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Weekly Group Projects

Once a week we get our children to do group projects. These cover a range of subjects including science, geography, history and human interest. For example some of our recent topics included coming up with new inventions and making adverts for them, exploring and  mapping our local area, carrying out surveys of the other students (favourite food/subject/colour etc) and making bar charts, making up plays about good and bad ways to behave in certain situations and inventing new superheros.

We introduce the topic in one large group and explain the aims/discuss ideas. Children are then divided up into groups and have an allotted time to complete the task (with help/guidance from the teachers), before returning to the larger group and presenting what they have done to the rest of the children and staff. This is sometime just done over one session, or for bigger topics, can span a few weeks. This means they are not only learning about the specific subjects we cover, but also how to be confident in presenting their ideas to others. It has been lovely so far and the children are really taking to it. Any suggestions for projects are welcome!

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in 2016

 

Recycled Flowers

For the last month we have been rejoined at the center by Julian (who last year ran a recycled plastic, kite making project), who has been back teaching our students again. (Photos our courtesy of him at blueskytravel).

His project has moved on to creating flowers from waste plastics, for decoration, or to add to shoes/hair ties. The process begins with a discussion on the environment, then over a few sessions collecting and cleaning discarded plastic bags from our local area, making these into flowers (different sizes, colours etc), and finally re-discussing environment issues to see what the children have learned.

The main aim is to teach children about the  importance of the environment and our impact on it through fun activities. The children really engaged in the project and have learned some valuable lessons about caring for the environment and re-purposing things which do not need to be waste.

 

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in 2016

 

Speaking Class

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We run regular English speaking classes based on pronunciation and sound/word recognition. Our aim is to allow the children to communicate, even if in broken sentences. This plays on the way children learn best. Our first topics to cover include introductions, colours and objects, family, the body, weather, feelings, shopping, school and time. We will gradually build up to do more and more. We are lucky to have enough teachers (sometimes English sometimes Khmer) to run the classes in small groups to make sure the kids get the best possible experience.

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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in 2016

 

A Bit of Decoration

We have been steadily brightening up the place with lots of new art. The children have tried their hands at murals, “stained glass” (with plastic and tissue paper), collarge, paper mache and painting. It’s great to let the children put their own mark on the center so they can really feel a part of it.

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There was obviously some stray paintbrushes and glue spots as unseen little ones had their turn too, but nothing that a good wash couldn’t fix. It is always very good, messy fun to do art. The children love a chance to express their creativity.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in 2016

 

Science

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The students always love to try their hand at something new, so it was great to have some friends of the centre in to run a few science experiments. The children do not get that mush exposure to science, so it is great to teach them something different. We ran all sorts of experiments including floating eggs, holes in balloons and of course vinegar rockets!

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Allowing the students to learn through doing is so important, so we made sure everyone got to join in and had a lot of fun doing so. We are looking forward to the next lessons!

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in 2016

 

Khmer New Year Party

We have just finished celebrating Khmer New Year here in Cambodia. It is always a fantastically fun time to be in the country with lots of parties and powder fights. Many businesses close down and most people go to spend the holidays with their families, often out in the countryside.

To mark the even we held our annual Khmer New Year Party. It was great, lots of games, dancing, laughing and eating. As always our wonderful staff did a great job at hosting it and making sure all the children and their families had a good time.

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There are many traditional Khmer games to play at this time of year, clay pot breaking, tug of wars, different chasing games, eating contests. We managed to get through a fair few of them and everybody got to join in at some point. Last of all the children got to eat all the fruit we had brought, obviously a little messy but delicious, before heading off on their holidays.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in 2016

 

Lots of Art, Lots of Helpers, Lots of Fun!

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We have had an intensive few weeks of art and dance classes with many friends of the center calling in to run different sessions. The children have really enjoyed it. From making clay elephants, to tie-dye and jewellery making the children have been spoiled for choice.

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We have way too many photos to chose from and we are saving the dance videos as some of the steps will make an appearance in our Khmer New Year celebrations. A huge thank you to Sandi, Jo, Frank, Rich, Phill, Mikki and Marah for making it so much fun!

 

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2016 in 2016

 
 
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