20.08.2009 - 20.11.2009
So...since I went to observe a school day a few days back I thought I'd let in on the information I gathered and let you see a few of a the pictures I took there.
First off, because there isn't enough room in the school for all of the children at once school is split into half days with the younger children going in the mornings and older children going in the afternoons. Well...that's the way it's sort of set up. Actually, they try to make it so that all the children of a family go to school at the same time. The early session of school begins at 7:30 Monday through Friday. The first class is civic hour which is pretty much all of the kids standing in the school yard and one or two of the teachers leading them in a couple of songs and I couldn't really understand what they were saying, but part of it sounded like she was talking about the Bible.
We visted a fourth grade classroom where they were learning math:
We visited a first grade classroom with two teachers...one was a younger lady who yelled at the children to be quiet and had no real control. The other was an older lady, who moved around the room helping the children individually and seemed to have the real authority. At least as far as the children were concerned.
Spelling and vocab in first grade:
They don't seem to have text books, instead the teachers write on the board and the students copy, which works all right from what I could tell.
In the first grade classroom there was a mother who was there with her son helping him. She also had along a toddler who looked around the room wide-eyed.
One of the classes at the school is English. I don't think all of the children have it...probably just the older kids, but I am not sure how it works. The classes are taught by volunteers from the UK.
It is noisy in the classrooms, partially because one of the classes is always have recess just outside:
Here is a link to a website with a little more info on the school:
There is a female guard at the school to keep peace. Kind of. Today I was at kid's club which is right by the school and from the window I saw the guard beating a kid with what looked like a broom handle. I think the child may have been encouraging a fight that had just happened between two girls who looked like they were about 11 years old. The girls had been punching eachother in the face and I think I saw some hair-pulling. Yikesies. And then there is the whole machete issue. *shudder* I may be from Oklahoma, but I am not used to weapons, especially not machetes! While we were at school Erica and I saw a kid in the school yard tossing one up in the air and catching it over and over. *shudder*