Monday, September 22, 2014

That's a lot of dishes!

Our after-school program started last week on Tuesday, and we had a LOT of kids!  Last year, the highest number of kids we ever had was 32.  On Tuesday, we had 40 kids!  Our new class of 5th graders has 19 students, and most of them have come every day.  We are very excited about the opportunity to work with so many kids.  We are also praying for wisdom and direction as we make decisions about how to best teach these kids and prepare them for the future.  We gave an assessment on Tuesday to determine the strengths and areas of weaknesses of the kids.  24 out of 40 kids could not write the alphabet correctly.  Many of them could not even write their names correctly on the paper.  These kids are all from the 5th grade to the 8th grade.  So, we have our work cut out for us this year!

Having all of these kids also means that there are a lot more dishes to wash in the kitchen! I told Katie that I never thought about how adding so many kids would mean so much more time washing dishes.  I am hoping to get some help with the cleaning so that I can help the teachers with the lowest kids.  While I can't teach some of the more complicated things in Romanian, I can teach the alphabet and basic reading strategies. 

Please pray for:

  • wisdom as we determine how to use our time and other resources
  • the kids' faithfulness to their studies and school attendance
  • strength and patience for our teachers
Claudiu working with one of the groups that is learning to read
Annamaria is also working with a group of kids who are learning to read
Cristina's group...those who already know how to read
The kids enjoyed an ice cream treat...a little encouragement to keep coming! :)
These boys wouldn't leave without having their picture taken, too.

Happy faces at the end of the after-school day!
- Paul

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