After 3 weeks of pupils trickling in, at last almost all pupils seem to be back and we are once again starting to settle into a routine.
We have 48 nursery children ( aged 3 ) so will need to split them into 2 classes so that they can receive the individual attention needed – so will alter the current library into a classroom and alter the timetable so that they are out at different activities when the library is in use !
Kindergarten pupils really are enjoying the new educational aspects this year - a new science programme and a new daily activity of small world – which is a large injera tray ( injera being the local pancake which forms the base of all meals ) and small toys ( such as figures / cars / animals ) and then bits and pieces ( sparkles / stones / wood chippings etc ) – pupils then manipulate the toys with the idea of stimulating their imagination ! – teachers were initially dubious when the idea was presented, but with the pupils taking to it immediately - have changed their minds !
One really amazing addition this year has been the revolution of our English programme in the grade ( and KG 2 ) – two of our summer volunteers – Jennifer and Martin – were kind ( and organised ) enough to scan and download a complete English system – and with our new printer and photocopier we were able to print, trim and copy meaning that we now have a fantastic resource which will really make a difference !
We are also embarking on a programme of celebrating world days and events – so had a hilarious day on World Smile day – with pupils counting how many times they could smile ( the highest recorded was 423 ! ) drawing about what makes them smile and practising smiling the whole day !