Beginner Phonics C

My Little Terrors

A few weeks ago I was suckered into taking on extra late night shifts. I now have 4 long days that I only end work at 19:30, apparently I am a masochist. But no in all honesty it makes very little difference to my overall day and actually helps with the trains.

I have 3 boys and one girl, they are beginners-full on beginners. When I started the class I had Joshua who was this amazing sweet, polite and great child but he broke his arm in December so I lost him. He was very good in comparison to the other and did every piece of extra work I gave him, I now have Wai Ming who is also very cute and hard working. 🙂

This class is my trickiest class, I have them at 18:30 and its so tiring for them! These kids struggle the most and need a lot of help. They are very cute and hard-working but always so exhausted 🙁

Riston and Risley are twins, Risley is a short bundle of energy and can speak English very well. Riston is the taller of the two and somehow cannot speak any English. When he started with me it was in a Trinity class and he just stared at me in slight shock but now he has really come a long way. He still has a long way to go but it is looking good for him. Both boys really enjoy my classes and try so hard to do the work.

Wai Ming is the strongest kid in the class, his first lessons was not a good one. Since then however, he has really improved and works like an absolute champ! Yik Kan is the girl in my class and I had taught her before phonics so I had an idea of what to expect. She gets very unfocused at times which can be difficult for her, she is trying hard but does tend to fall behind.

We always start our class with the lovely Phonics song and alphabet song which they LOVE! I must try take a video of them at some stage! They jump up and down, clap on the table along with the song and go a little crazy 🙂


Beginner Phonics A & B

Woosh its been a hectic couple of weeks.

The temperatures in Hong Kong decided to drop to freezing so I’m huddled in a classroom with my colleagues sitting around a heater waiting for my next class to start.

Cookoo Kelvins class

Kelvins class has gotten uber adorable but we keep getting make-ups in the class which is really disrupting them. A couple of weeks ago Kelvin started hugging me, as soon as he hugs me Leo wants to join in and throws himself onto the huh, then Oscar wants in and throws himself onto it.We end up being this hilarious but cute standing up dog pile.

We have a new girl in the class, Emily, she started out being very shy but now even though she still doesn’t talk too much she really has fun in the lessons. The boys go a little wild when we sing and she loves it. I’m always watching that they don’t hurt themselves while pulling faces at her during the phonics song and she really is loving it.

I really love this class, they require high energy but they give a lot back so it’s not exhausting!

The little Creatures

Then there’s Ivana and Ivanias class.We have started doubling up to do big and small letters because they are just so darn good. They were getting a little board with the pace so now they having to be pushed which is really good for them. I may have planned a little far in advance but I really know my kids which is great but at the same time I have subs coming in who do not know them so trying to go too fast then will probably be an issue.

Ivan has really blossomed in the past few weeks, he has so much fun in class and now focuses hard on all aspects of the class.  Ivana and Ivania are having some issues with their focus as they really just want to play and have fun without the writing part of the work. Mikki is definitely struggling on the writing aspect of classes, when she isn’t struggling to focus while writing she really flies through the work. At this stage though they all just need to be pushed a little, I think they got a little lazy hehe.

This class can read like absolute champs! I’m planning on spending a few lessons at the end of the book just reading and spelling a few more difficult words. They are more than capable and our intermediate level has a major jump between it and the beginner levels.

We had a new teacher join us about 3 weeks ago and I had her take this class,they did not really enjoy having  a new person. They were super quiet and shy but did everything that was asked of them. I made sure to explain to them exactly what was happening so that when the teacher taught it wasn’t too scary.

Lets see what happens over the next few weeks with Chinese New Year approaching!





Beginners B :)

Oscar,kelvin and Leo

With the end of summer I had a few extra hours free for new phonics classes and so I have two more to talk about 🙂

I can honestly say that I love my beginner kids, they really are the cutest. This class started off with 4 completely different kids, one had no clue what was going on while the other three had varying degrees of English abilities. One child dropped out and I got Oscar in place.

Now Oscar required a bit of work at first as he couldn’t say the sounds correctly for a-c and we were about to start ‘D’, so I did a review. Two days later I had kelvin join and two others drop, I had to do another review lesson to see where he was and to catch him up. He was much stronger than Oscar so we only had to do a lot of work on a. The next week Leo joined in and then I just had these three boys.

Leo,poor kid, was terrible and when he started I wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to  pass his exam. Now 16 lessons in there is hope, at last! These boys are super energetic, I mean they are three boys together in a class so that’s to be expected I guess, but their energy is a little too much for the few 2 people who subbed for me. They are allowed to jump and dance around and sing really loudly, on the condition that when I clap my hands in the air they stop immediately. I’m really strict with them because we don’t have the safest of  classrooms and otherwise they really would go wild.

They love my lessons because of the freedom and when it’s time to work they really knuckle down for me, most of the time. Leo has a big problem with sitting,that’s putting it mildly, Leo cannot sit nicely on a chair to save his life. I have to constantly remind him to sit nicely,but he really tries hard to do his work so he doesn’t get into lots of trouble from me.

Kelvin has started hugging me when he gets to class which is so cute because then Leo joins in and Oscar which leads to a fun few moments to class. Kelvin also hugs me during class when he knows that he is in trouble and is really sorry about it, of course then Leo has to join in and Oscar again. We have a lot of fun and the boys are learning so well. Their reading is improving and even Leo is starting to improve a little with the reading.

I’m leaving them for about 3 lessons with a substitute over Christmas. After hearing about a few horror stories from the other centres I am so nervous, I have made my notes for the sub ‘idiot proof’.Lets hope that everything goes well!