Link to Hope

Future Changed – General Report for January – April 2017

Teachers: Maria Bălteanu & Anişoara Nechifor
Social worker: Daniela Guralivu

LITTLE RAINBOWS KINDERGARTEN

We have chosen to study a series of four interesting themes which will help the children to make good progress from all points of view and to develop skills and abilities that will makes them proud.

JANUARY
The theme of January was “HOUSES AND HOMES”. The theme was very interesting for children because many of them had never seen before what an apartment looks like with a clean bathroom and fully equipped kitchen as many of them live in simple houses in one room with all the family. It was very difficult for children to understand that there are houses more spacious (with kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, lounge, hall and others) where different activities are carried out. They were surprised equally by furniture, the tools and electrical appliances used in the kitchen or bathroom.

Through stories, the children understood better that if we want to build a strong house to be safe and protected by any danger, we must choose suitable materials for building, a proper place, to comply with the necessary quantities of construction materials, to have a good construction plan, to have patience and always to appeal to specialists from this area. They also understood that it is not easy to build a house but it is easy to destroy a house if we don’t take care of it or if it is not built properly.

The children understood that home is the place where we live and share everything that we have with the beloved ones in the family; every family member has responsibilities and tasks that must be fulfilled for the family to be united and happy (to make clean in the house, to wash dishes or clothes, to arrange the toys, to cook, to do shopping, to work in the garden or to go to get a job to make money for the family). Home is the place where the parents raise their children, educate them and offer them protection; also the parents must secure all the necessary conditions for life (a shelter, place to rest, food, water, access to health and hygiene, clothing, footwear but also access to education in the state or private system); more than all this, home is the place where the children learn for the first time in their lives what is safety, love, trust, gratitude, generosity, care, understanding, encouragement and joy.

The children learned that if we live in a dirty house, in a place that is cold, polluted and without sewage system or water supply, in the end, our health and life could be in danger. Also, it isn’t important the size, wealth or poverty of our house, it matters more the quality of life that we live, how we behave, speak or how we treat the people around us.

The children learned that not only humans needs a shelter but also the animals. It is a good and correct
thing to protect the animals and to respect their effort to build a shelter. It’s a nice thing to help them and to make for them a shelter (a nest for birds, a cage for dogs).

At the moral-Christian education lessons the main topics discussed were: The sick man lowered through the roof, The walls of Jericho.

FEBRUARY
The theme of the month was “OUR COMMUNITY”. The main topics discussed were: My Class, My Neighbourhood, My City and People who help us.

The children learned that no matter where we live or which community group we belong (family, kindergarten, school, neighbourhood, church) certain rules are required which will help us to live in a safe place, everything around us to be organized and orderly and all the activities to be done in a pleasant environment. It is important to respect the laws of the country where we live, never destroy the property of the community, to keep the peace and cleanliness

The children have realized that each of them has an important role in the group / family / neighbourhood / city or community which they belong; we must be respectful and to accept the differences between us; if we unite our qualities and abilities and work together as a team, then, our society will be more beautiful, clean and educated; all this will help us all to evolve from all points of view and to have a better future.

The children have learned new things about the city where they live (Iasi), the main institutions from the town but also places which are worth visiting: Palace of Culture, Botanical Garden from Copou, Roznovanu Palace (City Hall), Vasile Alecsandri Theater, Golia Monastery, University Alexandru Ioan Cuza and many other beautiful and interesting places which sustain art, education, nature, history or health.

Another interesting topic was about “People who help us”. Every child has expressed opinion and answered to the question “What do you want to be when you will grow up?” and of course, there were a few fun answers such as: “I want to be The Tooth Fairy” or “The Little Mermaid”. The children have understood how important education is for their future, because, depending on the abilities and skills of each one, they will choose a job; they will be proud to be useful to society and to demonstrate that they can be exemplary citizens.

At the moral-Christian education lessons the main topics were: Honesty, to recognise your own mistakes, Obedience to authorities (especially to God) and The Church – the community of God. We sang the song “Everything is prepared in the House from Heaven”.

MARCH
The theme of March was “ABOUT PLANTS”. The main topics were: The Garden, The Flowers, The Trees, Fruits and Vegetables.

This month the children realized that without plants, our world would be poorer, without colour and life. They understood that everything requires work, effort and patience; each child has planted a bean seed; they could see how it grows and develops a seed and learned which are the main parts of a plant and the importance of them. They saw that in order to grow, a plant needs good soil, water, air, light and warmth. They understood that plants, among other uses (pharmaceutical, cosmetics, construction materials, furniture and others) are also sources of food for humans but also for the animals on Earth.

Another important lesson had as topics: protection of the plants, reducing deforestation and of pollution (of the air, water and soil). The children learned how important trees are for us because they give us clean air; the teachers recommended them that at some point in their lives, to plant a tree (or more) to help the planet. They also learned how to save the paper, to be economic and to recycle; deforestation would affect us through the lack of fresh air or appearance of landslides and of drought; and also affects the animals that have their sources of food and shelter in the forest.

The children learned what it means to eat healthy and to recognize the plants which can be dangerous for our lives. We also discussed about their dreams for the future and about ambition (sometimes, a plant grows in tougher conditions and becomes a beautiful and useful plant; the same, in people’s life can appear sometimes many “thorns” which discourage us and offend us; they want to stop us developing and never to become beautiful people with a strong character). The children learned never to give up on doing the right thing and to follow their dreams. The children remembered how important it is to appreciate the qualities and beauty of each plant and people must do the same, to appreciate the qualities of others and don’t be boasters.

At the moral-Christian education lessons the main topics were: The twelve spies from Canaan, The dreams of the trees and The Parable of the sower.

APRIL
The main theme of the month was “THE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION”. During the month we discussed about the means of transportation by land, air and water.

The children learned how important the means of transportation for our lives; the means of transport help us to travel on longer distances in a shorter time with less effort; is more comfortable, we are protected by rain, wind, cold or heat. Also, it is much easier and faster to supply the stores with food, clothes and other goods or to make other services from town.

The children learned that although most of the means of transport are safe, however, if we don’t respect the traffic rules, it can become a danger for us. To prevent the accidents, the children learned how to cross the street safely: always they must use the crosswalk, to cross the street when the traffic light is green, to look left-right-left before stepping off the pavement and never to play in the middle of the street with the ball or bike.

As many of the means of transportation pollute the air, this is a very important factor that should make us to take the necessary steps if we want to have a good health; we can do different things to avoid pollution as: the owners of vehicles should reduce travels on short distances, to use more the public transportation, bicycles or to walk.

In the second half of the month, at the moral-Christian education lessons, the main topics of discussion were: The meaning of Easter for Christians; The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The topics were attractive and full of emotions to the children, aroused curiosity, compassion, sadness and joy; because the children have small ages, they couldn’t understood why Jesus was crucified if he wasn’t guilty of something; but they understood that Jesus died on the cross because loves us very much and this was God’s plan; then, after three days Jesus rose from the dead for all those who believe that He is the only Saviour.

CHILDREN IN FOCUS

Ionut Gangal
Ionut was first enrolled in the kindergarten on September 2016. Ionuţ had some adaptation problems at first; he was very shy, introverted and quiet; his vocabulary was poor, he couldn’t count from 1 to 10, didn’t know any written numbers, any letters of the alphabet or his written name; he didn’t recognize colors or basic geometric shapes; he didn’t know how to use the toilet or kindergarten materials (pencils, books, toys, cubes). Ionut had a good progress and is integrated from all points of view

In Literacy, Ionut recognizes and writes his name, with help; he studied a few letters from the alphabet and is able to write them, without help (A, M, R). His vocabulary was improved and uses complete sentences. Ionut is able to give correct answers to the questions posed by the teacher.

At Mathematics, Ionut is able to count correctly from 1 to 10; recognizes the numbers 1, 2, 4 and 8 with help but still can’t write them; he knows all the basic geometric shapes and almost all the colours.

Ionut is cheerful, talkative, energetic and feels good beside the teachers and children; he likes it at kindergarten and feels safe, protected and loved. Ionut is ambitious and eager to have good results, is cooperative and attentive and will have a good progress in the future.

Diana-Maria Ciurariu
Diana was first enrolled in the kindergarten in September 2016. When she first came to the kindergarten Diana could count from 1-10, but could not recognise any written numbers, letters of the alphabet or her written name; she knew only one colour (purple); her vocabulary was rich but she made many grammar mistakes. In this term, Diana made good progress in all point of view (social, personal, emotional) and is adapted fully in our project.

In Literacy, Diana recognizes and writes her name, without help; she knows almost the whole alphabet. Her vocabulary is enriched and she uses complete sentences without mistakes; Diana is not able yet to recount the main sequences of a story but understands the new notions and gives correct answers to the questions posed by teacher.

At Mathematics, Diana is able to count from 1 to 10, she knows all the numbers from 1 to 10. Diana learned all the basic geometric shapes and all the colours.

Diana has become aware of her qualities and abilities, has more energy, is involved in all activities from the class and gets along well with everyone around her. Although Diana has a small age, she is a resourceful girl, independent and has a high self esteem. Surely, she will have an excellent progress in the future because is very ambitious.

FAMILY IN FOCUS

GANGAL FAMILY
Mr. MihaiGogu and Mrs. Elena Gangal have been together for 12 years and have together six children, Marian Costel (10), Vasilică Mihai (8), Regina (7), Ionut, Tania (3) and Maria (9 months), all are registered on Mrs. Elena’s surname. Mrs. Elena has 3 boys from a previous relationship, which are grown up and live separately.
Vasilică and Irina (which both attended kindergarten) are now in the Homework Club.

The house where the family live has one room and a hallway and it’s built in the courtyard of Mrs.Elena’s mother. The family’s house was made of clay and wood planks without a concrete foundation. Instead of a concrete foundation they’ve used wood planks that were deteriorated due to heavy rains. The house doesn’t have a drainage system and the land is flooded from time to time. The hallway was made of pale doors that were found in a garbage container. Over time they used polystyrene (also found in garbage container) over the doors. The house deteriorated a lot and needs frequent repairing. At the present moment, the parents wish to demolish the house and build a new one more solid (made of concrete and BCA bricks). They’ve saved 400 lei from complementary benefit, but they need a lot more. The necessary building materials for the new house with a more spacious room and a hallway are: 5 m2 ballast and sand, 20 concrete

bags, 3 BCA pallets, wooden beams and rafters for the roof. These materials cost 2450 lei (460 pounds).

The family asks for help in order to achieve this dream: to have a normal home for their children.

Mr. Mihai does occasionally work. Both parents collect scrap iron and plastic bottles for recycling. Their regular monthly income is Child and Maternity Benefit, a total of 620 lei (£117.80), Complementary Allowance 428 lei (80 £) plus whatever they can earn from casual work or recycling. The family also receives 4 meals daily from a Social Kitchen.

CIURARIU ISPIR FAMILY
Mr. Vasilică Ciurariu and Mrs. Vasilica Ispir are the parents of 3 children: Marian (9), Constantin-Alex (8) and Diana-Maria all registered in their father’s name.
They live in a house – personal property – made of one room. Due to the crowded space, in the summer 2015, the family, started to build another room in front of the existing one. The family succeeded in putting the foundation (not to big) and to raise the walls of the room using BCA bricks and they’ve also put on a provisional roof.
Mrs. Ispiru Vasilica works part time as a cleaning lady for 500 lei per month. Mr. Vasilică Ciurariu (her husband) used to work for the Salubris Company but the salary was taken by the bank from where they lent money to build the former room. Some time ago he went to work abroad to earn money to build the new room but now is returned in Romania because he could not find work. He works again at Salubris. The family asked help from us in order to finish the house. They need cubic meters ballast

(180 lei), 40 sheets board metal (800 lei) – for the roof, 12 bags cement and plaster (200 lei). Total 1180 lei.
Their regular monthly income is 252 lei (3 x 84 lei) Child Benefit (£47.5), mother’s earning 500 (£94) lei and father’s earning 1200 lei (226 £). Total: 1952 lei (£368).