Perfect Spellings

We have been working really hard for the past few months on spellings, my intermediate kids and I. We have been working on the system I started with Ivan and it has made a huge difference in the kids confidence and spelling abilities. We have been fixing our spelling words as we go along,helping them hear their mistakes and giving them the options to fix the mistakes.

Today for the first time they all got 10/10 for their spellings. Each and everyone of them. All 6 kids.

They didn’t even need me to say check your vowels. They did it all themselves this time.

I am elated. In fact elated doesn’t even cover it. I know next lesson may have them needing guidance again, but the fact that they have gotten this far and even once didn’t need my help. Just wow.

What a day ? Proud teacher alert!

Tears in class

Today was a really good lesson for Ivana’s class. They were blending beautifully with me on the board and trying super hard at the bookwork. The girls did great on the spelling and have gotten better at accepting mistakes as we fix them as we go along.

Apparently Ivan is not doing well with the mistakes idea. For some reason he seems to think that it is the worlds worst thing. Today he made a mistake and struggle to fix it so we were going to move on and do it later but he refused point blank to move on. He actually started crying because I wanted to get moving. With those heart breaking cries of course I then had to hug him and slowly went over the word with him. The girls were trying to help him as well and were trying to comfort him by saying look we also got some wrong.

It was so cute and I am glad that everything I have taught them over the last few months. It was really adorable so I actually gave them extra monkey stamps as a reward.

GracePie returns


Recently one of our old students returned to us. She was one of my favourite little kids last year. She was so much smaller the last time I saw her, but still had the cute little smile.

There had been a definite shift in chatrooms just before summer. The chat rooms were getting calmer and dare I say it: easier to manage or maybe they have just started listening to the instructions better. I’m not sure which one but I can say it had helped with our 9 kid chatrooms.

Now the only class that was still a little trying was miss Vivians class. Vivian is the little girl who loves attention, silently cries until you let her sit on your lap and always wants hugs. In comes Grace for a few chatrooms, used to having all the attention and she was not happy.

Now Grace is adorable but has acquired a new need for attention. To the extent that when Vivian got attention she had to have it as well.  Between Grace and Vivian a little war was growing, who could get the most attention.

Now the last few  weeks Grace has joined a Cambridge class, her war with Vivian is over because Vivian is no longer around but the problem is she isn’t getting the attention she wants. Being a smart cookie she has realised that if she starts crying before class she will get the attention from whichever teacher is nearest. Well that is until I told them all to put a stop to it. Clever little girl now starts crying in class and then the teacher has to give her attention.

Oooosh what shall they do with the little girl now?

The Disappearing Eraser

Today Doris joined Emily’s Intermediate class for a makeup lesson. Leo had a bunch of cute yellow face erasers. He was super proud of them, which was cute, while we were waiting for the rest of laa to show up he took them out and proceeded to show me each one.

A few minutes later class began and so did the usual chaos of having a makeup kid, singing and talking and laughing ensued for the allotted time.When it was time for board work I used the big boards for a change. I got several silly responses such as “ Why miss Heather”, “But No No Miss Heather”.

Once boardwork was  going I had to tell Doris several times to stop playing, which made my kids upset. The next moment Doris started fighting with Leo, saying he stole one of her erasers. Now I knew Leo wasn’t a thief and that it was most probably that Doris just wanted one of his or had lost it before class.

Either way as I had counted the erasers with him and we did a thorough search of the class we couldn’t find it. She eventually gave in and I took away 3 stars for lying. The whole time Leo was near tears and the poor boy was trying to prove to her that she made a mistake. I don’t tolerate that in my class so she got into a lot of trouble

Unfortunately for Doris it left a very unfavourable first impression on the rest of the kids in the class. To this day when they see her the other 3 kids treat her with politeness and no more.

Even though it was a bad first class impression Doris and I get along very well now, she no longer lies and apologised for it. It seems as if she had lost it before but was too scared to tell her mom L 🙁

Karen and the scream that could wake the desiccated.

Shortly before Summer we had a student join us called Karen. Very smart, her English was strong and she could be very cute, if she liked you.

Luckily she liked Lindi and I otherwise things would have gotten very difficult.

One day she turned up to chat room as usual and I was teaching next door as per usual. She had her usual teacher and everything was normal. I started my class with Ems we started singing and everything was going smoothly.
I jumped out of my skin, my kids and all the kids in the center got a fright. The poor teacher she was with got the fright of her life. The screaming continued until the admin managed to get her out.
She had entered class, sat on a chair and seemed fine until the screaming started. From her chair. For no reason.

We thought that ok this was an isolated incident, she was having a bad day.
She returned on Wednesday for Lindi’s chatroom and everything was fine, she had fun, did her work and it all went well.
Thursday comes and she’s in Camerons class, she enters the class, sits down, and suddenly MOMMMMMMMMA, MAAAAAAAAMMMMMAAAAAAA, MAAMMMMMMMA.

Friday with Cormac, she sits down quietly and the class starts. Names are on the board, singing is going smoothly and then MOMMMMMMMMA, MAAAAAAAAMMMMMAAAAAAA, MAAMMMMMMMA.

Monday was my day off, so I didn’t get to see..wait let’s rephrase that..I didn’t get hear the delicate tones but boy did I hear about them later. Karen appeared in Lisas class and yes, you guessed it, MOMMMMMMMMA, MAAAAAAAAMMMMMAAAAAAA, MAAMMMMMMMA. Apparently this time she didn’t make it to her seat.
By Tuesday they switched her to my class for the first time. She came in, laughed, smiled sat down and didn’t scream. Not even once.

Wednesday they decided she was just being difficult and must be over her issues. This time she was put into Cormacs chat room, guess what…… MOMMMMMMMMA, MAAAAAAAAMMMMMAAAAAAA, MAAMMMMMMMA. She hadn’t even finished walking into the classroom. Didn’t make it to her chair, and with no reason nor warning the screaming began.

This went on for a few more days, until her mom decided to rearrange all chatrooms so that they were with Lindi and I.It got to the point where whenever the admin saw her we would just all go MAAMMMMMMA and have a good giggle over it.

MOMMMMMMMMA, MAAAAAAAAMMMMMAAAAAAA, MAAMMMMMMMA was so loud that you could hear it outside.

Laughter is the best medicine

Today I had a new trial child in chat room, he didn’t listen to instructions very well.
we were a semi-big class with I think 6 students in it. Oscar and Dickson had started to find it highly entertaining to have me lie on the floor and move my legs around while I played dead, this was during Chinese New year when it was just the three of us.
They tried the same thing today. I told them all to not jump, so no one tried to jump over me. That is until the new boy, who didn’t know that Miss Heather is very strict, tried to jump over me. Believe me, tried is the operative word.
At this stage Oscar and the rest had been pushing me and working together to try roll me onto my side, they partially succeeded. The Trial boy jumped as they got me on my side, his foot hooked and he fell forward onto his knees a little, thankfully my class rules and the way I set everything up allows for as much safety as one can have with little uns. He had his head under the little white board and instead of crawling out then lifting up his head, he lifted it up and knocked it.
As soon as he fell I was laughing, I knew he was ok! I am not that much of a monster 🙂  Then he did that and the only thing could think of was to laugh and to make him laugh so he didn’t start screaming.It was really funny and with a lot of hugs and laughs he was perfectly fine afterwards. I really shouldn’t have laughed so much afterwards, but I couldn’t help myself. 
It’s laugh or cry some days.

No Kitty!

                                                                                                    17 March

Today I was doing an Appraisal for L in her chatroom class. It was a very fun class! 

L was very good and so much fun to watch as she acted out words like swim, picnic and flowers. For growing flowers she started by crouching down and slowly ‘growing’  up, finally throwing her hands into the air to show that flowers bloom in spring. I was trying hard not to giggle watching all of this. 
However, the best thing I saw all day was her one little kid Tin Lok. Tin Lok started as a nightmare child last year when I first started, he went away during summer and came back a whole new child!We constantly joke with our colleague Cormac that he is Tin Loks’ dad. 
Today a girl called Kitty was not in class, apparently they have a budding romance! 
Tin Lok wouldn’t sit in the single empty chair next to the rest of the kids because he wanted a chair that Kitty could sit next to him. He was extremely adamant that it was Kitty’s chair.
I’d like to just say that Kitty was not in class today.
However, this did not phase Tin Lok who kept stroking the chair and saying ‘Kitty’, as soon as anyone even looked at the chair.
Come table time, he needed to have ‘Kitty’ next to him.
If you tried to move the chair he got very upset and said ‘Kitty, Kitty Kitty’ louder and faster.
So there he was sitting with Kitty and L played along, asking if he would give Kitty a colour to do the craft and up pops Katie, who was thoroughly confused at this point. She looked at the chair, looked at Tin Lok and finally at L and said, but No Kitty! L laughed, I laughed and Tin Lok just glared at Katie, it was hilarious.
Up to mischief

Hugs for Teacher

                                                                                                              11 March
Today I had Bruce and Joseph but no Timmie in a Phonics class, just the way my boys like it. As much as Timmie has grown on the boys they do prefer it when she isn’t in class, probably because she shows them up a little hehe.
They were super cute!!! They were very excited that I was back after my short holiday and Bruce decided during singing time that he had to climb on my lap and hug me tight. 
This then, of course, meant that Joseph had to try do the same thing. I say try because he is taller than Bruce and we didn’t have much space. He hugged both Bruce and I, all while singing the song I might add, and semi successfully managed to balance on my leg. 
I don’t even know what he was thinking but a few minutes later Joseph was trying to climb up me (I mentioned the no clue part right?) and ended up knocking my glasses off and then Bruce kicked over the pencils, at the exact same time.
It was hilarious, all I could do was laugh.
Bruce then slipped off to pick up the pencils (I have taught him well) but got stuck because Joseph was still clinging onto him and onto me. So I had Bruce making his usual distressed noises, half on and half off me, Joseph slipping off me but clinging on for dear life and I was just laughing, which had them laughing.
After that though we had to actually stop and do some work, but it was a good start to our lesson.

About Chat Room :)

Chat Rooms will be different in each learning center as they will all have their own way of doing things.But to give you a general idea of how a chat room could go, keep reading.

Chat rooms are about teaching the younger kids some basic vocabulary, letting them have fun and being a glorified babysitter at times. The kids ages for Chat Room are usually 2-5 at the oldest, usually by 5 the parents are trying to put them into Phonics classes.

I usually spend some time playing with them while getting their names on the board and then singing a few songs. My kids love 5 Little Monkeys, The Wheels on the bus (with my improvements hehe) ABC and the newly improved Head Shoulders.We also have table time where we complete book work and do some colouring and then I do sticker time because I make them come up two at a time and we do a book.

During December we did a whole bunch of crafts during the week, some of which were yummy and some were just sticky messes. Overall the crafts and science idea that we get are not always young child friendly, sometimes the curriculum planners do not think about the ages of the kids and we tend to go a little rogue then 🙂


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 🙂