Rainbow Joy made it to school on Friday, she has found my backpack a bit overloaded earlier in the week and opted to stay home rather than get squeezed into an over crowded pack!
The first class she met was my CF 7 class, CF stands for Christian Formation and 7 is because they are in the 7th grade. The class is studying wisdom, AKA Proverbs this year. The class loved meeting her and she loved meeting them. The first thing they did was teach her how to solve “cubes” The girl in the front right is an amazing puzzle solver. She can solve them in seconds without looking! Next Rainbow Joy read to them from the Bible. She felt sure this is what Thad and Ada would want her to do. They gathered around close to hear what she had to say.
Next we had Academic and Professional Writing with Grade 11. Rainbow Joy was a bit nervous meeting them because they are the oldest students in the school. They look more like grown ups than children. Once she met them it was a different story.
She spent a few minutes with each group, reviewed their papers, and I think she even had some secret advice for Lance. The students were working on restaurant reviews as in an class assignment to practice the writing tools we learned in class. They compared and contrasted three food places that they had all been to. Ayo which is a little expensive but has healthy food, Jollibee which is a fast food chain for Filipino food and the chain that is certainly least in my book, McDonald’s. Rainbow Joy was astonished to read how much they like the chicken at McDonald’s!
You may notice the many different kinds of outfits the students are wearing. Some are wearing the power blue uniform others are wearing traditional Filipino costumes celebrating Buwan ng Wika. Month of Language. Rainbow Joy was surprised to see the wide variety of outfits for both boys and girls. The Spanish missed the mark when they labeled the people here as lazy. Waray Waray, the name of the locals from this area, means nothing nothing. What I see in the clothing and in the food, more on food later, is meticulous detail! There is a great deal of lace work and needlepoint on many of the outfits. I see that same level of detail in the food.
Last but certainly not least is my fifth grade Language class. The reading part of Language Arts is taught by Ms. Stong. We are both in the class for the entire two hours and help each other keep order because there are 28 students in the class.
Ms. Stong also had a couple of friends that traveled with her and she brought them to class. All of the animals agreed that their church friends back home would like to learn about the Philippines and so an idea was hatched. Half of the students will be writing Ms. Stong’s church family and the other half will write Ms. Camarro’s church family. The students are very excited about this project. I have seen the first draft of their letters and many of them have invited you to come visit them. Kathe G. will be looking for volunteers to reply to the letters. If you are interested please let her know.
Rainbow Joy really enjoyed her day at school and is looking forward to her next adventure!