Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
There is one little black boy that can't read at all because he does not have any concept of sounds of letters and blending. So I am going to start to work on sight words with him on flash cards. I try to break things down for him. It is harder than I thought.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So decided to go swimming at one of our pools at my apartment. I ended up staying 4 hours, reading my book and talking to some people in my ward. When I got back, my face, shoulders, legs, and back was red. Now that is the next day my shoulders are the only things that are red. the rest turned into a tan. So now my legs look better in my cute skirts. I know stupid me, I should have stayed only 2 hours. Lesson learned. The sun seems hotter here than in Idaho.
So on friday night my ward had dinner and a movie. We had quiche, cantalope, watermelon, strawberries, oranges, and grapes. Then we had ice cream, it was really good. Nobody really watched the movie, they just sat at the tables and talked. But that is the fun it, real interaction right? My ward is really nice.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Oh mom if you want to see any of the pictures from before scroll to the bottom and click on older posts and it will show you the rest of them.
Dominoes provided lunch today, so it was pretty good. I found out that they serve cooked subs now. They were pretty good. All the teachers were really nice and excited have us. April had me do bulletin boards and clean and set up desks today. She is really soft spoken and laid back but I think that I am going to enjoy her class. She seemed pretty structured from her practice. She has been teaching for 7 years now. This school has a track system because there are to many students to do all at once. So there are 5 tracks and the teacher and her class get a 3 week break every 6 to 7 weeks, then they come back and start where they left off. I have never heard of it before but April says that she likes it because then she just plans her vacations around it and the kids and her don't get burned out to quickly. She also said that she has not had it any other way, so she is speaking from just her experience. I could not believe how tired I was after today of being on my feet all day. I had to take a little nap when I got home.
Oh the principal gave us a book to review that she also had all her teachers review. It is called "How Full is your Bucket?" Positive Strategies for Work and Life. By: Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, PH.D. It only has about 150 pages with big print and it is really quite interesting so far. Mom I think that you would like it and I recommend it to anyone that is interested. It makes you look at life more positively and how to be more genuine and fill not only yourself but others around you. It gives statistics of how much positivity can prolong your life. Good read.
I will try not to gain to much weight or go over my budget while I am here, but if any of you come to see me then it will be an excuse spend a little. :)
I am excited and nervous to start my class on Monday, for now we are just going to meetings with our cooperating teachers. This is what I love to do and it will be what makes fun for me hear. I like being here already.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is at Wingers the night before I left for Las Vegas. My mom paid and Angelee came. Look how good these pictures turned out? You can't even tell that we are related huh? We had a concrete pie with chocolate and caramel sauce on it. Also my mom and I got a steak with vegetables, mashed potatoes, and some wings. The steak was pretty good to my suprise. I told them medium rare and it was, that does not happen very often. I cried the next morning and got really scared but nothing that a long hug from my mom couldn't fix then I left.
I am loving my digital camera, it is so easy to put them on my computer and upload them on here. It is like scrapbooking, but better becuase it takes to cutting, gluing or creativity on my part.
Oh by the way I found out my placement today at 9 pm. I guess that I got the email at 5 pm, but I was on my little drive then. 3 of my neighbors are going to the same school, so we are going to car pool tomorrow morning. I am driving, it is only 20 minutes away. My neighbors said that it is in the getto, but you don't have to take the interstate. My school is called the Hal Smith Elementary school. The children don't come until monday and I we are suppose to report the the secretary and she will tell us what grade and teacher we have. Talk about being informative and prepared, but hey I guess whatever comes, comes.
I am starting to feel more at home here, it is hot but cold in the buildings becuase they turn the air conditioners so high. Even in my apartment my feet and hands get cold, but I am scared to turn it warmer becuase I don't want to bake like it is outside. At noon it turns into a big heat wave, but the evenings are about the right temperature for me. But I like to be warm, my roommates think that it is still too hot. I will take a picture of my school tomorrow. :) love you all and can't wait to talk to you or see you again.
Monday, August 18, 2008
We played Bunco for Family Home Evening. I have never seen anything like it. There were three long tables of people playing and some still sitting on the stage waiting to get in. The rules were different and easier than I was taught but it was still fun. Some people really got into it and they were yelling. I even got a BUNCO once and I got really excited so that must have been what was happening to them. It was a good idea for getting to know everyone. The people in my ward seem really nice, a lot of them just came up and talked to me. I almost forgot how to be social, but I think it will come back to me.
This is the only light in my room. I can't believe that they could not take the time to put in a ceiling light. So if I need much light I guess I will have to leave the blinds open.
But I do get my own room and bathroom. My roommates are nice so far and so is my apartment. The couches are soft and we have a washer and dryer that we do not have to pay for. Now all I have to do is get settled in and unpack my clothes.
It is finally time to do my student teaching, the very last semester before I graduate. I am moving to Las Vegas to do it and I think it is going to be fun. I fixed my car and pray that it works for the 9 hour drive. Also i packed all of my stuff in my car and I can still see out of the back window. I was pretty proud of myself for that. I am leaving tomorrow and will return on thanksgiving. Now that I am 23 and 11 months old I have decided that I am now old enough to grow up and do something on my own. So first I dumped my boyfriend that i should have dumped a long time ago (but with that came a lot of mixed emotions). Now I can finally experience casually dating for the first time in my life. That I am excited about, freedom and no strings attatched. The next major decision was to drive to Las Vegas with company or without company. But you have to know that I have never driven on any interstates that have more than 2 lanes. So here is the milestone, I chose with no company so I don't get babied the whole way. So here I go, ready or not, bright and early tomorrow morning I am taking my 3 best friends (me, myself and I) to keep me company and to go get help if my car breaks down. I sure do feel better about having some company. So please pray for me!!