Greetings from Nkokonjeru! Today marks the end of our second full week of teaching at St. Anthony’s Nursery School, Stella Maris Boarding School and the Nursery Teacher’s College. We have been very busy meeting with Nuns and teachers, planning lessons, and getting to know our students. Here is a sample of what our typical day looks like:
7am: Wake up and enjoy a typical Ugandan breakfast made by our wonderful cook and housekeeper, Flavia.
7:30am: Pack up our teaching materials and begin walking to St. Anthony’s to teach.
7:31am: Enlist Flavia’s help to feed our dogs Nido and Naan so that they don’t follow us in to class and scare the children.
8am: Begin teaching our lessons. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Emily teaches Educational Psychology to the first year nursery school teachers in training while Amber teaches Baby Class (4 and 5 year old preschoolers). On Tuesday and Thursday, Amber teaches Childcare and Educational Technology to the first years while Emily teaches Baby Class.
10am: Break time! The students take a porridge break and have time for recess while we take tea with Sister Lucy and Sister Kyomukama.
11am: Break is over, and Amber and Emily team up to teach Top Class (more advanced 4 and 5 year old preschoolers). We teach letters, numbers, shapes, colors, sounding out words, and we are always coming up with new ideas to make learning fun!
12:30pm: School at St. Anthony’s is done for the day. We walk home to our house, dogs, and friend, Flavia.
1pm: Lunch time!
2pm: We head up the hill to Stella Maris Boarding school to teach Primary 3 and Primary 4 computer skills.
3:20pm: Computer classes are done for the day, and we head back to our home.
4:15pm: Play time! The Stella Maris girls have a break from class before dinner, so we go back to play. The girls love to sing American songs such as the Hokey Pokey and Ring Around the Rosy. They have also taught us Ugandan clapping games and songs. Sometimes we bring our cameras, and we leave with hundreds of pictures that the girls have taken of themselves!
5:30pm: The girls go for dinner, and we return to our home. During this time we work on lesson planning, ideas for classes, and we take a break to relax our brains from our busy day.
7pm: Sometimes we have Skype meetings, and when our online class begins in a couple of weeks, we will have homework to do.
8:30pm: Flavia calls us to dinner and we have a nice meal and discuss the day.
9pm: Time to relax or go to bed and rest up for the next day.
As you can see, we are very busy, but we absolutely love our work! In our spare time we have had time to make friends with some teachers and volunteers from other organizations. We have found that Uganda is very different from America, but we are adjusting quickly and we love living here already. Check back next week for updates on our work and our experiences!