Vacation Week at Starfish

As you may remember, this school year started in May instead of April and will continue through February.  Along with the shift in start/end date, the government decided to shift to a standardized 2-semester “quimestre” system instead of the trimester system formerly used in most schools.

One exciting side affect of this standardization of the schedule – All schools take exams during the same week, and consequently have vacation at the same time as well.  This gave Starfish the opportunity to have our first ever week of Vacation activities.  While schools gave the students 2 full weeks of vacation, we held special Starfish sessions for the first week with extended hours, giving the second week free for students to travel with their families.

Below, Argenis, Anthony and Arelisa from Flor de Bastión tell us about their week of vacation with Starfish.

Italian class with Sylvie!

“Our vacation was very fun because Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we were at Starfish.  The first day was Tuesday, it was great.  We made cards to respond to the ones our Pen Pal wrote.  We worked with Sylvie – She was teaching us Italian.  We also had another group of games where the kids had a lot of fun.  To finish this day, we had a snack (broccoli, carrots and other veggies).  Almost nobody liked it but we had to eat anyway 🙂

Pen Pal letters!
Anthony and friends playing our new Connect 4 Launchers game 🙂

The second day some students did crafts – some beautiful butterflies, and another group did jewelry – bracelets, pens with their names on it.  This day the snack was better – banana milkshake with strawberry and popcorn.  We finished that snack haha.

Prepping Wednesday’s snack in Guasmo – thanks Steve and Isaac for the help!
Sylvie learned how to make bracelets on Wednesday in Guasmo – and taught David on Thursday in Flor!

The third day we began with an important meeting about the use of Social Media and about the consequences.  Later we played a fun game led by Starfish Employee Tyrone Tumbaco.  It was really fun.  And this day ended with a delicious snack – yogurt with granola, bananas and crackers.  It was fun, but not too much because it was Sylvie’s last day 😦 “

Maricruz presenting on Social Media

Tyrone’s hot seat game that was a huge hit with the kids!

“Nuestras vacaciones fueron muy divertidos por que los dias martes, miercoles y jueves la pasamos Estrellitas.  El primer día que fue el Martes.  Fue muy bonito.  Hicimos cartas para responderles a nuestros amigos de correspondencia.  Trabajamos con Sylvie – Ella nos estaba enseñando “Italiano”.  Tambien había una sección de juegos en la cuál los chicos disfrutaron mucho.  Al finalizar este dia nos esperó un ansioso refrigerio (brocoli, zanahoria y muchos legumbres más).  Casí nadie queria pero de igual manera tenían que comer. 🙂

El segundo día algunos chicos hicieron manualidades, unas lindas mariposas, en otro grupo hicieron bisutería (plumas con nombre).  Bueno este día el refrigerio fue mucho más bueno, batido de guineo con frutilla y canguil.  Así finalizamos jaja.

Pamela teaching Milena and others how to make pens with your name in string!

El tercer día empezamos con una reunión importante sobre el uso de las paginas electrónicas (como Facebook, Twitter, etc.) y sobre las cosas malas y las consecuencias.  Luego hicimos un juego muy divertido dirigido por el ayudante Tyrone Tumbaco.  Fue muy divertido.  Bueno y este día lo finalizamos con un rico (!!!) refrigerio – yogur con granola, guineo y galletas.  Fue muy divertido.  Pero no mucho porque Sylvie se fue 😦 “

Escrito por: Argenis, Anthony y Arelisa

Snack on the last day 🙂
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