Isolation, Kindergarten Pupils, No Formal Schools, Local Education!
Schools are closed throughout the state of North Carolina. In our local area, predominantly first and second graders are fairly common. Available among us a mature highly qualified unemployed person. He was willing to teach them following the school schedule. About three of the kids in this area are lucky. The kid’s houses were close by. Memorial day gave them a break.
Yesterday was an engaging class. It is all about riddles and clues. Every pupil contributes actively by proposing the riddle!. If anyone desires to answer they simply raise their hand and wait for the permission of the teacher. They were learning about colors. They read that the sunlight is made of seven colors. They wondered how a white light from the sun has seven colors.
The teacher asked them if anyone had any guess? There was no reply.
He took a glass prism from his pocket and directed the sunlight on the prism. Voila! There were many colors coming out of the other end of the prism.
Every kid was given an opportunity to feel and touch the colors they saw.
The teacher named the colors, like violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. The curiosity of the kids left them wondered at the splitting of colors. Individually this unique experience made an impact. He added that they would learn more about these colors when they go to higher grades.
The class dealt with learning about numbers from one to ten in order. They
use their fingers to count up to ten, and from ten to twenty using toes too. They learned to add by one’s two’s, three’s, fours, fives, and tens. They were taught about ten especially, and also of the idea of digits since the number
10 has two digits 1 and 0. For hundred the digits are three, 100.rudimentar
They were given plain white paper individually. Asked to draw whatever they wanted. The three of them produced more than ten drawings each. Their imagination was recorded in white sheets of paper for the parents to admire the stretch of their imagination. Their superb hand and eyesight coordination came to light vividly. Their cognition level of objects and distance mastery was admirable.
That was a class for riddles. Anyone can solve it. But there is an order among kids to have a chance to come up with an answer. One of them
asked what numbers start and end in the same place? No answer for a while. One of the three raised the hand. Every one looked. They are the
0 and 8. For they start and end in the same place. The teacher was amused at the smart answer.
Another kid asked have you seen a pot full of rubies? Guess! all the hands went up to answer this question. The teacher this time preferred that the shy kid should answer. The shy kid was ready to take the challenge. This is pomegranate, he said. Everyone agreed with the answer in unison.
The evening half an hour was used for stretching exercises, breathing exercises, situps for that age, nothing strenuous and gazing the sky to find cloud formations, their colors, shape, learning about rain-bearing clouds, thunder, and lightening. Feel the fresh cool air and smell the fragrance of garden flowers nearby.
Many a rudimentary pre-kinder and kindergarten schools sprouted to reach out to the upcoming generational education needs locally to the best of their ability and resources available. This a peaceful local societal progress