Thoughts From The Youngest
Posted by Hsin Ee Chia on December 18, 2017
Rachel is currently working as an assistant teacher in a preschool.
I was told that I am one of the youngest volunteers in the Early Learning Programme (ELP).
My journey as an ELP volunteer has been an enriching and enjoyable one. Volunteering for ELP has widely broadened my perspective of teaching and dealing with preschool children. When I first started out, I was really curious and worried how the children would act and behave as I knew that these children came from complicated family backgrounds. However, my worries washed away when I started teaching them.
I was paired up with two adorable and lovely girls (which I am totally thankful and grateful for). Even though they were considered to be the weaker ones academically in the group, their enthusiasm and passion for learning never failed to bring a smile to my face. I was extremely determined to make sure that these two girls will benefit from these sessions so that they would be able to cope with school. Hence, whenever they managed to do and learn something new, I wanted to do even more for them.
Throughout my volunteering journey, the only challenge I have had was to think of how and what I can do to help the girls better. As they both have different learning styles, I had to customize the teaching so that both of them can benefit equally. Surprisingly, the girls quickly formed a bond with me, and were always asking for “Teacher Rachel”, even after the programme ended.
All in all, I really had fun teaching the children. I too have actually learned quite a lot from them. If given the opportunity I would definitely continue to volunteer for ELP.
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