Future Changed – General Report for May – July 2017
Teachers: Maria Bălteanu & Anişoara Nechifor
Social worker: Daniela Guraliv
The main theme of the month was “Seasons”.
The first challenge of this theme for the children was even the notion of seasons; but after a series of scientific explanations and illustrations with the Earth and Sun in miniature, the children understood that the season represents a period of time from a calendar year, characterized by climate changes and the occurrence of specific phenomena. They understood that the planet Earth rotates around the Sun, that the Sun is the main source of light, heat and energy for the planet, and the seasons are formed by the rotation of the Earth, the inclination of the axis, and because of the fact that the Earth is at distances and in different positions from the Sun, during a year.
Because our country (Romania) is located in the temperate zone of the Earth, during a year, we have four seasons. This was a new challenge for children; to learn and tell them in chronologically order: spring, summer, autumn and winter. It was more difficult, but not an impossible task to accomplish.
During the month, the children learned many interesting things about the seasons, but especially about the importance, role and beauty of each of them. Nothing is random in the world; everything has a purpose.
We made a funny, at the same time serious parallel between seasons and people’s lives and
concluded that: spring is like a new beginning, the birth who brings joy; summer represents growth and developmen
t from all points of view using the resources and the surrounding energy; autumn we enjoy by the fruits of our work from this life (deeds and achievements) and winter is like the end of life decorated with white and sparkle hair which shows the wisdom and beauty of old age and which brings peace and order in our life. The children learned that in spring we sow the seeds in the ground, in the summer they will grows and ripen at sun, autumn we gather the rich crops and in the winter the soil will rest under the white and protector coat of snow.
We discussed about the main activities that can be done in each season, also about phenomena that appear only in certain situations (the soil can be ploughed in spring or autumn, not in winter when is frozen; also we can’t sow the seeds in winter; the rainbow appears after rain in the warm season; it’s snowing only winter; most of the trees have flowers in spring; many trees remain without leaves autumn; the crops gather when are ripe and don’t leave them on the fields or gardens when winter comes, and others).
Also, the children understood how important are the Sun and water for our lives, for plants and animals; the life couldn’t be possible on Earth without them. Another important topic was the circuit of water in nature and the states of aggregation of water. The children learned that there are phenomena that can cause many damages and can be very dangerous (the thunders and lightning’s, the fog, the hail, strong wind, avalanches, the extreme phenomena – floods or drought).
Other important and necessary information’s to be known by children was: how do we dress in each season, how we feed and how we keep the food in right and hygienic conditions in each season, how we keep away from germs, diseases and bites of insects, what methods we use to cool us in summer or to warm our homes in winter and the dangers which can appear.
Although some of us would like to be snowy all the year or summer with much sun and fun at sea, in our country this is not possible but there are places in the world where this things are real or close to that; at the North Pole and South Pole is cold, snow and ice all the year and at Equator there are only two seasons, cold season (rainy) and warm season (dry). But surely every human in this world finds his balance and happiness and adapts to the environment in which he was born or has to live. The life is beautiful in any season, anywhere on the Earth.
At the moral-Christian education lessons, the main topics were: God created everything, Zacchaeus, The thirst for God, The Ascension of Jesus. The Creativity zone was full of special things and much colour because the children have highlighted through their works the beauty of every season (flowers, grass, fruits, vegetables, sun, clouds, rainbows, trees, leaves, snowflakes, snowmen and others).
In May, we celebrated the birthday of: Iuliana Bostan (6 yrs), Ionut Gangal (5 yrs), Debora Mares (5 yrs) and David Chiriac (5 yrs).
The theme of the month was “About Animals”. This was a very interesting theme, full of information w
hich helped the children to understand that we are not t
he only living beings on Earth. There are other living creatures and some of them can be useful to people and can bring us many benefits and joy but others can be very dangerous for our lives.
We discussed about: Pets, The main classes of animals (mammals, insects, reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, birds), Farm animals, Wild animals from the forest and Jungle Animals.
The children could noticed through educational images and movies, the differences between animals (the body parts, dimensions, weight, what covers their body, if it has bones or not, the environment in which each animal lives, how they feed, how they were born, if they are diurnal or nocturnal animals but also what sounds can emit). They have discovered that animals live all over the world: underground, terrestrial, in the water, even on our bodies or in our homes.
The class was full of animals (toys) but the children were happy when we received Mrs. Elles’s visit from Noah’s Ark Park; she didn’t come alone but accompanied by two good friends, a rabbit with very long ears and a Guinea pig, with black and glossy hair. The children fed the rabbit and the Guinea pig with cucumber and take care of them; they were very curious to touch them and to take them in their laps. The children’s joy was even greater when we went to visit the Mrs. Elles’s Park in Barnova (Iasi); some of the children went for the first time by bus and it was a real adventure; at the park, the children played in swings, rocking chairs, cars, in the sand pit and water; also, they could see other animals and their “homes” (hens, roosters, ducks, pigeons, ponies, goats, Vietnamese pigs, turtles).
In conclusion, the children understood that all of us must respect animals, to protect them, not to destroy their living environment or shelters. We must be thankful for the fact that some animals represent for us sources of food, others offer us different products (wool, skin, fur, feathers), other brings us joy through their presence, energy, sounds, beauty and intelligence, or we can play with them (dogs, cats, canaries, hamsters); others animals work for us using their force and power for transport, or for sports competitions (horses, donkeys and even the beautiful and cute ponies).
The children have learned even from animals what means: the courage, love, attachment for the family, self-acceptance, care and protection of babies, work, effort and responsibility to provide a shelter and food, how to avoid the dangers; also, if they want to have a pet, must be prepared to take care of him and to treat him like a friend.
At the moral-Christian education lessons, the main topics were: Daniel in the lions’s den, Jonah and the giant fish, The 10 plagues from Egypt. The Creativity zone was full of domestic animals, but also wild animals that could not hurt us in any way because they were made of paper, rope, plastic and other materials. In June we celebrated the birthday for: David Bakk (6 yrs) and Iliuta Pagu (5 yrs).
This month was dedicated to the rehearsals for the end of school year festivity; every child had to learn a poem … or more; the main theme of festivity was “The Alphabet” and the numbers; at the festivity all the children successfully presented the poems and we sang together a few beautiful songs; each child received a diploma, congratulations for the good results obtained and many … many kisses.
This month we received the visit of 5 students from the Faculty of Medicine which voluntarily raised money to buy our children school bags; they offered to every child which goes to school, a fully equipped bag; also they presented a very interesting oral hygiene lesson.
Another visit, equally important, was that of the teenagers and teachers from Ashcombe High School UK; as usual, their energy and love have brought to the children and to the whole team from kindergarten much cheerfulness, special and unforgettable moments. We thank them for everything and expect them to come back to visit us.
CHILDREN IN FOCUS
Matei was enrolled for the first time in an educational project in September 2016. At the beginning of kindergarten, Matei was able to count from 1 to 10; he didn’t know any written number or any letter from the alphabet; couldn’t recognize his written name; he knew a few colours but none of the basic geometric shapes.
His evolution was very good. He is a smart child, very attentive and responsive to all new things; he understands the new notions and asks many questions; Matei has a fast pace of work.
In Literacy, Matei recognizes and writes all the uppercase letters from the alphabet; he also learned almost all the lower letters of the alphabet; he is able to writes words and sentences; also he can read short and simple words, with help; Matei has a rich vocabulary and usually he understands which is the main idea of a lesson; he expresses his views and he likes to respond to all the questions from the lessons because he knows the answer to almost all the questions posed by teachers.
At Mathematics, Matei solves mathematical calculations with numbers over 20 (additions and subtractions); he works independently.
From a social, emotional and personal point of view, Matei had a good evolution; he has a better self-esteem and has more confidence in his abilities and qualities; Matei expresses his emotions and he talks with the teacher when he has a problem; Matei is a sensitive child with many qualities: ambitious, competitive, friendly, cheerful, industrious, orderly, funny and thoughtful; he likes at kindergarten and became aware of the importance of education; he likes and is proud of his accomplishments; he feels good when is praised and embraced by the teachers.
Matei is ready for school from academic perspective but is possible to have social and emotional adaptation problems.
Iasmina was enrolled in our project starting with June; she never was enrolled in school before. Iasmina has notions of general culture, recognizes and write her name, knows a few letters of the alphabet, has a simple vocabulary, recognizes and writes the numbers from 1 to 10, knows all the colours and a part of the basic geometric shapes.
From academic point of view, Iasmina had a good evolution; she integrated quickly in the project and has a daily routine.
In Literacy, Iasmina studied almost half of the letters from the alphabet (upper and lowercase letters) and recognizes them with help; Iasmina is able to write with help words formed with the letters that she has studied; she is attentive during the lessons and gives correct answers to the questions posed by the teacher; Iasmina can tell, in short, the main sequences of a story but she has speech difficulties (stammering); for this reason, Iasmina started in June therapy with a specialist in speech problems; she is obedient, respects the expert’s advices and the progress is good; Iasmina recites poems and uses the right intonation; she also has a nice voice and sings very nicely; her vocabulary has improved and expresses her opinions with more courage and confidence.
At Mathematics, Iasmina started to work on mathematical calculations with numbers over 10 and her progress is good. From social, emotional and personal point of view, Iasmina had problems adapting at the beginning; she was shy and withdrawn, but in a short time she became the best friend for all the children from kindergarten; Iasmina is a child with a low self-esteem and isn’t aware yet of her skills and abilities; she is introverted and shy but in the same time is very attentive, friendly, cheerful, caring with the younger children and involved in all activities from the class; she is ambitious and eager to have good results; has big chances to reach the targets in the future, because she is responsible, determined, cooperative and hardworking.
FAMILY IN FOCUS
Manea Daniela and Nechita Constantin are together for 25 years but they are not married. They have 5 children: Sebastian (24 years old), Fabiana – Elena (13), Iasmina (almost 12), David –Cosmin (8) si Maria Antonia (6). All of them are registered on the mother’s name.
Mr. Nechita Constantin works daily at digging fountains for 50 lei per day and Mrs. Manea works as a cleaning lady at a pizzeria for a salary of 1000 ei (192 £). Sebastian, the oldest boy of the family went abroad for work. Iasmina is certified with a disability grade, having stammerring and now is enrolled in our kindergarden, because her mother never sent her to school. She now learns the letters and numbers în order to be able to read and write and to be able to make mathematical calculations. We intend to register her în school. Fabiana, David and Maria are students.
All members of the family live in one rented room for which they pay 300 lei per month. The space is tight and poorly equipped. For heating the room, the family uses a stove with woods. They do not have curent water.
The stable income of the family is made of Children benefit – 252lei, Disability pension of Iasmina 123 lei, the father’s income is 800 lei per mount and the mother salary of 1000 lei. Total: (418 £)
Mrs. Petronela and Mr. Catalin Goldan are married and have 5 children: Fabian Constantin (9), Ştefan (7), Octavian Matei (6), Andra-Maria (4) and Victor-Gabriel (1½). The mother is now pregnant in the 6th month.
The family used to live in a single room in their parents’ house, but in 2015 the family built their own house in the same courtyard of Mrs. Petronela’s mother. Mr. Catalin (the father) went abroad and worked at a car wash to earn money for construction materials. They haven’t enough money for the roof, so our organization helped them with £150. After a while they decided to build another room above the first one. Using money from their monthly Benefits and Mr. Catalin earnings they finished the first room, installed a door and windows, and moved in (2016). They still need many things, but are happy to have a home of their own.
Mr. Catalin now works in construction in the community, or look at the garbage bins for various products or furniture for the family. The family’s monthly income is 536 lei – Child and Maternity Benefit, 324 lei Complementary allowance and the husband’s income of about 800 lei. Total 1660 lei (£319).
Like most parents which have children in our project, also these parents have had a painful childhood, with many abuses, but they try to heal the wounds not wanting to repeat them in the relationship with their children. The Parent’s School meetings organized by our organisation were very helpful for them in this direction and they appreciate this.