Well, Day 2 of the camp is in the books and things went much more smoothly than the previous day - which we're all thankful for. Camp is supposed to start at 9:30 am, however, some parents are dropping off their kids at 8:30 am which means one less hour that we have to prep things, which has been challenging. (Communicating this issue to the parents has been rather difficult as well!) The weather here is continuing to pose its challenges as well. While today was the first day out of the last four that did not get above 100 degrees, the heat index was still over 100 and it hasn't gotten below 80 degrees, even at night, since we've gotten here.
The theme for today was Boston and Thanksgiving. Even though it didn't really fit with the theme, I had the privilege of teaching 34 Chinese children "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Although I taught the kids to say "Root, root, root for the home team," I couldn't help but sing "Root Root Root for the Brewers" when we sang it as a group. Hopefully I didn't mess them up too much!
At lunch, we were able to get the cooks to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the kids, substituting chicken for turkey though. The kids seemed to really enjoy this. One of the boys, James, informed me that the food at the school is normally very good, but at the camp, it has been rather gross! Oh well.
Getting the younger kids to speak English, even in our language lessons, has been rather difficult. I'm working with moderately advanced 8 year olds, so I know they can read pretty well. However, when it comes to speaking, they act as if they have no clue what they're supposed to say! I'm not sure if they're intimidated by me or what the problem is.
We definately have our fair share of interesting students, or "villagers" as we're calling them. We've had several little girls decide to slap select male staff members on the butt which has been rather awkward! Jamie has been told that her butt is rather big (we think that the students were referring to a button on her back pocket) and was told yesterday that she has a very beautiful nose by a younger male student! We also have a few very difficult students, including one boy who seems to like to hit anyone and everyone, including staff. Again, the problem is communicating these issues to the parents who do not speak English. We've tried using one of our translaters to take care of this, however, we're not sure that he truly understands the problem.
We attempted to show the students a portion of Lilo and Stitch in English at the end of the day, however, using a Chinese DVD player has presented its fair share of problems, most notably, not being able to figure out what the remote control says! (I've figured out the power button, but that's it!) After our meeting as a staff, we were able to get out of here an hour earlier than the previous night, which was nice! With two days down and eight to go, we're all feeling pretty good about what's been accomplished so far. We're starting to show some signs of fatigue due to the long days and hot weather. We're looking forward to a great day tomorrow!