The kids met us at the gate with American and Colombian flags. They were lined up on either side of the road. It was great to see and I was so glad I had a front row seat.
We all got out and immediately of the vans and the kids started hugging us and wanting us to play with them. We were quickly shown our classrooms and then we got to work. Today's lessons focused on geography and the state of Texas. Each class had a short lesson on either the state of Texas -- just recognizing the shape or learning about some of the state's icons. Another lesson was about the U.S, map.
Break time was a snack of cookies and yogurt as well as some playtime. After that we returned to the classes for fun crafts that we brought. The first grade teacher, Patricia, was wonderful. Our class did pipe cleaner art and she and the kids loved it. Then we gave a gift of books that we had brought form Texas with the help of Gladney co-workers.
Patricia loved them and counted out in English with her class the number of books that I brought. It was great!
Then off to lunch in the cafeteria with the kids. The food was very yummy. Following lunch we had free play. Gladney brought Frisbees, jump ropes and chalk. The Gladney teens on the trip and the adults all played.
We concluded our first day with a line dance party with the kids -- soooo fun! I am looking forward to tomorrow we are going to have a great time!
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