At the end of the very last seminar each district from the city stood up and, as a group, presented back to me (and everyone else) the things that they had taken away from our seminars and implemented in their kindergartens. Wow! I heard and saw that the practical elements of the seminars had been taken back and the training replicated for their teachers, for their assistant teachers, and even in some case for parents! I saw examples of teachers stepping back and observing the children's interests and then moving together with the children in those interests! I saw a mini plant project started where the children planted seeds, watched them grow and then- with the help of some parents- planted them in the playground! I saw them taking on practical ideas such as setting up invitations for play and exploration, presenting materials for children's independent use and attractively displayed. I saw children learning about interesting things such as the life cycle of a butterfly! I saw thoughtful representations of things that we had discussed and explored over the past 6 months.
|Presenting back to kindergarten staff|
|Sharing ideas and "training" with parents|
|Following children's interests: birthday party play|
At the end of it all we celebrated with champagne and chocolates (the Mongolians do love to through a good party!) and I was presented with a beautiful thank you speech and gift. I felt so blessed, and proud of these directors who had been willing to come and listen to and really engage with me in these things. And not only that, but to be willing to take it back to their kindergartens, their staff, their children, their families and begin implementing some of these things. Small steps.... but small steps still take us forward, right?
Bolormaa made a toast towards the end of our time together- saying that as far as she was concerned this was not the end, it was only the beginning... I'll toast to that! J
|Celebrating in style!|
|Presented with a beautiful gift|