During my first week here, my co-teacher--Heather--and I organized & decorated our classroom. Our first two weeks were about snowmen and penguins, so I made "Penelope the Penguin" for one of our bulletin boards. You can't tell from the picture, but the beak is 3D & sticks out! My new project for this week is a bulletin board with candy & the kids' pictures on it.
Every morning we have a different activity out for the kids to get started with. At least once a week we have the dress-up baskets out. This day we had a princess, a duck with fairy wings & high heels, and Batman! Other types of activities include cars, small houses, and blocks.
I've been enjoying my mornings in childcare, but that's not all I'm doing here on campus. In the afternoons I have been transcribing the Linguistic department's documents from the American Phonetic Alphabet (APA) to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Easy, right? Well, it's not really difficult just time consuming. First I had to learn IPA, because I learned APA when I was here in the training. Now I'm going through each sheet of data & homework, checking to make sure it's still the same word in the "translated" version.
I've also been able to help out with two of the Outreach programs. The students are required to work on an outreach team in the area, and I'm working alongside them. Yesterday we got to attend training for one as a group--it was really neat for the four of us to get together with the other ladies who volunteer from the area. I'm excited to see what God has planned for this program! One group will go to their outreach on Monday evenings, and the other on Thursday afternoons. They've each met once at my house, and I'm looking forward to hearing what God does through them!
Thanks so much for your prayers while I'm here in Missouri. I could NOT be here without them! Next weekend I'm planning to make a quick weekend trip home to Louisiana to see my brother. I'm excited to see him!