Day two and all is well. A few changes for the better:
The group of 4-7-year-olds was split into two groups: 4s/5s and 6s/7s. It was so difficult trying to move 20 children around with some of them being so young! That was the good news. I had the youngest crew — oh my goodness, they are beyond cute!
Upon arrival I had my little charge who had brought her breakfast with her. She hadn’t had time to eat AND get to the bus on time. Time crunches are universal! It turns out that another little girl had not had any breakfast either, so Allyson prepared her some cheese and tomatoes along with juice and fruit.
We again started our day in the big group with music and a skit. Paul and Marianna (great name, eh?!) are doing a wonderful job…Tolly and Vera were happy to be inside and using microphones so that they could be heard by all the children.
My group had games after the big group. Challenging to get 10 little miniatures to listen to instructions first in English and then in Russian, but Glenn got the job done. She prepared several tag variants for these children, and it was hysterical watching the little teenies trying to play. The first tag game was called snake tag. A cloth was tucked into the back of the pants of the last person in line…the tail. The first person in line was the head. Everyone stood in a line holding the shoulders of the person in front of them. At the signal, the head tried to run back and grab the tail. We had as much fun watching as they had playing. We also played tunnel freeze tag (ask me about the rules later, if you’re interested) and then we returned to out favorite: Duck, duck, goose. I am getting worn out!
From games we moved to music. Our group is concentrating on Allelu, allelu, allelu, alleluia, praise ye the Lord. They enjoy the crouching down and the stretching up, but I’m not hearing too much singing! Put a hand motion with a song, and these kiddos love it!
Next we had “open.” Bad news. Nothing planned. Became part of the schedule when we split one group into two and shortened the times in each event. Why bad news? Well, translators didn’t travel with the groups — they were assigned to specific teachers. Group leaders were on their own to entertain, teach, challenge, or whatever. The leaders with absolutely no Russian language were at a complete loss for their 30-minute segments. I could speak and understand somewhat — but keeping an eye on 10 children, many of whom had older siblings somewhere on site and wanted to see them, made for an interesting time. I am soooo thankful for a mother of one of my group who just pitched in and began helping me corral them. She found sidewalk chalk and our life as we knew it was changed from chaotic to sooo relaxed.
Lunch. Sandwich, juice, fruit. And my crew then had Bible time. Amanda and Vera once again did a great job engaging the little ones.
Our final stop before the closing big group session was in the art room. Today we painted T-shirts. Unfortunately the camera battery died before I could get some of my guys painting, but Jim had taken pictures of the older kids working on their shirts. Everyone seemed to like this particular project, and tomorrow they will be able to take the shirts home. I think.
We sang, heard a summary of the lessons learned, and then we were excused to either go home or to the bus.
So glad that Tolly asked me to bring a DVD…Ratatouille in Russian. Gotta love it.