This week we have continued with the animal theme, but we are working on discriminating between animals and matching the animals at Haven 2. We have also incorporated a few other items (banana and apples) into our lessons. When working in the rooms at Havens 1 and 3 the activities vary because of the different ages. Typically, we will sing songs repeatedly (it's crucial!), introduce animals, and/or read books.
We still do a structured language class in Haven 2 (the toddlers) as well as with the older babies in Haven 1. To answer some of your questions, yes more patience is needed while doing the language classes because of the language barrier and the kids lack of familiarity with us. We are trying to get the aunties more involved so they can help us with the kids and this also allows us to teach/show the aunties how to continue with the language enriching activities when we have to leave the mission (sad day!).
This week we have already heard a couple of toddlers from Haven 2 increase their expressive and receptive language skills. We are hearing/seeing lots of imitations and babbling from Haven 1.
Peter (Haven 1) styling in his 80's wind-suit jacket
Typically, Catherine and I walk to the Haven every morning in order to wake ourselves up a little. Well, today we ALL got to enjoy a nice a little (25 minute) walk to the Haven because D.T. took the Khaki Jackie to pick up Mrs. Tullos from the airport.
Tomorrow is Ian’s 13th birthday. We are planning to go to Jordan’s Rock and have a mini cook-out with hot dogs and smores to celebrate. We are SUPER excited (maybe even more than mini D.T.)!!