Freesia School July 2015 Newsletter Update
With attendance at 90% and school operating six days a week, we have yet another successful month this school year!
As we leap forward into the next month we see children hopping and running into the school every morning. Things have calmed and settled down with the new children. No more tantrums to throw, no more crying to say good bye to their parents – what a change in just one month into the school year! Focus is back into learning for all K3, K4 and K5 kids. ABC is very happy to announce that we served record high meals for this calendar year at 8,700 meals through both the ABC schools in Bangalore, India.
Attendance and Nutrition
No. of students enrolled: 106
Total number of meals served this month: 3,950
No. of school days: 24
No. of Students Enrolled (Day): 91
Average attendance: 82
Attendance in %: 90
No. of Students Enrolled (ASP): 15
Total breakfasts served: 1,975
Total lunches served: 1,975
Total number meals served since opening at Freesia: 82,631
Total ABC-BB School partnership meals since opening: 226,040
K4 children learned writing and recognizing numbers from 1-10 and also to count from 1-20. In Fun with Math they learned about patterns, what comes next and many activities associated with this.
K5 children learned numbers from 1-80 and were given writing practice on numbers from 1-80.
With the help of images, jolly song and action K4 children learned the sounds of t, i, p, n, c, k and e. Children also learned to blend sounds.
K5 children learned the sounds of letters c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l and f. They also learned blending words, reading sentences, recognizing and writing the sounds.
Local Language Kannada:
This month kids were writing letters of Kannada language alphabets on slate and book.
This month they learned about the WORLD through a story
They also were read many stories on all about my family, all about my friends and all about my home.
This month they learned about –
“Let’s do things together”, “Learning to give” and “Let’s tell the truth” with moral stories like the “Dinosaur Roar!” and the “The train ride”
From stories, rhymes, coloring with crayons, holding pencils to write wavy lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, learning new words, improving their fine motor skills with catching the ball, pushing the toy cars, lifting the bean bags, blowing bubbles etc, they were kept busy and were learning in large through all the activities designed to improve their knowledge. They were also introduced to the class room rules, School’s name and Teacher’s name
Children are encouraged to play in our outdoor playground. Every day, 15 minutes of physical activity is included in the schedule.
Hand washes are mandatory before and after food, after using the restroom and after playtime. Our newly enrolled K3 and K4 children are learning the 7 steps to hand wash.
Well balanced nutritious meals were prepared and served every day. Children were fed breakfast and lunch on all working days. Delicious meals were prepared and served with love every day at our Freesia School! A total of 3,950 meals were served this month.
After School Program (ASP)
This program helps the students in the evening with their homework which they bring back from their respective schools. This program is a supportive program which assists our previous graduates to keep up with their school work and Home work. We have 15 graduates from grade I and II of previous years coming for this program. This month the program ran for 22 days.
A teacher training session was conducted on July 25th by our volunteer Sue Griffith to all the teachers of Building Blocks Schools. The topic discussed was about “Importance of Morning Message and Phase one of Phonics”. All the Managers, teachers and the curriculum coordinators attended the session. Thank you Mrs. Griffith for conducting one!
There were many birthday celebrations for the month of July. Children brought candies and cake to share with their friends. Here are a few pictures…….
Special Thanks to the staff that supports Freesia at our Implementation Partner, Building Blocks, and also to all Infrastructure Funding Partners, AlphaBet Club donors and volunteers, Rotary Club Amsterdam International and Wilde Ganzen.