What do you think of when you imagine a preschool classroom…Are there a variety of toys in the room? What sorts of toys? What would be hanging from or decorating the walls of the room? Do you see books around the room? Can you imagine a classroom that has none of these things at all?
These are pictures of the preschool “classrooms” that currently exist in the refugee camps in Chad. The barebones program has not much more than a mat for the children to sit on and one large chalkboard standing on an easel on one side of the structure. As Little Ripples is getting ready to open its doors later this year, the team has talked extensively about was the materials and resources we would need to make each Little Ripples classroom a magical space.
In choosing the items for the Ripple Box, the ETAs thought about what would be the most effective and meaningful learning and play materials for the pilot year of Little Ripples. For example, one of the main objectives of Little Ripples and something that is emphasized over and over again by the refugees themselves is the importance of children familiarizing themselves with the Arabic alphabet and language before they enter primary school (as many families speak a different native tongue language at home – and this may be the only language the children know). We’ve found some great learning materials that also incorporate play and games to encourage learning the Arabic alphabet.
Here, you can sponsor a Ripple Box and provide a wealth of resources and materials for a Little Ripples classroom for just $400.
For more information, contact Jennifer Tang. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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