Slice of Life Challenge Day#17
So schools are officially closed as of today in our state, for two weeks. This is not a hugely populated area of the country, so I am very much hoping they will open again after 31st March. The main reason…? Our students are really poor, English is not their first language, their parents don’t speak any English and they do NOT have access to online learning!
Once again, the divide between rich and poor comes to the fore and there seems to be no easy solution. These kids have very little to do at home, so they tend to roam the streets and neighbourhood when school is not on, which is just what they’re not meant to do at this time. About the only thing they can do at home is watch cable TV which is mostly mindless rubbish here. They tend to watch Cartoon Network or something similar and think that most people in the west live in a castle like those in Frozen or Beauty and the Beast.
The kindergarten class is at a crucial learning stage, just eight weeks into a new school year. How do their teachers get them to study phonics on a daily basis at home? They have no books at home and barely any toys. The homework book we do send home with the kindergarten classes on a daily basis, usually ends up fairly grubby and worn in a matter of weeks.
If anyone has any ideas, please do let me know! So far I have thought of giving older students ten different words a day, to put into their own sentences in their neatest possible handwriting and a couple of topics a day to do some free writing on…… They can also take home a book a day (if they want) from our little library. Yes, I know they’re not meant to come to school, but I figure that popping in and out for a bit more homework every day on an almost empty road, is not going to expose them unnecessarily.
Handwashing is part of their daily routine. Everything these kids have learned about hygiene has been here at school.