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Monday, April 30, 2012

My time in Kindy....

Walking into Kindy each morning never gets old.... the 15 or so smiling faces peering up at you, all shouting ‘Bula teacher!’

For the past 6 weeks I have been lucky enough to spend my mornings in Kindy. Although we are based in an empty hall, life in kindy is far from boring. During my time with Kindy we have had a new topic each week – colours, shapes, body, animals, the sea and insects, around which all of our stories and art projects are based. A few precious memories from kindy are the craft activites we did each day. Potato printing, tracing our bodies, dragonfly kites, spiders, finger painting and foot painting to name a few. No matter what the weather, which is usually roasting hot, the kindy kids were always ready to get stuck in.

Outside play often ended with me collapsing in the hot sun and the children jumping on top of me. I would tire long before the smiles drained off their beautiful faces. They’re used to the intense heat as they run around or jump in the sack races squealing with excitement.

The past week has been the usual fun and games but we also did some light hearted assessments as it’s the end of term. Through interactive play we got an idea of the pupils’ individual progress in pre-academic skills such as colours, shapes, numbers and letters. This will provide the next volunteer with some guidance on their abilities, not only individually but as a class.

As my time here in Fiji comes to an end I’m so very grateful for the whole experience – from our boat journeys to the famous assemblies with Mr Manoa and everything in between.