The number of under 5’s attending our center is growing. With older siblings off to school the young ones toddle themselves into the center and make themselves at home. They are all incredibly cute and incredibly naughty!
Toys to stimulate young children are few and far between in Cambodia so we have been running sessions especially aimed at this group to give them some more variety. Classes are still in the early stages but Ney and Kolab (who are sharing the teaching) are enjoying it so far!
We do some art lessons, painting (brush, finger, printing), cutting and sticking, modeling clay. Practicing time with our clocks. Counting (English and Khmer), ABCs (English and Khmer) and games where they have to learn about sharing.
They are really benefitting from some time away from the older kids, where they can focus a little bit more attention on what they are doing and learn to play together nicely. It is also beneficial to some of the older children who bring their younger siblings along (older siblings, especially girls, often function as the primary day carer for younger siblings here) as it allows them more time to play with children their own age while we take care of the little ones.