SAM’s Flying Start to 2020!
Hello and thank you so much for taking the time to read this, our first report of 2020 from ‘SAMaritan Day Care & Kindergarten’ – SAM!
2020 is definitely off to a ‘flying start’ at SAM. We have increased our numbers steadily and now have 32 children and toddlers/babies in total attending regularly. Each receives day care and early years education appropriate to their individual needs and stage of development. Our own on-site kitchen is now operational and provides nutritious and healthy food using local ingredients. We are also hoping to recruit a third care giver in the next few weeks, which will allow our team to offer one to one care to the most disadvantaged youngsters.
Our children come from varying backgrounds, this presents a considerable challenge when we start to introduce the children to the literacy skills they need to develop ready for their primary school education. We teach in English and Luganda and find there is a lot of work to be done to bring every Kindergarten child up to the same level before we can start to teach them all to become fluent readers.
Through our teachers’ contacts we recently learned about a respected resource – ‘Jolly Phonics’ – a fun and child-centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. We managed to buy one of the colourful wall charts from the package of innovative and creative materials available - see the photo below. Teaching with this chart is already showing positive results and our teachers believe that the multi-sensory methods that the programme uses are truly excellent.
We are therefore excited to announce that we have ambitious plans to give our Kindergarten children the Jolly Phonics ‘Flying Start’ by raising funds to purchase the full Jolly Phonics programme package of materials. We are launching a microproject on GlobalGiving specifically to raise the money needed, and we are taking part in the GlobalGiving ‘Little by Little’ Matching Campaign in March. Please look out for more details on our website and facebook pages for the campaign publicity.
You, our donors and volunteers, are so important to us and we really thank you for all the support you give. We and our staff at SAM appreciate the time and energy that visiting volunteers give and are so happy that this appreciation goes both ways. In the words of one such recent visitor:
“Dear Colleagues in Uganda
Thank you very much for the wonderful time I have had with you!
You made me feel warm and welcome. I have had a lot of fun with you and it is very nice to get to know you.
You are wonderful teachers; you have a great heart for the children and you have so much love for them. Very beautiful to see!
And you are very involved with all the children and show in everything that you love them!
The children are lucky with such good and loving teachers at their school!
I wish you all the best and good luck for the future and God’s blessing for the work you do, but also in your personal life!
Lots of love A…..”
Little by Little campaign Please support SAM by donating up to $50 during the period March 23rd -27th March and your donation will get a 50% match from GlobalGiving.
Please note the campaign is worldwide: It starts at 09.00 hrs ET in US, 13.00 hrs GMT in UK, 14.00 hrs CET in Euro zone and ends at midnight 27th .
Better still, if you start a recurring donation during the campaign and keep it active for 4 months the initial amount of the donation will also receive a 100% match!
Don’t forget Gift Aid in the UK!
To help even more please tell your friends about our work and this campaign and if possible share it on social media.
For more information look on our website: www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/preschool and Facebook page.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lego is a great way to play and learn.
More books to read!
Drawing ia also great fun!
Example of Jolly Phonics sounds.
Little X Little flyer.
Friends for life!