More than simply providing medical treatment, TFISH believes compassionate patient care is essential to a healthy recovery! Hospitals can be tough for young patients, and TFISH staff provide activities for our patients after their heart surgery. Read more stories of Summer Camp Day 1; Day 3; Day 4; Day 5
We started the second day of the summer camp early in the morning at 8am with our daily English class. We gave the kids a short quiz on four basic everyday words that they had learned the day before, eight color words and ten number words. Even though English courses are mandatory
in Chinese schools, some of these kids have never been exposed to the language before. For some of the children, it is considered a review, others a preview to English.
When learning about colors, the teachers gave the kids colored bowls as props to help the students understand and remember the concepts better. The kids loved the different colored bowls and had fun engaging with that activity. After English, we had a short break for ages (their favorite part)! We try to mix fun with learning so that we can keep camp interesting. Some of the boys arm wrestled. Others played group games. We all made name tags with our favorite colors so we can get to know each other better.
After the games, Teachers Guan and Wang opened the Little Red Scarf website to show the kids what they looked like before and after their surgeries. They were shocked to see how much they have changed in a short period of time. Hongyan started recounting her story and surprisingly remembered every member of the Little Red Scarf staff that visited her. She seemed so small at the time. We were glad every person was able to make an impression on her. All the kids were interested in their faces and stories on the internet. The thought sank in as we showed them that people they didn't even know were caring about them.
Noon quickly approached. Before lunch, Teacher Guan led everyone to recite a Chinese poem. The poem told the kids that when they ate, they should not waste food. The kids had played all morning and their bowls were empty in a matter of minutes. After lunch, of course was naturally the time to take a nap. The kids all slipped slowly into dreamland.
After the midday nap, everyone continued activities at 2:30. This time was arts and crafts. Our staff taught them how to fold paper frogs, color the frogs and race them. Every frog had its own style Take a look at the finished products (above)!
The first, second, and third place frogs would get a happy face. Haoyang came first. Caiman and Chenyang got second and third. In the later group, Haoyang and Xiaojing’s frogs were neck-in-neck. everyone was cheering them on. We rewarded everyone with watermelon after an afternoon of frog racing.
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