Saturday, April 30, 2011

Technology in ECCD: Transportation and Communication... We can move faster!

As arranged last month, this group of ECCD teachers met to observe at the regional host site during a day with the curricular theme: Technology: Transportation and Communication. Eight teachers returned to participate in morning ring, center time, music ring, and story ring. After school, teachers had the opportunity to make the materials that had been used.

Winter's arrival pushes off the next regional workshop until next September, since many of the teachers travel hours by taxi or by foot to join us on workshop days. Until then, the Regional Leader and I will work together on curricular ideas, materials construction, and classroom space improvements.

Thank you again for all of your support for these ECCD workshops! Lesotho Young Authors Program continued their support with donations of blank books. Multiple packages and small financial contributions have allowed the development of the host site and provided resources for the teachers to create their own materials. We have been able to buy food and hire someone local to prepare lunch for the teachers. Hooray for Children!

Morning Routine - Look! A Number Line!

Indoor Center Time:
Stories, Words, Keyboarding, Wheel Math and Puzzles..

Teachers Making Materials

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lesotho Young Authors Program Visits!

Lesotho Young Authors Program has been supporting our workshops and the library in a variety of ways. This past week they visited the village. Their book project has now become a critical part of empowering the ECCD teachers to take ownership of the curriculum, and it has also given a voice to local oral histories. I have used the stories in classroom lessons, and in the following pictures you can see students hearing a read aloud of the picture book written by their own teacher.

Below are photos from the ECCD workshop. We continue to focus on how to establish a Math Center with constructivist materials. The women walked each other through how a topic might be taught during the Morning Ring using the materials, used by the children independently at during indoor centers, re emphasized in a song during Music Ring, and finally revisited in a book [that they author] during Story Ring. Our next workshop is May 26.

After the workshop photos, you will see photos from the second weekly field trip from St Theresa. The children enjoyed reading picture books and playing games. After the Easter Break, a different small group from the same class will return May 13.



Friday, April 8, 2011

A Field Trip to the Library!

We had been planning the field trip for weeks, but this morning...

5:33am SMS: 'Lumela Mme. Rain is coming, I think it's better 2 stay n look 4 another time. Wht d u think?'

5:41am My Response: 'U kno already? It's not yet dawn! Lets wait til a bit to decide.'

6:47am I check in: 'Well? What do you decide? I leave this to their teacher! U r welcome, or nxt wk, or both!'

6:53am SMS from the Teacher: 'W l c when they come. I think of coming.'

7:46am I verify: 'R u coming?'

7:48am SMS confirms: 'We r coming, right after saying de prayer.'

And it was a glorious field trip after all! Several adults helped to manage the small groups at centers while children played learning games, read books and rotated in to the library for read aloud.