12th July 2017, Tami
I confess. I slept just 4 hours. It’s 6:30 (well, you know that’s not true, it’s 6:50). Ay madre mía! 9 horas con estos tiburones hambrientos that want to know always more, do more, play more and more and more… 5 more minutes…I beg to my alarm… no answer… ok, let’s go, you can do it Tami, think of the deep siesta you will take this afternoon. Mmmm, it works. Ok, vamos!
And there he is, with his eyes open and shiny like the sun. Davide, tell me your secret, do you ever get tired? I mean, not even at some point of the day? How many hours do you sleep? 14? Not even when you spend half of the day running and playing hide and seek? Not even those days?!?
The cold water of the ocean wakes me up. The ecosystem of the Ocean is well know by our kids but still is such a mystery, deep, calm and wild, transparent, blue and dark, full of wonders and full of creatures that none of us has never ever seen.
Together we talk about the oceans and seas, about what we know and what we are curious about. We learn some animals in English, and we review them by playing guessing games, go and touch, touch and disappear. We really want to make sure to learn all this animals in English, you never know when you can, all of the sudden, be exploring in the middle of the ocean with a British sailor!!
We’ve been putting some background music while making crafts, and one of the favorite ones, that has sticked in their minds is “Baby shark”. There is no double thinking for Ali and Tami when the kids speak up that they want to learn something new, specially if it’s in English. We don’t miss this opportunity. In the video below, our kids go through their memory, those phrases that have been looping these days in their minds, mmmm…how was the song Tere?
Surprised by how much they knew about the song, without having had an active focus learning, made us think of how music and lyrics soak our skin making us learn songs, although it’s not our mother tongue! Oh! Wait a second, the video stopped recording and you actually haven’t found out how the song continues! Check it out here!
It’s time to make our own ocean jars. It’s so amazing how they’ve learnt the routine, they ask in English, they work together. They are so enthusiastic! And they are enjoying so much, me too! Last Saturday we went to Ali’s brother weeding. The tables were decorated with beautiful, shiny, minerals… our recycling bulb lighted up. We looked at each other and without using a word I knew what she was thinking and she knew what I was thinking. “We don’t know what we will do with these stones and how, but our creative kids will literally LOVE them, and they will know what to do with them” . It took a couple of days to find ot this new use. Making Ocean jars by Emma.
There is a movie perfect for today, Moana. This brave teenager has thought and inspired us to become master way-finders in a constant search of our own identity. For them, for us. I look at you, there is a twinkle in your eyes. One day we’ll know, how far we’ll go. English, curiousity, an adventure feeling and a constant searching of their own path. We do for us, and we try to share with them. And we try our best, I’m sure about that.
We’ve ended our day making this picture. And I feel, so much greatfulness in my heart for all we are learning, discovering nd feeling together with all of our explorers.
The day is over and there is a long siesta waiting for me. A real one of two hours. At least. Hasta mañana!!!
READ MORE IN OUR TRAVELOGUE“EXPLORE THE WORLD SUMMER CAMP ’17”
Day 8. Into the deep blue ocean