For my school:
- shaving cream (to practice writing the letters)
- Legos (just the basic ones)
- magnetic letters
- little rolling pin (for play dough)
- ABC or alphabet books
- Any phonics books or books for young children
- the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (love this alphabet book!)
- Dr Seuss books
- Sandpaper Letter Cards - these would be great for my blind students - you have to order them though. Here is the link: http://teachingmama.org/5-ways-to-teach-the-alphabet/
- anything else you think would be good for blind students to practice learning the alphabet and early reading skills
- 3M Command Hooks
- Pop-tarts (preferably the strawberry kind) - you can't find them here :( - Don't ask me why, but I miss them.
- flavored chapstick (I love the Bonne Bell fruit-flavored ones)
- cinnamon - for baking cookies
- my dogs....I wish! - There were THE cutest puppies at Petco in my neighborhood today. SO adorable. My friend couldn't even look at them and waited for me at the corner.
- magazines - I never realized how much I would miss my People and US Weekly magazines
My school address is:
Daejeon Dong-gu Gao-dong 171-1
Daejeon Public School for the Blind
Daejeon, South Korea
About my school...there is so much to tell! The first thing I noticed is that the school is completely open. There are big sliding doors that remain open all day long so anyone can come into the school, which is completely different than in the states. All the schools in my previous district had gone through security updates to where you had to go through the office and be buzzed in and then sign in before coming into the school. Here is a picture of the open doors:
Right inside each set of open doors are cubby-type cabinets where you put your "outside" shoes in your cubby and put your "inside" shoes on. Everyone wears these type of slippers. I totally believe that we need to bring this tradition to the states, don't you? Here are my beautiful slippers:
|The cubby cabinets|
|My awesome slippers|
|That's my co-teacher. She hates to have her picture taken.|
|I love this map|
|My teacher's desk|
|She always wants to hold my hand or touch me in one way or another.|
|Yep, there goes the hair|
|And it got worse....|
|And now the face....this is all becoming a regular occurrence. Why? I have NO idea.|
The last thing I want to share with you is my lunch. Everyone eats the cafeteria lunch at school, even the teachers. It's included in my salary. The food is actually been pretty good, especially compared to the cafeteria food back home. What's funny is that the cafeteria lady sees me coming and gets all excited. I try to fix my own tray, but she will have none of that. She piles on everything...from kimchi (this is served everyday....remember it's fermented vegetables with a tremendous kick to the gut), soup, side dishes, meat, and a huge honkin' pile of rice that only a giant would eat. What do I look like? Well, Koreans will eat that whole tray of food and they are only like 100 pounds. So obviously they know something that I don't. Here is the cafeteria. Notice the rails in the middle of the cafeteria for the blind students to hold onto.
|Going into the cafeteria. It's in another building.|
Here is the cafeteria lady who piles my plate everyday and where you get your food. See this guy gets to make his own plate!
The first two days the food was SO good. Yesterday it was fish. Now in Korea, there is no such thing as a fish fillet without bones. They just give you the whole fish, bones and everything. That was the case yesterday...big bones, medium bones, tiny bones. And the soup yesterday had shrimp in it with the skeletons still on them. In Korea, they eat the skeletons and think nothing of it. This Texan doesn't quite get on with that theory. At least not yet. Today, we had fish again but it was worse. It was the whole fish, and it was a small type of fish. You know what that means. Really small bones. All throughout the fish. So picture me trying to "fish" (haha get it?) the meat out of this fish using only my chopsticks. I'm pretty darn good with my chopsticks. Even the Koreans are impressed. However, I've decided that this is a really good diet plan. Order a fish with tons of little bones and then dig out the meat from the fish using only chopsticks. Talk about eating super slowly. And isn't that one of those diet tips? Well, with this diet plan, you HAVE to eat slowly. You have no choice. And at the end, you decide that you're just really not that hungry. Here is my plate today.
And the fish.....notice all the bones and how tiny they are?
And at the end, you pile all your unwanted food into your soup bowl like this and take it to the dishwashers. They compost all their leftover here in Korea.
As you can see, I had so much leftover food that my rice didn't even make it in the bowl.
Today was a good day at school. Your words of encouragement were wonderful and really touched my heart. Thank you. I went into school today with a different mindset, knowing that God orchestrated this whole journey and put me at that school specifically. Today, I got to sing songs with Seora and her best friend. We even danced and did the motions. We sang the Hokey Pokey, I'm a Little Teapot, Jingle Bells, Head and Shoulders, BINGO, If You're Happy and You Know It, and several more. I had a really good time, and they brightened my day. My lesson plans are made for next week, and I'm excited to be able to do even more with my students.
God bless you for your prayers and words of encouragement. You truly have NO idea how much they mean to me, especially when I'm over here on the opposite side of the world. Love you guys!