The last two mornings I passed out embroidery thread so they could make bracelets. I had to come up with a system to pass out the colors in an orderly way; otherwise the girls swarm around me and put their hands in front of my face so their hand is the closest one when I pass out the strings. That was crazy! Finally I decided to pass out the strings in a slow but less chaotic way. The girls stand in a circle around me and I go around the circle asking them to pick one color, which I then distribute. I keep going around the circle until the strings run out for that day or everyone has five strings.
I've also been playing a lot of cards with the students. I taught them Crazy Eights when I first arrived, but since the redundancy week began, I've taught them Spoons and Slap (aka Egyptian Ratscrew). I have plans to add Rummy, President, and Nertz to the mix once enough girls know the other three games. A deck of cards is a great thing to bring on any trip; people can be entertained for hours with something that takes up hardly any room in a suitcase.
|Lettuce! Only a week or two until we start eating it.|
|Left: the first corn shoots. Right: beans|