Working with FELT at the School for Orphan Children in Balti was a very memorable experience. The children were all so eager to learn and participate in the activities.
The children were excited to learn new vocabulary about parts of the body and they quickly memorized several new words and their meanings. This was a nice lead-in to the jazz chant about a sick child who feels terrible. By the end of the jazz chant, all the students were singing along.
They were responsive to the pop-up book activity during which they were encouraged to notice problems with the teacher’s reading of the text and to firmly and appropriately ask the teacher to read differently. Then, the students themselves finished telling the pop-up story in Russian.
The bubble activity was a very fun change of pace for the students. As the bubble song played in the background, they were encouraged to catch the bubbles without touching each other.
It was a pleasure to interact with the kids, and I am looking forward to visiting the school again as soon as possible.
English Language Fellow
Alecu Russo University