Week 3 in kindi was nothing short of a unique experience to say the least. The usual suspects were all present and accounted for: Eddie, Salome, Bola, Tukana, Paye and of course kindi wouldn’t be complete without the final round of Peter verses Nunia. We followed the usual routine for day one with the chosen theme of ‘under the sea’.
The highlight of the day had to be learning. No matter how many times you say the word ‘star’ to a Fijian 4 year old we guarantee their reply will always be ‘stark’, unless they happen to be Nunia, who to every question will always reply Monday. As kindi started on a Monday Nunia was in her element, however, as the week progressed she quickly slipped from ‘star’ pupil.
Arts and crafts was a general success throughout the whole week, following our theme, we painstakingly created a magnificent sea creature mobile, dot to dot fish and paper boats. Surprisingly the boats became increasingly fascinating to the children once they had been submerged in a bowl of water and disintegrated into soggy mush, allowing us to extend arts and crafts for a further 20 minutes.
Some of the more violent incidents of the week included Peter trying to strangle Bola, first with a piece of string (taken from the beautiful sea creature mobile) and then with his bare hands (needless to say Peter spent a lot of his time in the naughty corner). On top of this there was the usual kindi antics of crayon stabbing, stick swinging and bag throwing. Nonetheless whenever things got slightly out of hand peace could always be restored with a handy game of sleeping lions.
Despite the seemingly constant flow of urine and strop throwing there was clear progression shown by the children, not only during week three but throughout the whole project. The children were able to say their name, where they lived and age without much difficulty during circle time. They could correctly identify both the day of the week and the weather outside and got into the routine of brushing their teeth and washing their hands. We even got them running from corner to corner correctly identifying 5 different shapes.
By the end of our time, we really fell in love with kindi and though each day was a challenge it was amazing to see each child engaged and enjoying their time with us. We hope to have provided them with a strong platform of learning in order to prepare them for their time at school.
Blog post by Rosa and Tiff