Thursday, August 13, 2009

dose of reality


Reid's mother is in Africa visiting the some of the beneficiaries of the African Medical Mission that she is director of. Here, in her words, is a "day in the life" at the preschool:

"Today was spent in the preschool and I have to say how really impressed I was with what is happening for the 52 kids that were there today....The day always starts with prayers and song. They then line up and head to the classroom. This morning a group from Canada had knitted hats for the kids and all were wearing colors and caps...They sing they dance, they talked about weather, they worked on colors, numbers and sounds....Had a bathroom break - only in preschool are there there homes they use the open space.....after that they divided the group into two parts - younger and older - the older ones had a lesson about writing their names and A apple a - practice......after finishing their papers. They had free time and I watched the girls go to a kitchen center and put the babies in blankets on their back- just like MOM. They boys were playing with blocks building some amazing structure. One group was in the books, another doing peg board colors, puzzles and tanagrams.....I was amazed at what they could do and how happy they were...Then a big story about Goldilocks as they acted it out...By this time day was over...they all went to the porch and awaited lunch of potato soup and bread....Hungry children although I did see the dogs and pigs enjoying the left overs that were dropped or sweep onto the land... Jenny was finishing the clinic - today they had a Canadian grandmother helping in clinic and it was more adult concerns....Had an office meeting with Mary and Jenny and we will be working on some more grants for tomorrow from South African Gold groups...Days are already going so quickly - I am taking pictures and look forward to sharing....Love to all, Carla"
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