Royal Nursery & Day Care Center
The school features three class levels-Baby, Middle and Top. A subject schedule may be found on the wall of each classroom detailing what time each subject is taught (on a rotating basis) and which teacher will be teaching. The teachers tend to alternate between classes often, but each one has a single class that they spend the most time working with.
A typical schedule for the school is:
- 8:30-10:30-Class (Volunteers typically arrive around 9:00am and are welcome to either work with the same class all day or switch after each class period, and have the option to either teach a subject or aid the teachers)
- 10:30-11:20 – Break for snack and play time (Volunteers are provided with breakfast after the children have been served. After eating, volunteers have free time to play with the kids)
- 11:30-Class resumes
- 1:00-Lunch time
- 1:30-3:30-Naptime (Volunteers help the teachers check home work and prepare the next day’s lessons in the children’s work books)
- 4:00/4:30-children awake, freshen up, eat a snack and wait for parents to arrive. (Volunteers may choose to stay until the children are picked up, but generally leave for the day after finishing preparing work for the following day. This may take about 90 minutes to an hour, depending on how many volunteers are helping.)
For those who are more interested in childcare than teaching, this class will most likely be the best fit. The children in the class range between 2 and 4 years of age and have a wide range of English speaking capability (from knowing just a few words of fluency). The children are quiet energetic and can be rowdy, but always love new volunteers. The lessons in this class are very simple, teaching things like letters and letter sounds, numbers, songs, parts of the body, fruits and vegetables, painting, and coloring, children in this class are very young and prone to eating things like Crayons, paint so it is important to keep an eye on them.
For those who are more interested in actually getting to teach, these two classes might be a better option because the children typically speak English fairly well and are able to understand an English accent that is different from the one they are used to. These children love the opportunity to be creative. They will be thrilled if you bring them coloring pages (copies can be made very cheaply at local print shops) to color or paint.
A fun activity to do with top class is to ask them to draw you a picture of anything they want and then have them label it using words they know. After wards, as a treat, they get to color it. For example, if they draw a house, they can label it using words like window, door, and floor. It’s a really good way to teach them new words and also help with their spelling ability. It is always fun to see how the children all choose something different to draw.
English words that have a different meaning in Uganda
“Extend”-Move over/get out of the way
“Rubber”- Pencil eraser
“Duster- Chalk board eraser
“Its okay”-Yes (elsewhere its ok might mean, don’t worry about it or you don’t have to do that, but it is a definite “Yes in Uganda)
“And me”-Me too (the children will say this often
“Even you”-You too/you specifically (the teachers will say this often when speaking to or about a child individually)
What is needed at the placement?
- We need playing toys
- We need reading, counting and writing books
- We need scholastic materials