Sunday, April 3, 2016

Michelle Jacobson volunteers 4 weeks with Gurukulam

Michelle Jacobson, a graduate Student with St. Mary's University and ESL Instructor, ELS Language Center, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 spent 4 weeks volunteering her time with us.

She worked extensively with our staff and students. She provided both our children and teachers plenty of learning opportunity and endeared herself with all the children!

Our loving thanks to Michelle! :-)

Here are excerpts from her impressions of the school:

First of all, THANK YOU for the wonderful opportunity to work with your school! I was very pleased for the opportunity to work with such great students and to learn and grow from this experience. 

Thanks for taking your time to fit me into the school`s schedule and for working with me. I had a warm welcome, a warm send-off and a very happy 4 weeks. 

As you know, most of my work was with the primary teacher staff. I was able to get three weeks of lesson plans with standards 1-5.First week I was here the students were doing tests. 

On standards 1-4, I focused on story telling. With standards 1-3, we made our own books, focusing on their own language, illustrations, and working on word spacing. 
Standard  3 was able to perform an American folk tale for an ISA activity. 
Standard 4 worked out of their term three English textbooks with the prose story in the book. We did drama, story boards, and reflecting on the story in their personal lives. 

With standard 5, I worked out of their English text books for the third term (the unit was cell phones)  and the last class was an ISA activity on Petals of the World. I taught about the health benefits of rose water since the rose is the national flower of the USA.

Impressions of the school:
A safe and welcoming environment where kids can run around, have fun, and connect with nature.

Impressions of the staff:

The staff has a great synergy that you can't find in most places. They welcomed me in and I was happy to work with this team!
I think the staff is pliable so to speak and there is room for growth with them. 

.......Impressions of the students:

The students stole my heart, have great energies and skills, and were a pleasure to work with. :)

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