Sri Lanka: Palathuduwa Preschool Support
Preschool Welcomes New Students: Q1 2019
May 01, 2019
Summary of Activities
New students joined the preschool for this new term. The older children welcomed the new children after learning how and why it is important to do so. During this term, the preschool syllabus included a school trip to two environments: a beach and a fishery harbor. These visits enabled the teachers to provide a hands-on learning experience about the coastal environments and the ocean. At the beach, children learned about the composition of the sand and seawater, as well as mirages. They learned also why boats stay afloat in the water. These experiences increased the children’s awareness and understanding of the environments around them.
Classes and activities continued as planned, providing parents and guardians with support and advice in the proper care of their young children, and providing children with a safe environment, at least one nutritious meal a day, and quality preschool education, including health awareness, eco-awareness, diversity awareness, and basic communication technologies.
In January, we began the 2019 school year. Teachers organized an event in which older students welcomed new students. Parents of the second-year children made bunches of flowers, and their children gave the flowers to the new students to welcome them to the school. All teachers, children, and parents went to receive a blessing from the head elder of the temple. Newcomers’ parents arranged a small treat for all. Finally, the head teacher made a short speech.
All of the school’s children, as well as their parents and teachers, took a trip to visit a fishery harbor and a Tangalle beach. First, the children were taken to the harbor, where they could see many boats, and were even shown the inside of a boat. Some of the children did not want to go inside the boat and stayed with their parents until the others came back. The children were taught how a boat stays afloat in the harbor.
After the harbor, we went to the Tangalle beach, where the children greatly enjoyed themselves playing in the waves and the sand, and everyone enjoyed bathing in the sea. The teachers showed them a mirage and explained the phenomenon. Children could also see many boats and ships in the ocean.