„A FUTURE CHANGED”
Teachers: Maria Bălteanu & Anişoara Nechifor
Social worker: Daniela Guralivu
The theme of the month was “Spring”. The main subjects discussed at the Science lessons were: Plants, Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds and Farm Animals.
The children learned how important the Plants are for our life (for people and animals). Without them the whole earth would be a dry and deserted place, without colour. The plants offer not only beauty, perfume and food (rich in vitamins and nutrients) but also contain important substances necessary for the preparation of medicines, insecticides, herbicides and cosmetics. The plants have an important role in the circuit of water in nature and helps the soil to be stable. Through the photosynthesis process, plants absorb carbon dioxide and eliminate oxygen without which we can’t live. All the children have learned that is a good thing to sow a plant than to pollute or destroy a green place.
The children were impressed by the interesting forms and colours of the Insects; they were amused by the large number of legs and the speed of moving.
The Reptiles have been in the spotlight because of their different sizes, the scales which covers their body, they care for their “babies”, but also from the fact that some of them are very dangerous.
At the lesson about Amphibians, the children analyzed the frogs. They liked and enjoyed their high jumps and their long and sticky tongue with which they catch their food.
The multi-coloured feathers, the beaks and the sharp claws of the Birds aroused the children’s curiosity, to look with more attention at every bird they see flying or to listen their beautiful sounds or songs.
They also learnt how important the Farm Animals and the crops cultivated at farms are, but also how hard the work of the farmers is, to take care of all these animals and the agricultural crops.
At the social, personal and emotional development lessons, the main topics were: Friendship – a treasure for all the people, listening of the parents, saying Thanks! Besides the basic needs, education and protection, the love and encouragement helps a child to have a beautiful development from all points of view. We have everything we need if we are hardworking. Discrimination – all the people are equal, the only difference is given by the character and behaviour of each person.
At the moral-Christian education lessons, the topics discussed were: Elijah and the ravens and The 10 plagues in Egypt.
The main theme of June was “Our World”.
The children have learned at the Science lessons that the planet Earth is only a tiny part of what is called Universe. Planet Earth is our “home”, the world we are living in with our families. We must protect this “house”, keep it clean and healthy because it gives us everything we need to live (air, water, soil for agricultural crops, warmth and the right light from the Sun), otherwise in time, we will suffer.
The children have learnt to treat the planet with more respect, to be “small ecologists” and to keep unpolluted the water, air and soil; otherwise, everyone’s life will be in danger, plants and animals will disappear and people’s health will be affected. There are already signs which show us that because of people’s indifference, the planet has warmed up, the atmospheric phenomena destroys everything around us (strong winds, landslides, vegetation fires, hailstorms).
The children have been impressed by the global disasters caused by pollution and climate change and they have learnt to be a good role model, an example for others – to recycle, to save energy and to keep the cleanliness of the Planet. They also liked the images with the dangerous volcanoes which spread the hot lava. Other interesting topics discussed were, the internal structure of Earth, the tectonic plates, the continents, the oceans, the circuit of water in nature, the landforms and more.
The children did an imaginary journey on different continents, in different countries and cities from our world. They discovered through images, some of the main tourist attractions. They saw in France, the Eiffel Tower, in the UK – Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, in Italy – the Colosseum, in Romania – Bran Castle and many others beautiful places. Our world is full of people, buildings, crowded streets, beautiful and interesting things and the children were challenged to say something beautiful and important from their own lives (Somna said that her mother is the most beautiful “thing” in her life; Diana said that Kindergarten is the most beautiful thing in her life and Nicolas said that his family is the most important and beautiful thing for him). Then the children named an ugly thing in their life (Nicolas said – the misery surrounding the area where he lives and Diana said – the violence and suffering which she sees in a neighbouring family). These were some very touching moments.
At the moral-Christian education lessons, the main topics were: Canaan – the Promised Land; Jesus – The Light of the World; The story of the three trees (which became the Manger, the Boat with which sailed the Lord, and the Cross).
The main theme of July was “Colours”.
The children have learned at the Science lessons about the main source of light of our planet, the Sun. The children knew that the Sun is a big star which has its own light and heat and that it’s at a huge distance from the Earth. They learned that the light travels with a very high speed, and the rays of the sun touch everything on the ground. We can see the images of all the things with the help of the brain and eyes. But without light we can’t see the colours, (green grass, red strawberries, yellow pears, orange apricots, blue sky, pink flowers, purple grapes) and the shapes of the objects, their size, if they are close or far away. We find many useful and interesting information with the help of light. Also, the light is another important element for the existence of life on Earth.
To understand the importance of colour, each child was given to draw something (a house, a tree, a heart, a flower) but all the children had to choose from different shades of blue. When the teacher asked them if they would like to make the drawing to look better and what they need for this they realised that they needed more colours. When they were asked if would like to have a world with only one colour, they all answered “No”. Finally, they understood that each colour has its meaning and beauty. Then, they returned to the drawing and used all the colours, such as green for leaves, red for the heart, pink for the flower, brown for the tree branches, yellow for the walls of the house, blue for clouds, orange balloon. Now, the drawings were very beautiful and the children were proud of their achievements.
Other topics discussed were: the light types (natural and artificial), how the shadows are formed, eclipse of the sun and moon. At the moral-Christian education lessons we talked about The Rainbow (God’s Promise).
This month we organised the festivity for the end of school year. The children who are going to school in the autumn received an equipped back bag with everything they needed for school, a new important step for their lives.
Another important event was the visit of the teenagers and teachers from Aschombe High School in the UK. The time spent together was precious and rich in beautiful memories.
CHILDREN IN FOCUS
Stefania was enrolled in our project in September 2016. She has never been enrolled in an educational program before, but she has adapted quickly from all points of view (social, personal, academic).
At the beginning of kindergarten, Stefania knew to count from 1 to 10 but incorrectly. She didn’t know any written numbers or any letters of the alphabet and couldn’t recognise her written name. She knew only a few of the colours and none of the basic geometric shapes and her vocabulary was poor and with many grammatical mistakes. During the time, Stefania had a good academic progress.
In Literacy, Stefania is able to recognise her written name and she recognises all the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. She is able to write words and her vocabulary has developed and correct. Stefania is able to tell, in short, the main sequences of a story.
At Mathematics, Stefania recognizes the numbers from 1 to 20 and she has learnt all the colours and the basic geometric shapes. Stefania had a good progress at mathematical calculations and has a faster pace of work.
Stefania is resourceful, independent, able to take decisions and is aware of her abilities. She expresses her emotions and opinions. Stefania has a high self-esteem, is very sociable and has much intelectual potential.
Stefania is determined to have good results and certainly in the future will have a beautiful development from all points of view. Stefania will go to school this autumn
Debora was enrolled in our project in September 2016.
The adaptation for Debora was very difficult and sometimes she was very stubborn and disobedient. Now, Debora has adapted from academic point of view. She has a strong personality, a high self-esteem and is aware of her qualities. Debora has a high intellectual potential and assimilates the informations quickly.
At the beginning of kindergarten Debora was able to count correctly from 1 to 10 and she knew a few colours. She didn’t know any written numbers or letters of the alphabet, couldn’t recognize her written name and didn’t recognise the basic geometric shapes. Debora’s vocabulary was rich but with many grammatical mistakes. During the time, Debora has made good progress.
In Literacy, Debora recognises her written name and she recognises all the uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet. She is able to write words and her writing is beautiful and ordered on the page. Also, she is able to read short words. Debora can tell, in short, the main sequences of a story and her vocabulary is developed and without grammatical mistakes.
At Mathematics, Debora recognises the numbers between 1 and 20 and has learnt all the colours and the basic geometric shapes. She has made good progress at mathematical calculations. Debora solves quickly the exercises and understands well the notions of addition and subtraction.
Debora will go to school this autumn, but unfortunately, she still has difficulties adapting from emotional and personal point of view.
Family in focus
Mrs. Andreea Ciurariu and Mr. Aron Ispiru, are not legally married and have 3 children: Mihai Ciurariu (11), Claudiu Ispiru (8) and Stefania (6). The children’s father generally does not live with his family but goes to his parents or abroad. He has psychological problems and also alcohol addiction, and when he stays at home is very violent with the mother of the children. Children are affected by all these conflicts and they are afraid of their father when he comes home. It has often happened that the family had to sleep at neighbours because of violence and its threats. Mihai and Claudiu are students and participate in the Homework Club because they need educational and emotional support. Stefania is at our Kindergarten.
The family lives in a house with one room and a kitchen built in the courtyard of Mrs. Andreea’s father. The room is large but because there is much humidity the walls are wet and full of mould. Recently, mother cleaned the walls and painted them.
The family has electricity, but they don’t have running water and buy it from neighbours.
The family’s regular monthly income is 252 lei (£48) Child Benefit, 195 lei (£37) Complementary Benefit and 320 lei (£61), Supplementary Benefit, a total of 767 lei (£146). Mrs. Andreea receives 4 meals daily from a Social Canteen.
Nechita / Mares family
Aglaia-Irina Nechita and Constantin Mareş are the parents of 7 children: Ilinca-Bianca Nechita (13), Iulian (11), Maria-Denisa (9), Elena-Debora (6), Lavinia-Andreea (4), Florina-Monalisa (3) and Maya Dumitrita (1½). All the children are registered in their father’s name, except the eldest. Mrs. Aglaia-Irina has another daughter – Diana-Giorgiana Nechita (19) from a previous relationship. She lives with a man and have together a baby girl (1) and is pregnant again.
The family live in a house with 2 rooms and a kitchen, but they don’t have legal papers for it. The house is made of clay and has no foundations. Because the land is flooded and there is no sewerage, the walls are very wet and have a lot of mould. The family intend to demolish the house and build another one with bricks and cement. They already asked us if we can help them to do this. The father works at a gas company, and when he has time he does various chores at home. He is very skilled but he does not have enough resources. The money from his salary are just enough for the needs of such a large family.
The family stable income is 504 lei (£95.70) Child Benefit, 200 lei (£38) Maternity Benefit and the father’s salary – 1065lei. The mother has health problems and often comes to us to ask for money for medical consultations and treatment. So far she has received 410 lei from us and health problems are far from being solved.