We are in week 6 (out of 7) of Summer intensive and I am both glad it is coming to an end and sad!
A good rule of thumb when moving to Hong Kong is that within the first month most people get sick and need to take sick leave. In my training group several of the new teachers did just that. Some of us stuck it out, but almost everyone got sick to some varying degree. The good thing about Hong Kong is that you can find Doctors all over the place.
So my phonics kids are doing super well! My four boys became three (Chin Jip, Chris and Jerry) and in the last week it’s just been two of them (Chris and Jerry). I have been making them go home and learn the spelling words for long vowels; these are the hardest words to spell correctly.
I have been teaching 3 Summer Little Monkeys classes three times a week, Mon/Wed and Fridays 9:30-11:00 (Monkeys A) and 1:30-15:00 (Monkeys B) with an hour lunch break in between. Then on a Tuesday I have one Little Monkey class and a few other Phonics lessons. My monkeys classes had about 8-9 kids in them at a stage and my word have they been exhausting!