Sri Lanka: Palathuduwa Preschool Support
Preschoolers Have Fun Welcoming the New Year: Q2 2017
September 01, 2017
Summary of Activities
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.
Activities Carried Out this Quarter:
- Supported the ability of children’s guardians to provide more care and protection for their children
- Ensured the health and sanitation of the children
- Prepared the children to become nature-loving, educated citizens
- Educated the children on how to live in peace and harmony among different ethnic groups
- Made the children aware of modern communication technology and its benefits
- Children celebrated Sinhala and Hindu New Year’s Festival.
- Children prepared for the New Year’s Festival and learned how to visit a neighbor’s home.
- Children and their mothers decorated the preschool for the Vesak Festival.
- Part of the preschool syllabus is to teach the children proper behavior and etiquette during meals and parties, such as appropriate dress, habits, and using a fork and spoon.
New Year’s Festival
The New Year’s Festival is special for Sinhala and Hindu people, and it is well celebrated. The New Year’s Festival takes place every year in April. There were many children’s games, and every child participated in the events. Many villagers participated and visit our event as well. The parents made two houses using natural things for children because we wanted to teach the children about how to visit a neighbor’s house. Parents brought New Year’s meals from their homes. Parents were very supportive in general, and we are grateful for their contributions, which helped make this a successful event.
Every preschool in the Tangalle division holds an annual procession, and this year our children also participated in it. They performed a dance, and our assistant teacher trained them well. The parents also helped so our participation in the procession could be a success.
For Vesak Festival our students decorated preschool with their mothers. Our main event was our children observing sill from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. At first the teachers were uncertain about the event because the children didn’t know how to behave during the observation. But the parents wanted the children to learn about sill, learn how to behave themselves, and learn what they should do when they eat. Our assistant teacher also observed sill, and the parents helped look after our children. Although it was a very difficult event, finally it was successful.