It was great that I got a chance to go back to kindy this week and see how much had changed since the first week when I was there. It has improved a great deal and it was good to see the kids smiling faces. There was a clear structure to the days and they had a good balance between learning and playing. The kindy teacher also seemed more relaxed and appeared to have taken on the advice of other volunteers in the previous weeks. She was very keen to try new things and welcomed the addition of “leader of the day” and “toothbrush club”, which appeared to be very successful!
However, Chris and I noticed that the children still couldn’t recognise the numbers 1-10 if they were out of sequence. So we decided to try out a practical way of learning instead of just repeating the numbers out loud. We made each of the children cuts of the numbers which they could colour in and decorate. Then we said to the class “find your number 1” and they would have to look through their pile of numbers for the correct one and then hold it up. This gave them all a chance to learn independently and in a practical way. The numbers could also be reused at any time in the future which the kindy teacher liked the idea off.
We also had a pirate themed day with the kids which they were very excitable about. We made paper hats which they painted and wore all day. We then went out on a treasure hunt to find numbers that were hidden around the school. It may not have been the best idea letting 4 and 5 year olds run around the school making noise and disturbing other classes, but they seemed to enjoy being out of the classroom, plus they found all the numbers and correctly identified them so it was a successful day!
Overall I enjoyed my week in kindy and I’m glad I got to go back for a second time. The children are always so happy and excited to learn new things. It is vital that the children learn the basic “abc’s” and “123’s” in order to create a solid platform that they can progress from. I’m pleased that we have made a positive difference to the first stage of their education over the 8 weeks that we have been in Malake.