Doug and I had the idea - kicked off by a desperate mom - to offer an English immersion class at the local elementary school. What we were originally asked for was tutoring but we can't really do that - Doug's gone a lot and then I have very little time. So we came up with the concept of language immersion - an hour or two a week, with games and songs, comic books and DVDs.
We approached the school and they were delighted. They offered us the use of a dedicated classroom, "and whatever you need". Heh. Can I have a camera? Just kidding.
They also asked us how much we'd charge. That caught me by surprise because we never thought of this as a money making opportunity. So I said brightly, "Oh, nothing, of course. We just want to do something for the community." Great, said the director. We fixed a time - Fridays, after the nursery school/Kindergarten closes at 3 pm - and composed a letter to the parents, asking for sign-ups so that we would know if there was any interest at all, and how much.
I said to Doug, "You know, if it's only a few kids, we can just as well do this at home."
The letter went out yesterday. So far, we have sixty kids signed up. We'll have to make groups and offer more days. Who'd knew this would be so wildly popular?
I need more material to decorate the classroom. I have some ABC walls and other stuff but not as much anymore as I thought I had. Most I gave to the little preschool that David went to in Armenia. This is something we do on a volunteer basis, and as much as we don't charge for it, we can't very well invest lots of money (that we don't have).
So, I'm begging of you:
If you have any pre-school and elementary school classroom deco that you don't need anymore, would you consider sending it to us? Word walls, calendars, bulletin board stuff, ABCs, posters with colors and shapes and simple words (think pre-school, as these are kids who just start out with a new language), anything would be more than welcome.
Also, if I order some stuff off Oriental Trading, would someone be willing to receive the package and send it on to Germany?
Thank you in advance!