Guest post by Jessica Pelski
Yesterday was filled with hard work shoveling rocks, laughing faces dancing to ‘Juju on that Beat’ and fun times hanging out with the children while another group–including our littlest missionary, Savannah (age 6)–drove to the Mexican Walmart to pick up some more groceries and supplies.
One of the highlights on the trip so far has been sitting down in small groups trying to teach the kids English as a second language. Using vocabulary cards with a picture and the English word on it, we would say the word and have the children repeat it several times. Then we would have each kid say it aloud by themselves. And then to wrap it up, in my group, I would count to three and the whole group would say the word together. I noticed that when I did it this way, the kids that were too embarrassed or too shy to say the word alone would actually participate. After we went through all the vocabulary cards, there would be a hands-on activity which would allow the children to use what they just learned.
For example, my group was ‘People and Jobs’ so for our activity we had figurines. I would pull one out of the bag and the kids would say “teacher’ or ‘grandmother’. I noticed while teaching that it was very difficult for the kids to say the letters ‘th’ together like in the word ‘father’. They also struggled with pronouncing the ‘u’ in ‘uncle’. It made me realize how hard the English language really is.
It has been such a joy being able to take some time out of the day to connect with the children using our own language.
It has been such a joy being able to take some time out of the day to connect with the children using our own language. My hope is that they will want to keep learning English in order to communicate with us and other missionary groups in the future.
A team of twenty-two people, including high school students and parents with young children, are in Acapulco, Mexico, visiting our ministry partners at Casa Hogar Children’s Home. We’ve been partnering with Casa Hogar for more than twenty years and have seen generations of children grow up knowing the love of Christ.
Dawn teaching how to teach ESL
Girls working on demolition