...making a difference one child at a time
ASU Provides In Classroom Observation Opportunities for our Teachers
A huge thank you to the staff and students at the American School of Ulaanbaatar who have graciously offered our teachers an opportunity to come and observe modern teaching methods and methodology in action in their classroom. As part of the professional development of these teachers and assistant teachers, many of whom previously subsisted by scavenging at the garbage dump and almost all of whom, if they went to kindergarten themselves, went to a strict and rigid Russian style programme, this opportunity is invaluable. They are all thrilled with the chance and it is wonderful to see the colourful, gentle and creative impact this is having on their teaching style in the class room. Take a look.
Cooperative, creative building going on in the 4 year old classroom! I love the intensity - oh yes, and the fine motor skills!
Wagner Asia Donates a T.V.
Canadian Ambassador to Mongoia, His Excellency Mr. Ed Jager's Visit to the Peak February 2016
It was with great delight that we hosted the Ambassador at Embassy of Canada to Mongolia, his lovely wife Cathy, and members of the Canadian Embassy staff at the Peak in February. We were lucky enough to be awarded a Canada Fund grant a few years ago that paid for a lot of our playground equipment and bought a lot of our books and that, along with a generous donation last year of a sound system for our Music and Movement room has meant that the Government of Canada has been an integral partner in allowing us to be able to provide an excellent standard of education for these children. Being a Canadian Foundation, it is a great honour to be able to host the Ambassador at our site and get the chance to show him and the staff from the Embassy along with his wife Cathy, exactly what we are all about.
Here Comes the Year of the Fire Monkey - Tsagaan Sar (Lunar New Year) at the Peak
Tsagaan Sar, or the celebration of the White Moon (Lunar New Year) is one of the biggest family festivals in Mongolia and every year we spend time before Tsagaan Sar teaching the children the history, traditions, games and songs of Tsagaan Sar. It's hard to describe how wonderful it is seeing one 5 year old ask another what month they were born so they can see who is older and then the younger can greet the elder one appropriately. It's so endearing to hear the songs of ages in the enthusiastic voices of the children and watch them struggle to see if their ankle bone (yes, sheep's ankle bone - the traditional game piece in nomadic society) landed as a horse, camel, sheep or a goat. The children spend the week before Tsagaan Sar coming to class in their traditional Deels (Mongolian long coat pronounced "Dell") and those that don't have any are provided a deel to wear by the Kindergarten. For that one week the Kindergarten becomes a glittering mosaic of smiling silk bedecked cherubs skipping along, enjoying traditional food, visits from friends and supporters, donations of food, clothes and toys. It's a magical week at the Sanctuary that can't really be captured on film...but I tried. Here's what it looked like!