Today was my last day at Kaleidoscope Youth Center! Kaleidoscope is where I volunteer for my Research and Analysis course. I had to do 20 hours this semester and it flew by fast! It was so sad! I am definitely going to miss the kids and spending my Thursday nights with them! Since it was nice out today we spent most of our time playing freeze tag and playing on the monkey bars.
I was definitely worn out by the end of the three hours. It takes a lot of muscle carrying about a million 8 year olds across the monkey bars! It also takes a lot of energy to keep up with them when you’re Mr. Freeze in freeze tag! Depending on how much time I have next semester, I may continue to volunteer with Kaleidoscope even after my class is over!
Me and some of the kids on my last day!
Once again I had a blast at my volunteer at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. After I helped the kids with their homework, everyone was allowed to play outside. Since I was the oldest, all the kids wanted me to play football with them so I reluctantly agreed. I should probably remind you of the fact that I have no idea how to even play the game!
Needless to sayI was appointed quarterback and I was the best player. That was probably because I was playing against a bunch of 7 year olds! But still, I was so good I’m basically the next Tim Tebow.
After getting chased around by a bunch of kids, they all decided that they wanted to run and play with their kites they made during crafts. Of course I had to run with them and I had a fun time doing so! I had so much fun that they even inspired me to want to have about 7 kids so I can start my own Kardashian Klan!
Some of the kids I work with flying their kites!
Yesterday I had my second volunteer day at Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and I had even more fun than I did the first time! Instead of being with the middle school kids, I was assigned to play with the younger kids. And let me tell ya, it was so much easier.
One girl I helped needed help with her homework. Instead of needing to find the circumference of circles with the older kids, which is hard without a calculator, she needed help counting the number of pennies and writing the answer down.
After she needed help, the kids were allowed to go outside and play. After losing to a group of 7 year olds in football, we all decided to play freeze tag. And, not surprisingly, I lost miserably and could barely keep up with all the kids! Then I had to help each of them cross the monkey bars since they were so little and almost threw my back out doing it! Needless it say, I had a fun time playing with them and am uber excited to do the same next week.
The kids were probably as hyper as I was in this picture! ...Don't ask, by the way...!!
I started my work at my service learning site last night and I really enjoyed it! I’m working at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center and am working as a volunteer tutor. I loved helping all the kids and I was amazed at how fast I could get attached to all the students. There were other volunteers there, too, so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed by millions of kids but even without the others I would’ve liked it.
The night started with all the students having to do homework and it was fun brushing up on my subtracting skills. But I must admit, there were some questions even I didn’t know! The hardest part was just getting all the students on task and not looking up music videos and playing games online. After they did homework it was dinner time and then everyone crowded around the piano to sing. Once the night was winding down everyone was able to play around on the computer and slowly but surely everyone’s parents picked them up.
I had such a wonderful time and hopefully will enjoy myself as much in my future visits this semester.
I got to be a nun when I went downtown for Super Bowl weekend.... No big deal....
For my university service learning requirement, I have signed up to work at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. The center basically provides after school tutoring help for students in the Indianapolis community. I start next week and I am really excited to start helping out. I really like working with kids and previously had a job at a summer day camp with kids so hopefully I’ll have the same fun experience.
The service learning is part of my Research and Analysis Political Science class, which I also enjoy. We are supposed to design a research project based on our volunteer work and I am thinking of doing mine on the effectiveness of various tutoring techniques and which techniques work best for students. My topic might change once I start doing my volunteer work but I want it to be something that could help the students in the long run.
I’ll be sure to blog about all my experiences at the service learning site and I’m sure it’ll be a blast meeting and helping all the students.
This is me and my bff Elmo downtown two weeks ago for Superbowl Weekend!