Now that the second term is well underway at Chinotimba Pre-School, ALERT staff and volunteers are still working tirelessly to ensure early childhood educational development is progressing. Each week, a new goal is being set to help prepare children for primary school. This week’s focus was set towards progression of the students’ numerical skills. Lessons have been geared towards number recognition, and counting in the correct sequence.
This past week, ALERT staff and volunteers assisted with the task of teaching students numbers from eleven to fifteen. Although most of the students could accurately count up to ten, several did not know what followed after. Volunteers from ALERT’s partners at African Impact assisted the Chinotimba Pre-School teachers in teaching students the numbers by way of repetition. Numbers were written on paper, and students were guided to trace the number, and then write the number on their own. Students were then put into groups where teachers said what each of the numbers were, and how to say them correctly.
By the end of the day, all students could identify each number, write it correctly, and confidently count up to fifteen on their own. With consistent practice, we are hoping to have each child at Chinotimba Pre-School able to confidently count up to twenty by the end of term two.
About Chinotimba Pre-School
Chinotimba Pre-School caters to 49 students aged between 2 and 6 years old; many of these children are orphans or come from single-parent families, and often do not have the ability to pay school fees. Despite the financial need of the school, Principal Mrs. Nyathi and her two staff members have made the decision to waiver the costs for children and allow them to attend school.
About Our School Development Projects
Our aim is to increase the capacity of the schools with which we work to offer higher learning possibilities for their pupils. All the schools surrounding our project sites are severely resource limited with classes that are over-crowded and lacking educational materials. Our projects therefore focus on: school building and refurbishment to create improved learning environments; resource provision of educational materials needed to enhance lessons, and teacher assistance to help teachers plan and run lessons more effectively. All programmes are operated in agreement with the school in question, and with approval from relevant educational boards.
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