This is the kids' last week of lessons until October 1 as their tutor is having a baby (congratulations to her!!) so she will take the month off. Funds from the kids' sponsors for their lessons in September have instead been put towards paying off Yoandi's school tuition for this year.
The boys had a lesson from 3-4 on September 2nd. The boys seemed more hesitant about school this week, noting that many things they were learning were difficult for them. They hadn't brought their school books, but Andy showed her on the board some math equations they were doing at school that he didn't understand. They spent the class reviewing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It will take some time to get the boys caught up to where they should be.
Andrielis had a lesson this week from 1:30-3:30 on August 30th. I had prepared a lesson on malnutrition that can be read HERE. I had done three lessons earlier on HIV/AIDS that she really enjoyed, so I wanted to continue with this. Science and health is something that really interests Andrielis and is an interest I want to encourage. They spent about a half hour of the lesson doing translation. She still forgets some of the top 10 verbs, so reading and writing them over and over again has been working well at immersing her in the language.
The other 1.5 hours was spent on the malnutrition lesson. There was new Spanish vocabulary that she learned through the article, and then they broke down each paragraph to really understand what was being said. She had lots of questions and Caitlin noted that they both really had fun with this, which I was glad to hear. This is is something I am going to want to continue on different health topics. The article shows a photo of a malnourished child in Haiti, so Andrielis asked a lot about what Haiti is like. The statistics of children under age 5 who die really struck her. The conversation went a bit into obesity as well, as the polar extreme. She concluded by saying that when she is older, she wants to help those kids that are suffering. She says that Sonia often tells her and Andy that they have quite an opportunity that many others don't have, and that they need to make the most of it. I was really pleased to hear about this.
I have fully paid off the kids' tuition for this year. The headmaster gave me until September 5th to pay it, or the cost would go up (I was getting a discount for paying all at once). I donate 10% of my salary every month to charity, so advanced on that to pay the rest of this year's tuition. It is fully paid, and now I am going to focus on fundraising for next year.