet quotes and affirmations as well as a personalized note for each student. It is pretty crazy how attached you can get after only seven days with these kids. The students loved their departing gift and they all had many kind things to say.
One of the most challenging boys came up to me and said, "Miss Fedak, I am really going to miss you for three months." which totally made all of the difficulties worth it. Another student told me they weren't coming to school until March when we come back which was so cute but we had to have a talk about that! One of the girls asked me to come over to her house which I told her couldn't happen which made her sad but it was so cute how much they just wanted to be around us. This experience was such a challenge but so rewarding!