~~~~What a week! After finally settling in, I dove into a few tasks thathave kept me running from dusk to dawn. Currently, I am a first grade homeschool teacher for two boys at OpenArms. Each has severe developmental issues which have hindered theirability to comprehend information and thus causes them to understandinformation and learn at a slower rate than others their age. Thepoint of homeschooling at Open Arms is to hopefully get the childrenup to speed with their appropriate grade level and allow them to testinto the best school in the area, Komga Junior. This has been quitea challenge because of the emotional and physical handicaps that eachchild endures causes them to get frustrated and lose focus quickly.However, in only a week, I have already seen progress in each child andit has been wonderful. We are creating a lovely teacher-studentrelationship that I believe will help me gain the respect fromthem needed to progress and advance their learning developments. Iwill be teaching them this next week too and I hope to continue withtheir progression until it is time for me to hand them back to theiroriginal volunteer the following week. This weekend, I was able to spend lots of time with the Open Armsgrief counselor and child psychologist who gave me incredible insightinto how to address the teaching task at hand. She helped me designthe lesson plans for the week as well as explained some of thetechniques I should use with them in regards to behavior and languageskills, which they lack immensely. We had a few meetings on Fridayand Saturday to help explain to me not only my situation with teachingthe boys, but also what she does when she meets with a child. It wasfascinating to hear the different methods she uses to bring up some ofthe deep rooted issues a child is struggling with and how sheincorporates the different senses of touch, sight, and smell to graspa child's attention. I will be in contact with her via email and seeher again on Thursday and I look forward to asking her more questionsand learning more about what she does and how I can use this newinformation during my time at Open Arms as well in the future. Looking forward to another great week of just spending time with thechildren as well and teaching the two boys!