„A FUTURE CHANGED”
General Report for January – April 2018
Teachers: Maria Bălteanu & Anişoara Nechifor
Social worker: Daniela Guralivu
The main theme of January was “Space”.
The Science lessons have taught many interesting topics which has provoked the children’s interest and curiosity. They were attracted by the brilliance of the stars, the solar explosions, the dimensions of the planets, the speed of asteroids, but also the fact that they couldn’t see the end of this huge space even if they used the telescope. The children imagined how is it to fly with a big rocket through the universe and to observe from nearby all those cosmic objects. Some notions were difficult to understand for a few children, but also to pronounce the words because they heard them for the first time in their life: planet (they were saying plant), constellation (they were saying castle) and other notions as planetary orbit, asteroid or galaxy. The children were advised and stimulated to look with more attention the sky (especially at night) and to become aware of the fact that, apart from the billions of stars, there are other celestial objects which are in a continue movement and transformation.
Other topics discussed were: Solar System, Seasons, Day and Night as well as cardinal points. They understood how important the gravitational force of the Sun for all the planets in our System, but especially for the Earth, because it gives it warmth, light and the energy necessary for life. Also, some children were surprised to discover that the Moon doesn’t have its own light and that it has it from the Sun. The children liked to observe the phases of the moon and its amazing forms, but even more fascinating was the fact that in the week when it was the lesson about the Moon, the children have seen in the sky, a full moon, large, round and bright, which they couldn’t touch because, now, they know that is very, very far away.
At social, personal and emotional development lessons, the main topics discussed were: ‘The planet Terra’ – our home (the only planet that has living conditions) and ‘The Pollution’ (the effects of pollution on our health but also on the planet and what can we do to protect our planet and life). The children understood how important it is to recycle paper, plastic, metal and batteries, but also to keep the air, water and soil clean. Other important topics were – ‘I’m different! Accept me the way I am!’ (we talked about the equality and respect between people and avoiding of discrimination), ‘The Friendship’ (the children learned what it means to be a real friend: a perfect combination of trust, love, respect, generosity, attention to the needs of others, encouragement, help when it is needed, good advices and more), ‘Pride and Self-Praise’ (each person in this world has qualities, skills or talents that make him unique, useful, important and valuable to others. It is good for all of us to have a good self-esteem and to be aware of our qualities and skills but when we appreciate with honesty the value, qualities and skills of others, we actually show our own character, valuable and beautiful – together we are the best)!
At the moral-Christian education lessons, the main topics were: At first God made the Heavens and the Earth (Genesis), The Precious Sheep (every sinful man is like a lost sheep whom God seeks and to put in safe in His arms, the same as a loving and careful shepherd) and a very important lesson, Love your neighbour as yourself.
The theme of the month was “People who help us”. It was an exciting theme for children because they had opportunity to discover what domain of activity they liked and what would they like to become when they will grow up; some of the children chose to become a baker but at the same time they realized that the bread on their table required the work of many people with different jobs: farmers, drivers, millers (morari) and in the end, bakers. It seemed simple, but they realized that nothing can be achieved without work, effort and patience. The children have understood how important education is that helps them to learn all that is necessary to know about a certain occupation and in the future, to be able to choose the right job. To be responsible and industrious, to practice with much joy which they learned and their work to bring them many satisfactions.
The Science lessons had as main topics: After work comes reward (the story of The Red Hen), how we maintain the body health, the dentist and his tools from the cabinet, the story of Tom, the Postman. To understand better what it means to be a doctor, this month came in visit at kindergarten a real doctor and a nurse, both employed at the emergency service on the ambulances. They were equipped with a medical kit, full with medicine, bandages and all kind of medical tools. For a short time, the class was filled with small patients (“wounded, sick with fever or cough, with dog bites, skin diseases”). Some of the children played the role of the doctor and were dressed with an orange uniform. They offered emergency help, they used the syringes, without needles of course, prescribed treatments with medicine, treated the wounds with disinfectant cream. With a stethoscope, the children could hear their own heartbeats or their colleagues, then they measured the body temperature with help of a thermometer). The children have understood that it’s good to go to the specialists when they get sick, not to be afraid because they will help them to be healed. They also learned how important hygiene is, to prevent diseases and to keep away microbes and viruses.
In another day came in visit an English-Chinese language teacher who delighted the children with the story of ‘The Panda Bear’ but also with interesting information about the big China. The children tried to pronounce learn a few words in Chinese – (thanks / xiexie, good day / meihao, goodbye / zaijian). It was very funny this imaginary journey to China, but also the special way that children pronounced words in Chinese.
Also this month we received the visit of a dentist’s team who consulted all the children and found that most of them requires various dental treatments or medical interventions to help them to have clean and healthy teeth. The toothpaste and toothbrush aren’t enough anymore for them to have “a beautiful and white smile”.
At the social, personal and emotional development lessons the main topics were: ‘The real situations when it’s allowed to call on the emergency number 112 to ask for help at the Police, Ambulance or Firefighters Department’. ‘How do we care and protect our pets’ (a proper hygiene of animals and regular visit to the vet prevents the occurrence of diseases). ‘Children’s Safety’ (how we can stay away from dangerous offenders). ‘The Fire’ – our friend but also our enemy. ‘The fear of going to the doctor’ and ‘The Musical Notes and Instruments’ (the effect of music for our brain but also our lives, how to make an instrument and the right way to use it).
At the moral-Christian education lessons the main topics was actually the principal qualities of Jesus Christ: The Teacher, The Doctor, The Judge, The Saviour, The Fisherman of Souls.
The theme of the month was “The Means of Transportation”. The boys were very happy because the class was filled with all kinds of cars, buses, tractors, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, trains and many other means of transportation. All the month we discussed about the main means of the air, land and water transport.
In the Science lessons, the children understood how the cars are moving or stopping. They have learned about pulling force, pushing force, friction force, sliding force (by rolling or hitting). All means of transportation uses energy that comes from the fuel (gasoline, diesel, kerosene). The energy creates a strong force that puts the engines in motion.
The means of transport on water were very interesting for the children. First, they have learned that water is a liquid that takes the form of the object in which it’s introduced, water is drawn down by the gravitational force, has pressure – pushes the objects out. For an object to float, the shape is important, but also not to have water in it, but air. Of course there were water splashes around and wet clothes, but it was fun for the kids to see how the objects floating on the water…. or not.
The means of transportation in the air has made children imagine what it’s like to fly through the clouds, helped by the air currents. But, in the science lessons they have learned that people can’t fly like airplanes, helicopters, parachutes, hot air balloons or birds and that it’s dangerous if we try to do this without the means of air transportation.
This month we received the visit of an officer from the Road Police who presented to the children the main traffic rules.
At the social, personal and emotional development lessons the main themes were ‘The street and the railroad tracks aren’t an appropriate playground for children,’ ‘Your safety in traffic depends on the attention by a few important helpers’, ‘The Traffic Lights and the crossing for pedestrian but especially if you follow these 4 rules: the eyes are looking, the ears are listening, the brain is thinking, the legs are going normally on street without running, ‘Travel with the train in safety’, ‘The Consequences of breaking the traffic rules / The Accidents’ (the essential idea: Be attention and wait! Your life is more important than everything)!
The moral-Christian education lessons main ideas were the trust and obedience of God: God’s right path, Noah’s Ark, With God in the boat (storm at sea). If we follow God’s rules always, they get us to “the destination”, even if sometimes encounter difficult obstacles. It is important to follow The Light of God and we will not get lost on foreign roads.
This month the main theme was “Easter”.
The main topics were: Jerusalem Entrance, The Last Supper, Judas – the Seller of Jesus, The Death and Resurrection of Jesus. As always, the lessons were full of emotion and joy, because we remember how much God loves each of us.
CHILDREN IN FOCUS
Andreea was enrolled in our educational program, starting with June 2016. Andreea is the younger sister of Mihai Drumea (enrolled in our program at Homework Club). At the beginning, Andreea wasn’t able to count from 1 to 10. She didn’t know any numbers, couldn’t recognize her written name, didn’t know any letters from the alphabet, didn’t recognise the colours or the basic geometric shapes, didn’t knew the days of the week and the months of the year.
Andreea had a good academic evolution although she still has problems with focusing of attention. She likes to work in her educational books, especially with letters.
In Literacy, Andreea recognises and writes her name, has learnt almost all the uppercase letters of the alphabet and is able to write short words, with help. She doesn’t tell, the main sequences of a story but if is captured by the subject which we discussed, Andreea can give correct and clear answers. She learnt the days of the week and the month of the year.
At Mathematics, Andreea counts correctly from 1 to 10 and is able to write all the numbers but still needs help in recognising the numbers between 6 and 10. She has made good progress at mathematical calculations. Andreea has also learnt all the colours and knows the basic geometric shapes.
Andreea had a good evolution from personal, social and emotional perspective. She has good self-esteem and is aware of her abilities and qualities. She is a friendly and sociable child, very ambitious and likes to have good results and to be praised for her accomplishments.
Andrei was enrolled in our project in September 2017. Andrei has quickly adapted to our project.
In the first days of kindergarten, Andrei was able to count correctly from 1 to 10, without help. He recognised the numbers 1 and 2 but couldn’t write them. Andrei knew to write the letter A and N but didn’t recognize any other letter from the alphabet or his written name. Andrei knew all the colours but he didn’t know any one of the basic geometric shapes. In this term Andrei had a good academic evolution.
In Literacy, Andrei recognises and writes his name. He studied all the uppercase letters of the alphabet and recognises almost all of them, without help. He is able to write all the letters and his vocabulary is rich but has difficulties to pronounce a certain sounds because of his speech problems. Andrei understands the new notions, is able to do correct connections between ideas and memorises easily the poems and songs. He has a good memory and a high capacity to assimilate the information.
At Mathematics, Andrei recognises and writes the numbers between 1 and 20. He has made good progress at math calculations and also, Andrei has learnt all the basic geometric shapes.
From social, emotional and personal point of view, Andrei didn’t have a good start but he strives to follow the rules of the class and the instructions given by the teacher. He is an ambitious boy and sometimes very stubborn. He has a low self-esteem, doesn’t speak about his emotions but likes to hear often that he is appreciated, that he is good, that he is smart, has done the task correctly and many others things. He wants to have all the teacher’s attention. Andrei knows that is he appreciated by all the team and in the future his behaviour and self-esteem will be better.
FAMILY IN FOCUS
DRUMEA / VASILE FAMILY
Andreea’s parents Mihai Drumea and Maria-Daniela Vasile are not married but have together 4 children; Maria-Ecaterina (12), Dumitru Cezar (11), Mihai-Alexandru (8) and Andreea-Cristina. All of them are registered in their father’s name. The three older children go to State School.
All the family live only in one room although their house has 2 rooms and a hallway – these aren’t finished yet; they still need £130 for building materials (3 bags of cement, 10 pieces of bricks, 10 sheets of roofing) to finish it and are asking for help.
Mrs. Maria-Daniela would like very much to work but there is nobody to take care of her four children while she is at work. Although the father works in construction, the money is not enough for all the needs of the family, and because of this the family does not grow financially. The house is in the same condition as 2 years ago.
Mrs. Daniela has very damaged teeth but she couldn’t go to dentist because of lack of money.
The mother said once at a meeting: “What problems do I have? – Sometimes I’m angry, we are not able to finish the house, there are days when I have not enough food to put on the table, although my husband goes to work. If I had my kitchen at home, it would be better.” (she goes to her mother-in-law to cook).
The family’s stable income is made of 336 lei (£64) Child Benefit and Mr. Mihai’s wage of 1200 lei (£228), making a total of 1536 lei (£292).
SPIRIDON / TIMOFTE FAMILY
Timofte Gabriela and Spiridon Gabriel-Traian have been living together for 8 years and they have
two children –Traian Andrei (5 years) and George Cristian (4 years). Both children are enrolled in our Kindergarten. Mrs. Timofte has also a girl from a previous relationship who is 21 years old. This girl is married and has her own children. The mother and the girl have a good relationship, often visiting each other.
The family lives in their own house; the house is built on a land that was given by the municipality (rented for 90 years). The house was made of clay and wood, but in time became very deteriorated due to the weather conditions. The house has two rooms, but only one is suitable for living, because the other one has a big hole in the wall.
Last year, the two parents replaced the roof’s tiles with metal sheets because the tiles were too heavy and the walls had started to deteriorate day after day. Mrs. Gabriela and her husband are very proud because they did the work by themselves; they try to sustain each other and work together without outside help.
The family produce electric power for lighting the house using a generator. In the past, the family was getting electric power from Mr Spiridon’s brother who lives across the street. But because his brother is an alcoholic, Mr. Spiridon decided to break any contact with him and with any other person who, by words or behavior may affect the unity and peace of the family. Therefore, the family have become a closed group, declaring that they don’t need to have any contact with anybody, because they are dealing with things on their own.
In the present, the family live a simple life – they quit drinking 4-5 years ago, they gain money from repairing mobile phones at home and collect different objects from dumpster. They like to read books and give a good education to the children. Last Summer, the parents planted potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables in their yard. They also farm geese for eggs and meat, which they are feeding with bread found in the garbage. Neither of them are employed with legal papers, but the father repairs mobile phones at home, collects scrap iron and does different works around the house or in the community.
The parents are not married, but they have a nice behavior to each other, they communicate openly and with warm between themselves and children.