Okay, so I have to start with an apology. I’m sorry that I did not keep my word and post on Sunday. I am sure you were all eagerly awaiting my post LOL.
Basically, the structure of this post follows the same type of format as my last one. I will give you a recollection of the past 10 days.
Let’s get right to it then!
This week started with a bang. We were given pictures and told to make a drama performance using the picture as inspiration. Our target audience would be children aged 1-6. Our group chose Vincent Van Gogh’s piece called “Bedroom in Arles”. Our vision was to have someone play a little boy in the room, about to go to bed and falls asleep to his mom reading him a story. The “dream” or story we chose was a popular Norwegian fairytale. We chose “The three billy goats gruff”. Guess who had the role of being the big, bad, ugly troll? Me! Hehe. I love it! (Pictures to follow)
This was an Arts & Crafts day. The skills we were to learn here had to aid us in making our set props for the drama performance. The theme was “Eco-Art”. As I may have mentioned before, Norwegian people are extremely fond of Nature and try to incorporate this into their daily lives. That’s great and I love it because I am also a nature lover….But… it was -8 degrees and we had to build props outside using bamboos and elastic bands. Yeah, you stopped reading at -8 degrees right? My brain stopped functioning properly at -8 degrees! Hahaha. Guys, the weather is savage here. My fingers were freezing numb trying to fasten the rubber bands and bamboo together. Overall, the International class of 2017, managed to make a tall structure out of smaller built tetrahedrons.
Snuck in a sneaky selfie there. Hehe.
Music Day! We got to learn a bit on how to integrate music into the children’s lives at kindergarten level. We sang, we used instruments and we also had a chance to create musical pieces whilst using a scarf as a prop. We needed to use the scarf as anything we imagined it to be. I really would have loved to upload the videos of us making music, however, I’m having some trouble doing that here.
The college has fully functional recording studios as well as instruments of all types and sizes.
OH! Also, I did some cleaning on Wednesday. Yay Mom & Dad, now I can clean a bathroom & toilet! Aren’t you proud? hahaha. I still look like a queen though!
Okay, so we had our story, we learnt how to build props using nature and we learnt some music to add flare to the performance. All that was left to do was to rehearse. We worked on our costumes and set outdoors to do run-throughs of the play before our actual presentation on Friday. Also, on Thursday, I went to IKEA. South Africa, why you no have IKEA??? Lol. Somebody needs to bring an IKEA to South Africa like ASAP. Ergh, we need it!
More like FriYAY! Performance day. Woohoo. As an ex-drama student in High school and University, I love getting the chance to perform again. Although life is my stage and I’m the protagonist of my life’s play, I still enjoy getting into character and just performing. You know? First look at pics of my cute beanie! Then the transformation into my Troll character, the music players, the troll with the 3 billy goats and the whole class at the end of our performance.
This was my day to relax and unwind from the week that passed. I had been outside mostly all week and it was COLD. So, I slept in and later in the day I went into town with my roommate and her friend. We did a little shopping then came home and made tortilla wraps for dinner.
Sunday is laundry day. So that’s what I did. I did my laundry. And in the evening I hosted a dinner party. I invited my two Norwegian friends: Ingrid and Isabel, and Melody joined us too. And my roommates Julia & Debora were present as well. Even Debora’s mom was there, all the way from Italy. I wanted them all to try my newly acquired cooking skills and taste some South African curry. I made chicken curry, Julia and Debora’s mom helped me too. Then I set the table and waited for my guests to arrive. I bought candles as a center piece for the table, just to add a nice touch. OH-MY-WORD! My guests waited til all the way after dinner to tell me that the candles I purchased (The main centre of attraction on the table) were candles for a graveyard!!! Apparently, the candles are specific ones that people bought and placed at graveyards to pay their respects to lost loved ones. I completely missed that memo. I’ve actually never been to a grave-yard to be honest. As a practicing Hindu, we believe in cremating the body of the deceased. So it really wasn’t my fault that the ambiance I created for the dinner party was a morbid one.
You will see pics of my bathroom and just know that all the roommates decided to do their laundry on the same day. All our clothes were hanging on rails in the bathroom, it was actually quite hilarious at the time.
The grave-yard candle center piece debacle will haunt me forever!
We made ice cream out of yogurt in class! So cool! I also found friends who love Harry Potter equally as much as I do (Alana & Tessa, I’m talking about you!). Melody and Anke, we heard you talking smack about Harry Potter, not cool guys, not cool. Hahahahaha. Connecting with people, finding common interests or just communicating with people from all over the world who share the same passion for education and teaching is really an amazing feeling.
Basically..I spent all of Tuesday drinking tea in lectures and waiting to go home because I was tired. But I still looked cute though. See!
I’m really digging the pink flower orb vibe, can you tell?
Today I went to my Barnehage (kindergarten) to do practical training. I love being there. My mentor is such a good leader and role model. The more time I spend here, the less I want to go home (Back to S.A). This place is amazing. Here are some pictures of the outdoor and indoor areas at my school. The dressing room is where the children put on their outdoor clothes, this usually means woolen tights and tops and thick padded onesies, cute little beanies and cute boots. They are so independent and do their dressing up and down themselves. They lay the table for their lunch time and use glass crockery and real knives. They all know how to share, they all have manners and they all are treated with equal respect. The rights of the child are very important in the Framework plan (the educational system kindergartens adhere to in Norway). Children are taught using these 7 learning areas:
- Art, Culture & Creativity
- Communication, Language & Text
- Body, Movement & Health
- Nature, Environment & Technology
- Ethics, Religion & Philosophy
- Local Community & Society
- Number, Space & Shape
The kindergarten works in close collaboration and understanding with the home and safeguards the childrens need for care and play. It promotes learning and formation as a basis for an all-round development. The kindergartens are based on fundamental values in the humanist heritage and tradition. Values such as respect for human dignity and nature, intellectual freedom, charity and forgiveness, equality and solidarity are taught. There are wide open spaces for the children to explore and build their motor skills as well as places to go to peak their curiosity. The atmosphere and environment revolving around this setting is truly magnificent.
My mentor is male. He bakes bread. He does toilet routines. He tends to children who are sick or have gotten hurt. There is equality in the workplace and the children have good role models from both genders. Both male and female are shown as a nurturing and caregiving role model. This is so refreshing to see and the children really thrive on this.
The biggest thing I’ve learnt so far is the equality and solidarity amongst the Norwegian people and it’s such a wonderful thing to witness. It really is.
Believe it or not, I actually felt quite warm in today’s weather. I’m starting to become more Norwegian as the days go by and I’m loving it.
As always, thank you for reading. Thank you for your support and well wishes. Thank you. ❤️
I wish you peace, happiness and light.