Tuesday, February 10, 2015

English Day!

            On December 3, every student of Hogar del Nino presented, performed or exhibited the projects that they had been working on for a month for English Day. It is hard to put into words the amazing effort, talent and determination that our students put into their projects! There were tears in our eyes because we worked with our students every day and witnessed first hand how hard they worked to prepare their presentations, dances, songs and art exhibitions; we are so very proud of them!

Students in each grade worked on different projects for English Day. The Kindergarteners that Larissa and I worked with sang three Christmas songs; Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. Students in first grade also sang Christmas songs and students in second grade through fourth grade performed parts of plays. Students in fifth grade through twelfth grade researched American topics such as cars, American presidents, technology, American films, and tourist attractions. The students from the Deaf School practiced and performed different dances.

I worked closely with two 8th grade classes on their English Day projects and I was so impressed by how hard they worked each and every day! First, they researched about different forms of American technology, such as medical technology, social media, boats and airplanes. Once they recorded their information, I worked with them on presenting their information. We focused on their pronunciation and truly knowing their information so that they wouldn’t be as nervous come English Day. Each grade decorated a classroom to aid their presentations. When I walked into the 8th grade classroom, I was amazed by their creativity and their readiness to present their information to others!

The students of the Sordo School, or the Deaf School, practiced a variety of dances for the month preceding English Day. When they performed their dances, we all had tears in our eyes and were so proud of them because of how amazing of an accomplishment it is for them to dance in coordination to the music of each song. The teachers of the Sordo School as well as Larissa helped the students to practice these dances. They felt the vibrations of the music and watched their teachers to learn them. Their performance of We’re All in This Together from High School Musical was truly a testament to the Hogar del Nino’s mission; all students can learn, succeed, and grow here as long as we help each other!