With another successful week in the books… we couldn’t wait to see the looks… on the students’ faces at the Think Together after school tutoring program this week. So, once we were done for the day at Ark HQ we made our way over to Think Together to get down on some Treasure Tuesdays action and hang with our buddies the Marshmallows.
As we walked through the door at Think Together, we were a bit surprised to find the place in a state of total chaos. The students were scurrying all about the room like ants in an ant farm, and the program leaders were fervently trying to calm them down. While we sat there scoping out the situation, we came to the conclusion that some of the students must have gotten into the Halloween candy a few weeks early…
With a perplexed look on their face, one of the program leaders came over and let us know that the tutoring session couldn’t begin until the students settled down and started listening to their group leaders. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes for the students to start listening to directions and cooperating; and we were able to get things rocking for the day.
Our first task of the day was to help the Marshmallows continue building up and fine tuning their math skills, so they can one day all be mathematicians. We spent some time explaining the basics of how to add numbers together using long addition then, then gave them a few minutes to try it out own their own. We were pleased to see that a majority of the students were already well on their way to mastering the lesson and becoming number crunching all stars! We were even more pleased to see that the ones who hadn’t quite gotten the hang of the concept yet; were quick to raise their hands and ask for our help.
Once the math lesson was finished up it was time to move on with some good old fashion popcorn reading. It always brings a smile to our face to see how excited the students get for this part of the day, and just like last week, the students were ecstatic when it was their turn to read out loud to the rest of the group. The anticipation and enthusiasm on their faces was absolutely priceless!
As the time flew by and the after school tutoring session was drawing to a close, something happened this Treasure Tuesdays that has never occurred in the past. One of the Kev’s new buddies walked up and handed him a paper airplane as a token of appreciation for the math help Kev had given him earlier. Kev couldn’t help but smile, and thanked him in return for the awesome gift. It’s the random little things like this that keep us stoked on the program and enthusiastic about returning to Think Together every Tuesday.