Ham, Ban and Tota

Trip Start May 21, 2007
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

It was a typical day at Preschool today with songs, stories and teaching. There is one boy in particular, who I've probably mentioned before, called Banuka, who I have really bonded with. He was born 3months premature so has some learning and behavioural problems. I've gotten to know his ways and how to handle him. He has days where he is really well behaved and loving, and then other days where he's always picking fights and refuses to do anything. Today during the teaching time he was in bad form and wouldn't do his work. After talking to him and letting him sulk for 5minutes, he came back to me a changed boy and sat like and angel and carried on with his task. For me, working with him is probably the most rewarding of all the children and when he shows you any kind of affection, you know it's genuine. He's also very comical. For example, today he was drinking water and began to cough. Instead of patting his back, the wee soldier started to pat his head! The other day he fell over and had a cut the size of a pin prick on his legs. However to watch him walk you would have thought his leg was about to fall off as he was limping all over the place (strange that it was only when he saw you were watching)! He also insisted on getting a bandage on it which covered half his leg! How could you not find him adorable!! My philosophy on finding the pateince to deal with these situations is that I don't know what's going on in their little heads plus a lot of prayers! Just for refernece, Banuka is the one in yesterday's photo eating his breakfast and looking like an angle!
 
It was the start of the new timetable with the afterschoolers today. Now they have 2 45minute lessons a day, rather than 1 90minute class. It worked out well as today I went through the class's exam paper, which took exactly 45mins! Wednesday is still their artistic and creative day. It's good as it means you see every class at least once a week. I haven't taught the youngest afterschool class before as there were 5 classes and only 4 days teaching, but now I have them for 2 periods so looking forward to teaching new faces.
 
On our walk down to Food City tonight, a boy passed us with 2 goldfish in a bag. Immediately this put the notions in our heads that we wanted some pet fish! Our dreams were shattered however when we went into the pet shop, which apparently only sells fish tanks and not fish bowls. The smallest one he had would have taken up half the living room! I still wanted to buy some and thought of homing them in the steamer but then there would be a problem when we wanted to steam vegetables! Also we sometimes get a visit from the odd cat climbing through the windows-no fish deserve to die in such a way! I think we'll just have to come to the conclusion that Smile Lanka won't have any fish as mascots! Sadly we already had the names picked as well- Ham, Ban and Tota the fish!
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