Welcome back to Langmobile everyone!!! This is Meagan, writing to you again about what we do here at Langmobile and how kids are learning English everyday.
Some of you may be asking yourselves: Who is Meagan Hawes?
Last week I introduced myself in my first blog, More than just an English Immersion summer camp, but there is one thing I did not mention and that you do not know about me, I have Down syndrome. The first day when I started to work here at Langmobile, there were a lot of open doors and when I walked through those doors I knew that I was going to be a part of the team. I have been working at Langmobile for eight years now and I love working here and I love working with kids learning English. I believe I am good at it too, especially with the younger preschool kids.
My experience working with Langmobie has been a very positive one, I am surrounded with a supportive team. Every year the team has accepted me and has treated me no differently because of my Down syndrome. Langmobile has become a home away from home. I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Nicole Bianco for giving me for a great opportunity. She has helped me to be my best self. Over the years my job here has been to do what every other junior counselor has done – Clean, clean & CLEAN. This summer Nicole has given me my first promotion to be a teacher assistant and I am starting to write blogs about Langmobile and what we do every day.
So, here I am writing back to you about this week from our Saint Lambert location. Saint Lambert elementary school, Which by the way is my old school. It is very special to be back here and seeing the classrooms and hallways! I have also had the chance to see some people from my time at the school like Pat the receptionist. I also have very fond memories here of the principle Enzo Di Ioia and Elizebeth Britton.
Back to work
Week 3 July 13-July 17
This week we had great weather, the sky was clear most days and the sun bright. Once again we had happy campers, smiling, laughing and having fun. Just what we want for our English immersion program.
Best part of all is that with so much fun being had the kids do not even realize they are learning English.
The energy of the camp this week is to exercise every day and to be healthy and OFTEN DRINK WATER!!!! It is SMART thing to do and the wellbeing of campers is a priority at Langmobile. Sun screen is also very important it is applied twice a day.
This week we had A MOUNTIAN theme, the kids have been learning English everyday and some words of the week are: North, East, South, West. They actually made a compass as a craft activity.
Specialty activities were Fitness/ Yoga and Mini-Chef. It was time to get in shape and to be connected to your inner self. Our training program introduces kids to the importance of good physical health. The kids do a circuit of exercises and then end with some relaxing yoga and meditation all the while learning English.
Mini-Chef is always a very popular activity and it’s filled with fun and healthy recipes. The mini-chef group had 3 favorite recepies which were Lasagna, pizza, cake in a cup. Everyone is having so much fun. They are learning a lot every day. I am so proud of each of them. KEEP LEARNING ENGLISH!!!
Wednesday was WATER GAMES DAY!! Kids are having fun splashing around. They cooled off while learning English!!! They love getting wet and they also love playing with the hose. Zachary, Matt and Caleb are our Water games animators and they do a great job animating the games.
We had a show Friday @ 3:30 kids to demonstrate Fitness /Yoga. Parents had the chance to see different yoga poses that the kids had been learning and the kids are very happy to be in the show. Namaste Kids!!! Before every show I always try and encourage the kids with some English expressions like
Have fun and smile!
Break a leg!
Show them what you got!
KNOCK YOUR PARENTS SOCKS OFF!!!!!
Sometimes I have to explain what these expressions mean but once they get it we always have a laugh learning new English expressions.
This week one of the campers approach me and said ”I love Langmobile because you are here” and that made me feel happy inside. When she said that I almost had tears. She made me smile, I never expected that comment.
The counselor of this week is Nikki because of her hard work and dedication to Fitness/Yoga. Nikki has a big heart and I can see how she loves the kids and wants them to succeed in learning English and having fun. GO NIKKI GO, YOU ROCK!!!
Thanks for reading Everyone – Meagan Hawes