Can you remember the first time you blew a party blower?
Up through a poverty stricken district, I find myself in a 'nursery school' - our version of preschools for 3-5 year olds. This one is the same as the others I have visited. Children learn through parroting back phrases and numbers. 6 hours a day. No play exists here.
Enter me. A bag full of games such as threading reels, dominoes, puzzles, memory games.....and a bigger bag of art and craft supplies thanks
to Sand and Stories Early Learning Centre, Renee Levenson and Annette Alis.
My highlight was handing out party blowers just before I left! (and yes, I strategically did timed that to leave before my ear drums had enough!).
I had the head of the department of education for this province and the director of the preschool follow me and watch what I did as a fellow educator. They were asking me for 'tips' which was nice. But without the money for resources and ongoing education for the teachers there, I am afraid not much will change. However, I take solace in the fact that change happens very slowly and I have just planted some seeds..... I have planted some information and hopefully the resources will be used to break up their method of parroting all day, everyday. Next trip, I will take some resources and explain the benefit of them and keep planting my seeds slowly....
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