The schools are still closed here so the primary school teachers send out worksheets a couple times a week. The kids complete and we send back. They actually look forward to these worksheets…a break in the monotony of being homeschooled every afternoon by our staff, perhaps? It’s a far cry from going to the public school every day and getting a ‘formal education’, but then again, the individualized attention they are getting here may just push them ahead of their classmates when school starts again -whenever that may be.
When a staff member is sick, the kids get a free afternoon and treat it like any child would when school is closed -running and playing! On this day, however, they children wanted to walk around the property like we used to. The infamous ‘walk around’ -walking around the vast sidewalk which snakes around the property line fence- was a way to use up about 45 minutes each morning while waiting for our daytime caregiver to arrive. With the absence of lots of little ones, the ‘walk around’ slowly subsided and has now become a random occurrence which when suggested, is always met with “YEA WOK AWOUND, WOK AWOUND” as if we are venturing into the unknown.
I grabbed my camera for this occasion and snapped photos as we walked around the property and made the 30 to 45 minute walk turn into more than 2 hours as we stopped along the way and enjoyed the following:
- Played at the playground -having a friendly little competition on the climbing bars.
- Fed the cows and used their hay mound as a slide.
- Pretended to be ‘in jail’ at the front gate.
- Had a group photo shoot.
- Swung on the branches of a tree.
- Walked through the mango tree forest and collected some fruit.
- Toured the garden examining the produce.
- Finally took a brief snooze before heading off again!
Hope you enjoyed viewing a brief moment in a day of our life.