One of the most influential activities during my high school career was a project called "Helping the Children". This project was carried out at Coral Way Elementary School from January 2, 2002 to March 24, 2002. During that time I tutored six grade students in an after-school care program. Through out the project I helped the kids with their schoolwork, and also took care of them after hours. Some of the activities included taking them out to lunch, preparing special activities, as well as taking them to the library.
For two months, I went three times a week to the elementary school where I tutored about thirty children. It was during two hours a day that I would help the kids with their math homework and reading assignments. However, my aid was not going to become a routine for the children. I wanted not only to be their tutor, but also their friend.
One of the first things that we would do as soon as I got there was to eat lunch together; it gave us a more personal setting to get to know each other. As soon as lunch was over, we would head over to the after school care room where we would get down to studying. It was during that time that I would individually help them with their homework and answer any questions that they might have from the day's classes. After all the students were done with their work I would reward them by doing a special activity together or taking them to the playground; frequently we would go to the library to read other books and magazines that interested them.
While normally there where no problems with the kids sometimes I would have to give some of them a little time-out. Their time-outs...