Wonderful kids who I want to know better
Volunteering with Peace Pals like all the other times was a great learning experience. When I arrived at the center helped two younger kids with their sight words. We went through a list they each had. We spelled, sounded out, and then wrote each word. There were times when they would get tired and not want to continue so I had to find ways to keep them focused and eager to continue. It was a little hard to keep the boy I was helping focused nut we were able to finish homework before his mother came to pick him up. The little girl that I was helping went through the list fast. Afterwards, we read a book that was about a bird family finding a new nest and she did an awesome job finding words she just learned in the text. I would say that overall the experience was pleasant and I look forward to going back.
When I went to volunteer with Peace Pals I was excited and also interested to see what it would be like to volunteer back to back days. When I got to the volunteer site the children had already been picked up. I went around and asked if anyone need help with anything and a couple of students asked that I help them with homework. Some of the older students needed help with their math homework. I was able to help them understand a little more the fraction and word problems they were working on. After helping them with their math homework I helped some other student with their english homework they were studying poetry and I helped them understand terms that their teacher wanted them to know. After that, some of the smaller kids needed help with their assignments so I sat and went over writing skills with them. It was really difficult to keep them focused because they got distracted by everything. After they finished their work they were able to play and I played with them. I was helping two boys build domino towers which they would knock down and rebuild. I would say that I had a good experience volunteering overall. When I work with the kids they really encourage me to practice my patience skills but at the end of the day, they are pretty precious. Some feedback that I have is that I really like the point system the volunteer coordinator has installed with the program if the children behave and finish their homework they get points that allow them to earn a prize. I think it helps them to be responsible and accountable for their work and shows them that working hard gets rewarded.