The ABC song was a big hit and after numerous tries the girls mastered the stepped up cadence on the section "lmnop". We went on to teach "The Eensy Weensy Spider", "I'm a Little Teapot", “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and finally “Old Lange Signe” as a tribute to the Afghan New Year, Nawrooz.
Each day the cook made us lunch of soup, “naan” (flat bread) and tea. We practiced English with the teachers while we ate. At the close of the first day I told the students "See you tomorrow". "Sure, why not" a girl responded. “As you wish” is another popular English phrase that they all know and use.
The second day our lesson plan was a “how to” guide on writing a letter. I had planned to do a postcard and photograph exchange with the students at Knightsen School in California. It was going pretty smoothly until I got out the Polaroid camera, at which point, pandemonium broke loose. As I should have anticipated the girls were very excited to have their picture taken and weren’t willing to give up the Polaroid’s. The most commonly repeated phrase was “Teacher take my picture!”
At the end of the school day we were invited to visit the families of three of the students. Marcel, Neelb and Nargaz eagerly accompanied us and Safia, volunteered to translate. At each home we visited with parents and siblings and were treated to tea, cookies and candies. Clearly the families appreciated the opportunity that their daughters had to receive an education.