Thursday, March 31, 2011

Local Leaders - 1st ECCD Workshop at Pilot Host Site

This ECCD, featured in previous blog entries, hosted its first regional workshop. Nine teachers from surrounding villages arrived to learn about using songs and math in the morning routine, to watch direct instruction for the first 'morning ring' around a theme, and to learn about concrete manipulatives and constructivist activities at centers. After observing the children and taking a guided tour, teachers spent time making materials together.

At the end of the workshop, we made a plan: April 28, 2011. Theme: Technology [Transportation & Communication]

See you there!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fall Workshops Begin for Early Childhood Centers of Development - Numbers, Shapes, Puzzles

Six ECCD teachers, walking between 1-3 hours, came to this workshop. They made manipulatives to guide children from concrete through semi concrete to abstract early numeracy. To build spatial skills and fundamental 'part to whole' relationship understanding, they made puzzles from magazine pictures and cardboard.

Thanks to Lesotho Young Authors Program, who donated blank books, colored pencils, and pencil sharpeners, these teachers made books and pattern blocks to teach their children about shapes and pattern.

Our group decided that April 14 will be our next workshop together. See you there!