As a result Mel and I decided that it would be a wonderful opportunity to examine the concept of timetables. For many children they had heard the term but had really no understanding of what it involved. We examined our school timetable and after some discussions we allowed the children to work in partners and create there own timetables....
It really was really amazing to listen to their ideas and thoughts ......
- 2 lessons of cooking a week at the beginning of the day as so many of them didn't eat breakfast before school so if they had cooking first thing they could cook their own nutritional breakfast!
- have gardening at the end of the day so that they could grow the vegetables that they wanted to eat and take them home for their mums to cook them instead of eating the horrible vegetables their mums chose for them to eat!
- crafts so that if they needed to make money they could!
- horse riding/ chess / games
Mel and I then decided to explore other timetables like tide, sun and moon and lastly bus timetables on the internet. We showed them ways to research the different tables and they loved it!
It was at this point that we came up with the idea of the children using the internet to create their own 'outing' using the Mynah Bus timetable. This proved really difficult for some but a great learning experience was had.
|showing us the time they thought we should catch the bus|
|some more excited ideas|
|these were the only ones who got it right ...8.55 was a feasible time|
|and these as well!|
So Friday dawned and there was a bubbling anticipation as we set off by Eden bus - the first part of our journey. We worked out that it was too far to walk to Musgrave Centre where the bus would leave from. Our kind Eden bus drivers, Themba and Michael, dropped us off.
|waiting for the bus|
After what seemed like ages for some the bus arrived .... BUT it was full! Such a learning experience as so many were getting very impatient. However, as luck would have it, many people got off so we could all get on.....
and off we went.....
|such a lovely patient bus driver|
|paying R5 for their tickets|
|so proud of their purchase|
|smiles all round|
After a brief picnic stop, which ended abruptly when the monkeys arrived to scavenge food, we went and explored the pond. The children could've stayed all day trying to catch tadpoles.
|blake hiding his food from the monkeys!|
|throwing coins and making a wish|
|so small .......|
Another enjoyable learning experience for our special class of 2014