4 PM is an essential service to the Singaporean community as they provide an education for children of the Malay community that come from low-income backgrounds. As a result, they address SDG 4 and SDG 10. UWC supports them by providing resources that we collect from the college community. The service is essential in providing children with the opportunity to have a quality education just like every child should. Their recognition of the importance of education for children makes this service so valuable.
How to get children engaged in activities?
Nichapa, Will and Lorette ‘s advice…….. ;))))
To get children engaged, you should make them feel like home. Most kids won’t feel comfortable for the first time they meet new people. You might want to ask their names and introduce yourself then you can get to know them more. However, you will not want to ask them 10 questions about their life at one time but you will get to talk to them every time they come to our school. This will make you and children get closer and talk more. Here are some tips for you to consider.
- For the first meeting, split them into small groups with at least one grade 11 in each group. This is to help them feel less nervous than talking in the big group discussion.
- Having your name tags with you is better. This is to make children remember your name and get to know you.
- Giving them opportunities to talk and say their opinions on things. Children might want to say their thoughts but are scared to talk by themselves. Therefore, you probably don’t want to be the only one who speaks but should let them talk as well.
- Remember that the point is to give children the best experience out of this service. You can find something that suits their ages and make them have fun as much as possible so they will be looking forward to coming again.
- Find activities that are suitable and useful for them based on the curriculum and what they do at school. You can focus on the environment or anything you find useful. However, you will not want to do something that is too difficult and complicated but simple and fun.
- “Activities always come with games” Kids LOVE playing games. It can be any game you think they will want to play it again if they pay attention to what you teach them. It can be musical chairs, tagging, etc.
- Children might fight with each other for what they want so you have to raise the awareness of working as a group and be kind. Everything depends on the activities you will make them do. Activities shouldn’t be too competitive but to support them play as a team and help each other.
- Be clear about what you want them to follow and do because you are all the only people they listen to here so show your leadership and be kind at the same time.
GOOD LUCK !!
When we were investigating the organisation and how we would best support them we had multiple preliminary sessions in which we were able to develop our understanding. We were exploring first of all what age group we would be interacting with and trying to determine what would be an appropriate level for the children. During one such session, we were able to actually go to the 4 PM center and see where the kids were learning and even ask some questions to the principal. We were able to gather key information on what areas we should focus on for our activities in order to align it with the children’s learning at the center.
As well as learning about and understanding our service partner better by meeting with them, within the first lesson we also did some planning about our own strengths. In that session we wrote down what some of our potential strengths could be that could help contribute towards this service such as previous experience in theatre or working with children in that age range. By doing this, we were able to transfer some of the skills that we already had, into planning the activities for the children. This resulted in us making the sessions more interactive and engaging for them. Being UWC students we are exposed to this more interactive style of learning which maybe they do not receive often. We wanted to transfer some of our learning ways to them, this caused us to make activities not simply around playing games but around the arts, getting them to draw and act out things.
Here is the link : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bl6YWlamX1DwVLwM0O72zMz7uhnDohn1vGhjmtkYz8U/edit?usp=sharing
Template Of Planning:
Section it out into minutes with a range of activities.
Write out the plan on the white board each week to ensure it is followed.
Be sure to book materials in advance so they are ready for the activity.
4. 3 groups act out a scenario where it is extremely, hot cold or rainy. The group needs to keep it a secret, and the other groups need to guess which is the correct weather.
If time in the end here are some possible weather games:
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