Freesia School March 2015 Newsletter Update
AlphaBet Club Building Blocks is proud to have surpassed 200,000 meals this month! With Troy Swanson and Danielle Smissaert visiting ABC Freesia, this month has been a thrilling month for all at school!
Learning came to an end with an official final assessment for all K5 kids in all the Building Blocks Schools. K5 children had their last field trip for the year to an “Old age home” where they sang and told stories to the residents and shared some snacks and fruits with them.
Attendance and Nutrition
No. of students enrolled: 92
Total number of meals served this month: 3,420
No. of school days: 22
No. of Students Enrolled (Day): 85
Average attendance: 78
Attendance in %: 91
No. of Students Enrolled (ASP): 7
Total breakfasts served: 1,710
Total lunches served: 1,710
Total meals served at ASP
(After School Program): NIL
Total number meals served since opening at Freesia: 74,444
Total ABC-BB School partnership meals since opening: 207, 607
This month they learned writing numbers from 1-100 and writing even and odd numbers from 1-20. Recognizing and writing the numerals, counting the objects and writing the numerals, matching the number of objects in a set to the correct numeral, coloring the correct number of objects, sequencing the numerals and matching sets to their correct numerals. All these activities were done from the math work book.
This month Multiplication tables of 1 and 2 were revised, revision of what comes after and what comes before, numbers from 1-100, missing numbers, lesser to greater / greater to lesser, which is greater than and lesser than (<,>,=) and arranging the numbers in serial order.
Children learned the new tricky words: the, he, she, me, we, be, I, was, to, do, are, all, you, your, come, some, said, here, there, the dictations of tricky words, blending words, reading sentences and simple readers – ‘Pick up’ and ‘GO..go..go..’
Children learned the new tricky words – does, made and their, dictation of tricky words, blending words from word bank and reading sentences from the word bank. In language, they learned recognizing and writing the beginning and ending vowel sounds and missing sounds, recognizing pictures and writing the words and circling the letters and writing.
K5 Core Curriculum Language Arts – Revision of sentences that were prepared by the teachers (instructional sentences), Value Education and Moral stories were taught– “Let’s be Honest“ and “Doing the right thing”.
Introduction of new letters – Dha, Dhaa, na, Pa, Phaa, Ba, Bhaa, Maa, Yaa, Raa
K4 Story time
Stories read were- Sam the Cat, Time to get up, In the Garden, Where are my Socks, My Home, Help others and others will help you, The Tea Party, My album of Shapes and Colors, The Foolish Crocodile, Teddy Bear stories, Elmo and the big bird, The wonderful wizard of OZ, Brad the Crab, Buzzing and Flying, Wiggles the environment and This little Monster.
K5 Story time
Review of stories: The Thirsty Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, The Hare and the Tortoise.
Being kind – they learned when we do something to help someone, we are being kind.
Caring for yourself – they learned it is important to take care of ourselves
Learning to obey – they learned obey means doing what you are told to do
Love nature – they learned nature teaches us to help and share
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!
Children and teachers at Freesia stayed very busy revising all the concepts that were learned throughout the year. A lot of independent work happened, with teachers giving worksheets in all areas of learning from the whole year. Teachers were continuously gauging, assessing and preparing them for the final assessment in March. Selvi and Meher the curriculum coordinators of Building Blocks Schools assessed children of K5 with a formal assessment. An internal assessment happened for all the K4 children also.
Exams were conducted by Meher and Selvi on 18th, 19th and 20th of March for K5 classes. Children were given booklets to write their exams. Oral exam was conducted to assess the verbal ability to spell and speak.
K5 kids visited an old age home and spent some time with the senior citizens. They entertained them with songs, dance and stories.
Troy Swanson and Danielle Smissaert spent a whole day in Freesia with the children of all the classrooms. They took part in many activities throughout the day. They also visited the Chinnappa Garden slum from where Freesia school children come. Later in the afternoon they spent some time with the ASP children.
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.