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Ray's Thai Tours #12

Naomi is a musician, and a music teacher...I couldn't pass up the opportunity to introduce her to my student friends at the Village school.

 

I knew the school had some brass instruments [Naomi's specialty] so asked Teacher Kru Aof if we could have the use of a few instruments, and a class of kids with whom we could interact in English and Music. We got 50 kids aged between 7 and 15, plus a drum kit, a saxophone [without a reed] and a trumpet.

 

Good enough! I entertained the kids, while Naomi hid the saxophone, and resusitated the drumkit and the trumpet. Then Naomi coaxed several of the kids to make noise through the trumpet mouthpiece and then the instrument.

 

Finally Naomi turned the drumkit into a percussion ensemble of about 8 kids, while I rehearsed the remaining kids in the words and actions of the song, and we all performed Frere Jacques {Where is Thumbkin} with Naomi shepherding us along on the trumpet!

 

After that we spent 15 minutes encouraging the older kids to attempt short one2one English conversations with Naomi and Ben, while I kept the youngsters entertained with my famous Underpants game.

 

 When you join a Ray's Thai Tours, you can expect to be involved in this Culture/Education exchange...

 

Teach

 

Teach

Ray's Thai Tours #12

Naomi is a musician, and a music teacher...I couldn't pass up the opportunity to introduce her to my student friends at the Village school.

 

I knew the school had some brass instruments [Naomi's specialty] so asked Teacher Kru Aof if we could have the use of a few instruments, and a class of kids with whom we could interact in English and Music. We got 50 kids aged between 7 and 15, plus a drum kit, a saxophone [without a reed] and a trumpet.

 

Good enough! I entertained the kids, while Naomi hid the saxophone, and resusitated the drumkit and the trumpet. Then Naomi coaxed several of the kids to make noise through the trumpet mouthpiece and then the instrument.

 

Finally Naomi turned the drumkit into a percussion ensemble of about 8 kids, while I rehearsed the remaining kids in the words and actions of the song, and we all performed Frere Jacques {Where is Thumbkin} with Naomi shepherding us along on the trumpet!

 

After that we spent 15 minutes encouraging the older kids to attempt short one2one English conversations with Naomi and Ben, while I kept the youngsters entertained with my famous Underpants game.

 

 When you join a Ray's Thai Tours, you can expect to be involved in this Culture/Education exchange...

 

Teach

 

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comments (10)

What a great set of photos and a fun day! Thank you for the story!
Ray: I think all parties had a good time, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Aug 2017, 05:26
Joli reportage. L'uniforme marron me fait penser à  l'armée avec les épaulettes.
Ray: Il y a de nombreuses années, le Roi Rama9 était très intéressé par les messages positifs du Scoutisme et l'a introduit dans toutes les écoles thaïlandaises ... maintenant, les étudiants portent l'uniforme du Scoutisme un jour de chaque semaine et pratiquent les compétences du scoutisme au cours de cette journée, Martine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2017, 06:44
What A Good Chap you are. I'm sure that this was a win-win for all with lots of laughter. Does your Underpant game involve putting your underpants over your head?
Ray: Oh...then you are clearly familiar with my Underpants Game! smile

You might be amused by my description of the Underpants Game in my response to Philine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2017, 07:11
Ray: It was excellent fun, for all, Philine, and possibly there was a little bit of learning for all.

The Underpants Game... Some months back a Teacher at the school asked me to conduct a lesson involving the kids learning the English words for all our items of clothing, and she offered me some flashcards containing pictures and words...I rejected the flashcards, but took a large black plastic bag in which I had placed a piece of every item of clothing I wear in this hot climate...I performed a range of theatrics as I pulled each piece of clothing from the bag, and of course used the English name of each piece many times...when I pulled out a pair of my Underpants, the two teachers in attendance were aghast, but the kids screamed with laughter...I worked with the kids amusement, by asking where this item was worn, including placing it on my head and asking "Does it go here?". Since then, kids from different classes, having heard about my antics, began requesting the "underpants Lesson" and so it has been repeated a few times. Now, when the lesson is conducted, the kids all chant "Bring out the Underpants" when I am rummaging about with my head in the bag of clothes...it has become a School Classic lesson.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Aug 2017, 07:28
All great educational fun but your famous underpants game sounds QUESTIONABLE!
Ray: If you read my description to Philine of the famous Underpants Game, Chris, then I am sure you will realise that it and indeed all of my Education ideas are questionable...heck, School wasn't meant to be fun! smile
Ils ont vraiment du être très heureux tous ces enfants
Merci pour les photos et explication
Bone journée
Ray: Je crois que les étudiants heureux apprennent les étudiants, Claudine, alors travaillez fort pour que les enfants soient animés et amusés. La visite de Naomi a été une bonne occasion d'ignorer, et nous avons tenté une leçon ambitieuse et nous avons réussi.
This is just fabulous Ray!
Ray: It was a good event, Bill...fun for everyone.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 19 Aug 2017, 10:21
Happy faces around here!
Ray: Yes...everyone enjoyed the experience, Anne.
I love the final shot with fun on Naomi's face. I hope there is a reed on you shopping list for the city. It would cost me more to send some than buy them.
Ray: Naomi is a great sport, and let me drag her into this impossible situation. In the bottom shot she is working with the first volunteer, whom I "bribed" with a Chuppa Chup candy. Initially he couldn't get any noise out of the instrument, so I pretended to take back the candy I had placed in his shirt pocket...the other kids laughed, and that seemed to break the ice.

Naomi is very good with the kids, and really seems to enjoy the somewhat musical interaction.

Na provided the Interpreter facility for Naomi, as the teachers seemed a bit awestruck by it all at first

Soon I will get into the music room and do an inventory...I think there are ways to get the instruments active without much financial outlay, and will try to work out what is necessary.

I am also think of starting a hosepipe band as a musical first step...a challenge as I am not a musician...and expect the kids will enjoy that.
What a good person you are in your village, maureen and I have just burst out with laughter when we read the description of the Underpants Game you gave to Philine.
Ray: I have been very well accepted by the Villagers, so am delighted I can give back by helping the kids to increase their familiarity with spoken English, Brian...I don't get paid for the work, but feel very well rewarded by the reactions of the kids.

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