The children have enjoyed their holiday by playing non-stop, and now classes have resumed at Chinotimba Pre-School in Victoria Falls. ALERT staff and volunteers were eager to get back to school with the excited students to continue with lessons that encourage learning through play, song, crafts and activities.
The final term of the school year will help prepare the children for their transition into primary school. Keeping that in mind, lessons have been designed to help students master some essentials, such as colours, numbers, the alphabet, body parts, days of the week, and months of the year. Following a review of the first two terms, the ALERT team discovered that the learners had improved dramatically in most subjects (see table below).
Staff decided that these results would drive Term Three’s lesson plans. As such, the first lesson back after the holiday focussed on identifying the months of the year, within the topic of “how time passes!” One full year was broken down into twelve months, one month into four weeks, one week into seven days, and so on. Students were surprised to see that the scale of time could be broken down into many different measurements. Our team were very impressed when the students recited a song about the days of the week, which highlighted what they do on each one.
Continuing with the topic of learning through song, the team also created a jingle to teach the students to remember the months of the year in order. Each child was placed in a line based on their birthdays, explaining that those born in January were older than those born in February. By the end of the lesson, the students were able to place themselves in order without any help from teachers.
Going forward, we will continue to work on the topics the learners struggle with most, in the hope that their comprehension will continue to improve until they head off to primary school.
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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