I've stewed long and hard about how to best help them this coming year during our time together. I've reflected on various activities we've tried, what's worked, what hasn't, what they've enjoyed balanced with what they need, what is most helpful but also fun...it's not an easy process. What would you do if you were given these girls for a few hours a month?
They may have limited physical surroundings, but they are incredibly bright and strong and keep me on my toes. They get bored easily, want all the bells and whistles of anything we do online, and it's challenging to motivate them and keep them engaged. Generally they don't like to do anything hard or anything that isn't fun. What child does?
Yet, I have a responsibility to try to help them increase their literacy. Specifically, my goals with them are:
- Girls will improve English language skills
- Girls will learn digital literacy skills
- Girls will strengthen their innovative spirits
So, given what I know of them and what we've experienced together so far, I've decided on a theme this year I want to try:
That's our word. It's our year of Wonder. I want them to foster their innate curiosity about the world. To ask questions. To find answers. To reach and explore. To travel virtually. To discover. Ultimately...to think. To learn how technology helps us think and solve problems and find answers and demonstrate what we've learned.
So, exciting things are in store! Wonder what? Wait and see.