Thursday, February 11, 2010
After School Hours
Here at the School for the Blind there are morning classes, afternoon classes and evening classes but the students still find time to have some fun.
I was able to teach some of them how to play Uno and they taught me how to play Dominos. Each person has 7 and the person that has double one go first. You have to follow the last number called and put down your domino 1/3 then the next person 3/6; they go through the game so fast. I caught on fast and actually won one round.
Everyone loves to race each other. They all line up at one end of the football (soccer) field and at the other end someone rings a bell over and over and that is how they know where to run to. The first person to, well pretty much, run right into the person with the bell wins.
Goal ball is one of the students’ favorite games. There are two teams of 3 and they play on a cement pad. One team is on one side and the other team lines up on the other side; if you have a little sight you must put fabric over your eyes. You are to roll a ball (with bells inside) to the other team. The object is to get it past their line. There is much competition between houses (the dorms they live in). So when they play everyone come to cheer on their team. Well it is very quiet while the ball is in play but as soon as someone scores the crowd so wild.
Twice a week students come together for reading club. They love to listen to stories about pretty much anything you want to read them. I was able to bring over some of the books in Braille (thanks to all who helped buy the books). The students were so excited that they could read the book and not just get read to. It was great!