Hi everyone, it’s my fourth day in Brazil. I haven’t just been on vacation in Brazil, but I have also been doing some volunteer work. Monday, I started working in a Brazilian daycare center where I am assisting the teachers. I care for toddlers ages 2-3. If I had my preference, I would work with 6-7 year old because they are at an age where they can focus a bit more and learn actual school things whereas with toddlers you have to baby them the whole time, so there isn’t much teaching or anything going on, even though “technically,” we’re supposed to be teaching English. Don’t get me wrong, the babies are adorable and as soon as I came in, they gave me a hug. They call all the teachers/ volunteers “tia,” or “tio.”
They are adorable, but toddlers…I generally don’t work with them, but I manage. The day goes something like this. The children are in the classroom at their desks and you try to teach them colors or number, but they just run around. Another toddler throws a tantrum and won’t get off the floor, another toddler is running around the room, so you say “nao corre,” ( don’t run) and they keep doing it anyway, so then they bump their head. Then you have to pick the baby up and rub their head and say “onde doi,carinha?” Then they go and play and watch a video, they eat lunch and then finally they lay down and take a nap…yada yada yada
We taught them to play musical chairs and ring around the rosie. They got how to play the game and they did wonderful. When we tried to teach them how to say “around,” in English when they went around in a circle, they kept saying “rooow rooow,” they couldn’t quite pronounce it, but it was cute as could be. So, they’re cute and eveyrthing, it just takes a lot of energy, you have to jump up and down with them, feed them and watch them etc… Taking care of children is hard, especially when you have a language barrier, but I’ll manage.