19 Marzo 2015

Once again, early this morning, some of us stopped by the bakery to pick up breakfast to go. We can never get enough of those delicious croissants, doughnuts, and muffins! By 8:00am Hector drove us to the Santa Rosa school here in the capital, on the west end of the city.

Our place of instruction today.

Our place of instruction today.

The Santa Rosa school used to be an oral school which practiced methods of developing speech as the primary mode of instruction. However the director of the school, Onelia Aybar, decided that the school should switch to utilizing the visual language for instruction. For the past 3 years Santa Rosa has been using sign language all day augmented with speech instruction in the afternoon after school ends at 1pm.

My teaching partner for the week, Rachel.

My teaching partner for the week, Rachel.

We taught our lessons in a different setting than the other two schools we visited. Instead of going to different classrooms to teach, we all were in the multipurpose room and formed 3 stations. We divided a large group of students into three smaller groups. The small groups would rotate to each station every 30 minutes. We did this style of teaching with 2 other large groups. Afterwards the students would reunite to play the ASL hand shape game. All of the students were wonderful and we even were able to visit the cute preschool and kindergarten babies!

What a warm, colorful wall in the multi-purpose room.

What a warm, colorful wall in the multi-purpose room.

After school we went to a pizza place for lunch. This seem to take forever and we were finally fed and out the door at 3pm. Afterwards we went to visit Hector’s house and learned more about his familia 🙂 Hector has been our highlight everyday as we get to know him more. He is so warm and open and makes us feel very comfortable.

To end our day we went to dinner but the place our leader chose was not the best this time. The lighting was dim, the music was loud, and the food was pricey. Guess what we did instead, yep, hoofed it to .. the bakery once again!

Gara Gabriel, Towson Student

Love the wall in this place!

Love the wall in this place!

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