Wednesday morning the class room supplies the KKIS Project purchased for the DIF School, (called 10 -17 because those are the ages of the kids who attend there) were delivered. This is an open class school in which each student works at his own determined level in a workbook with all subjects included. There is a teacher present and there are always lots of questions and appeals for assurance that things have been done correctly.
A lot of these kids have not attended school before and have not learned small motor skills like writing. I can’t tell how many different positions of holding a pencil I have observed. So part of the curriculum is learning to use their hands. The KKIS Project donation included materials for them: three kinds of glue, plastic paper, fomi, pipe cleaners (in 6 colors), wooden popsicle sticks, ribbon, markers, crepe paper, white paper, graph paper, poster boards, scissors, rulers, puzzles and a world globe.
We were delighted to hear that 25 of the students from the previous school year will be returning and that an hour of English language study had been formally scheduled three days each week. That means that we will begin by sharing the computer lessons from a laptop projector for the entire class. We are awaiting our request of licenses for the English computer program, Little Reader, on the 20 computers that now reside in the DIF school classroom. When those come through the kids can go to the program on their own computers without our assistance and we will begin volunteering for work in small groups helping them speak.
An invitation for volunteers will soon be posted. Please consider helping these kids as their smiles are worth a million bucks.