This week I was in Kindi for two days with Pheobe and Ashley. The Kindi building is a big room with the children’s creations displayed everywhere. There is an indoor activity area, reading area and drama area for the kids to focus on different lessons throughout the day.
We started by standing in a big circle and introducing ourselves. The kids all say ‘’Hello, my name is …. and I’m from ….’’. We were told by the others who did Kindi previously how one boy would take a big breath in between each part and really shout out to the class. He didn’t fail to provide us entertainment. After this the kids sat down and we went through the days of the week and the weather. They are all so eager to please they just shout all of the days of the week at you until one gets it right.
Songtime came next so we covered the classics (twinkle twinkle, incywincy spider, row row your boat) along with some Fijian numbers, featuring a drum beat from Saki. We chose our leader of the day, so at hand wash time and teeth brushing time all of the kids lined up behind her when we walked to the tap. After breaktime we blew up lots of different coloured balloons & drew shapes on the front. The children had previously been learning shapes & colours, so we asked each one to look for a certain balloon (the green balloon with a triangle on). When each one got it right they got a round of applause.
Following breaktime we settled them down for storytime. Pheobe read them three stories and we encouraged them to do actions along with the story. The goodbye song followed storytime and the kids would normally leave at this point. Most of them however, stay at school for the rest of the day. There is a veranda that stretches along the front of the building so we had a lie down on this & read the kids some of my book.
The following day was a very similar routine. We had to move the class to the veranda of one of the teacher’s houses on the school grounds, as there was work being done of the septic tank. It was lovely to sit in the shade outside with the class & take a lesson. We played the kids some music from Solo’s phone and got them all up and dancing. Seeing them all wiggling around was one of my top highlights so far.
At snack time, the children all sit around with their boxes and say ‘Masu’ together. They all opened their boxes and each gave us a bit of their snack so we could all eat together. It was really humbling to see all of the children give a small piece of their food to us with no hesitation whatsoever.
As before, the children followed the leader of the day to the tap for hand washing and teeth brushing. Following this, we gave each child a paper person that we cut out and got them to colour them in as themselves. All of us made one each as well and the children would clamber on to you to see if they could punch some ideas for decorations. Once everyone was finished, we wrote our names on the back and stapled the hands together, so we had a big chain of us all holding hands. Again, we ended with storytime and the goodbye song. We were able to return to the Kindi building with the children that were staying. We finished the afternoon sitting on the veranda and taking pictures of all of us. One thing is for sure, not one of those children is camera shy!