I honestly can't believe how fast these past two years have flown! I'm officially in my final month of AmeriCorps! With school out and all of my students off enjoying their summer break, I'll be spending the next few weeks assisting with a summer camp through one of the other AmeriCorps sites, In The Pines. This site works with migrant workers and their families to help them learn English, find jobs, and adjust to life in South Florida. The camp that I'm assisting with is for the children of these families and helps them keep up with their reading levels, maintain sharp math skills, and gives them an opportunity to get out of the house and interact with their peers.
I'm in charge of the 8th grade class and, with one week in the books, am absolutely loving it! I have 5 campers and they're an absolute joy to work with! I share a classroom with the 7th graders and have inadvertently adopted them into my class as well. Two of the highlights of the camp that we are working towards is a spelling bee and a poetry contest. Trying to find fun and entertaining ways to introduce spelling words to Junior High students is a bit of a challenge, but thanks to Pinterest and the wonder that is the Internet, I've put together some pretty fun ways to help my students learn their words prior to the competition.
|Some of my summer camp students using letters to spell out words that will be a part of the spelling bee|
|The "I Am" poem example that I created for my students to use as a sample|
The last month of AmeriCorps also means the start of the goodbyes and tears for those that I've grown to know and love during my time down here in Florida. These festivities started last weekend with Jen, a member from last year who is currently teaching here in Boynton, but will be spending her summer in New York. Phetsada, Jen, and I went out for some dinner and drinks last Saturday and had a great time reliving our crazy AmeriYear and sharing what life could possibly hold for us in the future! Have a great summer in NY Jen!
|Myself, Jen, and Phetsada at Bar Louie for St. Patrick's Day 2013|
|Alter Ego Party!!|
|Hockey Game @ BB&T Center|
|N2 Wine Bar aka "Heaven"|
|Phetsada's Beach Birthday Party!|
|Color Run 2012! (Before the race)|
|That infamous camping trip!|
|St. Patrick's Day 2013|
|Neon Vibe Run in Ft. Lauderdale|
|One last day at the pool!|