Saturday, July 24, 2010

Week Two of Chinese Students

"Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge"
Proverbs 12:1

Two new friends, Chloe and Yo-Yo

Another great week of school with my ESL students. This was Friday, and we were finishing our class time with some of America's in-class games.

We played "Heads Up, 7 Up"...
The students put their heads down on the desks, eyes closed, with their thumbs pointing up on the back of their heads.

The few selected up front then quietly walk among them, touches someone's thumb, then returns up front. (When the thumb is tapped, that student puts the thumb down so it isn't touched twice.) We call out "Heads Up, 7 Up",

and the 'touched thumb' kids stand, and try to pick which person it was that touched them. They get to be up front if they guess correctly.

...and "Four Corners".
In this game, "It" stands in the middle of the room and counts to 10, while the students make their way to each of the 4 corners of the room, as quietly as possible.

Then, "It" points to the corner that he last hears a sound coming from. Pastor Craig encouraged "tricks" during Four Corners,

the kids were tossing items to make noise in other corners than their own, with all having a great time! We then played with 3 corners until the last person. This is the out corner, getting into the fun.

This class was a smaller group than the first one, but as enthusiastic to learn as the others. Really, it's a joy to have students with the desire to gain knowledge!

Creatively, let me share a quick project. My version #1 of a decorated tee shirt. This ~

became ~


Happy Creating!


  1. Sounds like you are enjoying your ESL class...I remember playing 7Up when I was just a daughter who recently moved out is hoping to teach her first ESL class with the Baptist Association in her area.

  2. You certainly have a gift of teaching....

    Love the shirt.

  3. You've been busy! Looks like you're having fun. And I love the t-shirt! Are those cottons that scrunched up when you put them through the wash?

  4. Sounds like the teaching is fun; glad you are enjoying it.

    Darling T-shirt project!

  5. I think from the sounds of it that you had more fun than the kids! A great kid game to remember!

  6. Glad you are enjoying your classes. That is a really cute shirt. I am thinking about flowers on my daughter jeans. Great idea!

  7. I'm enjoying catching up with your much creativity this summer. Loved all the photos of the children. :-)

  8. So how did the little scraps of fabric get attached to the looks so bright and cheery.

    The Chinese kids look like they are really engaged......why do they have the love of learning and American kids just act so indifferent? Have we given them too much?

    They are lucky to have you teaching them and they all look like they know that!

    Happy Sewing

  9. Oh I use to love playing heads up 7 up! Growing up in N. CA, on rainy days, where we were indoors, the teacher always let us play! :o) Your story brought back such good memories. :o)
    Your shirt is so cute! What a fun idea!
    Have a great weekend.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  10. I had forgotten all about heads up 7 up!!!!

  11. Hi Mrs. Davis! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Yes, randomness is very much contagious! :) I've never played 4 corners but I do love playing heads up 7up.


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