Krystal with some of the students during the 11:00 break. During this break students take porridge every day.
By Krystal Woodside
March 9th 2019
Two weeks at Rugatene primary school down and one to go! I cannot believe how quickly this teaching placement is going. One thing I love about this school is no two days ever seem to be the same and there are always surprises waiting around every corner. I am starting to really get to know the students and their personalities are starting to show through. During lunch and breaks I have been taking the opportunity to just be with the students outside and learn from them. Luckily they take the time to teach me lots about Kenya and I try to return the favour by teaching them about Canada. On Thursday I taught them a handshake and their faces just lit up. It really is the little things that makes them so happy. There are always lots of laughs and lots of questions from everyone.
Two of the upper year girls posing for a photo during one of their breaks
This week, I was fortunate to have the standard 4 (grade 4 in Canada) class for science everyday. We were working on the soil unit. What I love about Kenyan curriculum is that so many of the lessons focus on activities and learning by doing. The way the textbook is designed really allows connections to the outside world and to things that are of relevance to the students.
In order to learn more about the soil we spent lots of time outside analyzing it. The students were quick to show me the different soils Kenya has and all the animals that live in it. They even showed me the safari ant which is bigger than ants in Canada and also bites. Unfortunately for my fellow pre-service teacher Hailey, she found this fact out the hard way one morning before school.
A group of grade 4 and 5 boys sharing the football field with the cattle.
One of my other favourite classes to help teach is the physical education class. Although we are in the athletics unit this term the students always want to play football and we often oblige.
We share the field with the Rugatene secondary school’s cattle but no one seems to mind the arrangement. The students will be running up and down the field and the cows just add an extra challenge to the game. Surprisingly the cows don’t seem to mind the commotion either. I have even seen a cow get hit by the ball and just continue grazing.
Moments like this make this whole experience seem surreal. Where else would kids playing football around a group a cattle be such a common experience. That is one thing I love about Kenya. They often don’t have the same resources as we have in Canada but they still have just as much if not more fun! I am really going to miss these kids when I head back to Canada but I’m looking forward to one more week with them!