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2016 May-Sept • Feliz Zschoche volunteers at Peace Place

May 6, 2016

Peace Place is happy to welcome our new volunteer from Germany! Felicitous Zschoche (Feliz) will stay with Nanik and Petrus at Peace Place in Pati, Indonesia for the next 6 months. She will help us to share AVP in Pati, Indonesia and to reach different age groups. Feliz is also excited to help at Joglo Preschool with creative ideas for Developmental Play and Nonviolence. She will also be able to help us begin to set up a playground and gardens on the new land once it has been purchased!

If you want to learn more about Feliz, you are welcome to read her friendship letter.

Feliz sends news from Joglo Preschool at Peace Place:

Teaching English vocabulary is a lot of fun!  :-)

Felicitas Zschoche continues to volunteer at the Peace Place Training Center that house Joglo Preschool, after-school and parenting programs.

Our new volunteer at Joglo preschool taught the kids the English names of animals, vegetables and fruits.

They practiced the new vocabulary with the game ”Di mana … ‘CAT’?” (Where is the cat?). What a lot of FUN!

 

Parents with Joglo Preschool kids at Peace Place sharing self-cooked, April 21, 2016.

Peace Place celebrated Kartini day – Equality of Genders

The date 21 of April was declared as Kartini Day to remind women that they should participate in “the hegemonic state discourse of pembangunan (development)”. Lady Kartini was a prominent Indonesian national heroine from Java. She was also a pioneer in the area of education for girls and women’s rights for Indonesians.

Our Peace Place kids were wearing different costumes to depict the diversity of cultures and professions within Indonesia. The parents prepared delicious food for our children. YUMMY! smile emoticon

Students wearing different costumes at Kartini day, April 21, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU! Our educational games prepare our Joglo preschoolers to learn numbers and letters easily. 

We are so thankful for all of our very beneficial learning tools!!!

Playful Asha gets to know the alphabet at Peace Place, May 11, 2016.

These games help our kids learn many of the skills needed throughout their early childhood education. Learning games are particularly useful for younger kids and can help build confidence while enhancing the skills needed for success in school. Our educational games for preschool students teach kids important skills and concepts needed by a preschooler. The kids’ games provided at Joglo Preschool allow our 24 children to have fun while they learn. Fun educational games encourage our Joglo Preschoolers to keep learning.

 

Mila is practicing her motorical skills at Peace Place, May 12, 2016.

Joglo Preschool kids are learning the numbers at Peace Place, May 5, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amusement is key to discover the genius in each of our kids.

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” - Plato

Mila & Asha having fun at Peace Place, April 27, 2016.

Asha at Peace Place, playing with clothes-pegs, April 27, 2016.

 

Syifa at Peace Place, playing with our wooden toys, April 11, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” -Clay P. Bedford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 31, 2016

To demonstrate how much is made out of plastic nowadays the students collected plastic things around Peace Place. 30 May 2016, by Felicitas Zschoche.

Introduction to plastic pollution at Joglo Preschool

It is not a secret that waste management is a big problem in Indonesia.
On the way to school, mountains of garbage bags lay beside the street. People often just throw their garbage from their motorbike into nature. It is not rare that toxic smoke from regularly burned plastic garbage surrounds us at school. The toxic substances in plastic are leaking into our environment making fish, birds and us sick.

We need to educate the children, our future generation. They also hopefully will bring the information home to build eco-literacy among their parents and friends.
With easy illustrations and effective short films, we teach them how plastic harms our environment and what we can do and what we shouldn’t.

View a short video about plastic in our environment here.

 

 

Joglo kids go green!

Last Saturday was a special day for our little ones. We did a field trip to Babalan with them and introduced them to the farmer’s life and problems. We visited an owl breeding farm helping to fight the local mice plague. While some of the kids were super excited to touch the owl, others were more suspicious. ;-) Afterwards we let them plant their own tomato and chilli plants at a local nursery. The kids have been amazed by their own little plant!

Ahsa with her mom watching the owl, Babalan. 28May2016, photo by Fellcitas Zschoche

 

 

 

Farmer explaining our kids about the life and purpose of the owls in Babalan. 28May2016, photo by Fellcitas Zschoche

Anggito loving his chilli plant, Babalan. 28May2016, photo by Fellcitas Zschoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2016

Over the course of a few days the students experienced several theory to action sessions finding ways to clean up their environment and to produce less waste:

 

Today we reused our plastic bottles

During the first part of our theory to action session the students learned how to recycle old plastic bottles into self-watering plant pots.

This link provides you with fantastic plastic reuse ideas! :)  http://outsidethevault.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/70-things-you-can-do-with-plastic.html

The kids learned that you can think twice before you trash plastic and enjoyed our little gardening session, reusing old plastic bottles.

Bu Laras with Joglo Preschool children filling the self made plastic pots with earth in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Ais filling plastic pot with earth in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

 

Bu Ninok with Joglo Preschoolers planting chilli in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Ais during the planting session of Joglo Preschool in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Aisha with her plastic plant pot in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Kiska with her plastic plant pot in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Nendra proudly presenting his chilli plant in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Zufa with his plastic plant pot in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Adi with his plastic plant pot in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Ilham with the self planted chilli in front of Peace Place Pati, June 1, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Clean Up

The second part of our theory to action session is called “Street Clean Up”. It seemed the children understood very well how harmful the plastic in our environment is. Every child got a little plastic bag to collect the rubbish we could find on the streets. The children have been absolutely passionate about it – it was more successful than we could have imagined. Additionally, while collecting rubbish, we raised awareness in the neighbourhood about the waste problem. Enjoy the picture and see passionate kids who wanted to collect every single plastic item they could find. :) This day filled my heart with happiness. <3

Ais collecting plastic rubbish with Joglo Preschool in Pati, June 2, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

 

Bara with collected rubbish and Joglo Preschool kids in Pati, June 2, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Uva and Bara collecting plastic rubbish with Joglo Preschool in Pati, June 2, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Joglo Preschool kids collecting plastic rubbish with Bu Laras and Bu Erni in Pati, June 2, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joglo Preschool children proudly presenting the collected plastic rubbush in front of Peace Place Pati with Bu Laras, Bu Ninok, Bu Erni und Bi Nanik, June 2, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton instead of plastic bags

Results of the painting cotton bags session to replace plastic shopping bags, Peace Place Pati, June 16, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Theory to action, part 3: Using cotton bags to replace plastic shopping bags. Instead of one-time usage of plastic bags, carrying shopping items home, a reusable cotton bag should be used instead every time. Today, the children creatively coloured the cotton bags for their parents to use for the next grocery shopping at the market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was a special day for Nanik and me.

I taught our kids from the English afternoon class what resource is used to make plastic, the production cycle from oil to all the plastic things around us (fan, glasses, chair, cutlery, etc.) and most importantly where the plastic ends up. I was really passionate about telling them the difference between the biological degradation of an apple and that the plastic bottle will be still on earth after we all died and that the non-degradable micro plastic kills our fish and other animals in the ocean! After watching a little 4 minute educational video I asked them to paint what they learned, found sad, or most interesting. Some of the results you can see on the picture taken at Peace Place.

It feels so good to educate the future generation about their environmental and to seed environmental awareness, especially in a country where environmental pollution can be found every day next to the streets, on the beach or in the jungle.

I am looking forward to teaching them next time about the three R’s – reduce, recycle and reuse - and what concrete behavioural changes and solutions there are. :)

Felicitas Zschoche and Ija at Peace Place showing the explained production cycle of plastic and the difference between organic and non-organic degradation, May 25, 2016, picture taken by Nanik.

Painting results of what the children remembered of what they learned about plastic and the negative impact on our environment at Peace Place, May 25, 2016, picture taken by Nanik.

Felicitas Zschoche and Ija at Peace Place showing the pictures of what the children learned about plastic making process, negative impacts and pollution, May 25, 2016, picture taken by Nanik.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 18, 2016

Why is early music education important and beneficial?

At the weekend we bought the traditional Indonesian music instrument Angklug at a bamboo market. On Monday every child got one piece of it, representing a certain note. According to the melody we were playing every child had to pay attention to take his turn and when to be silent because others are playing. Of course, it was most fun when all could play loudly together in the end. :)

Early musical education offers a lot of benefits such as social skills, cognitive benefits, and physical benefits. Socially, children learn how to take turns and play with others while still playing individually. Allowing children to play with others, for example their moms as we do it at Joglo Preschool also gives them a boost of self-esteem. Different songs show children the different words used for emotions and body awareness, as well as extending their vocabulary in general. Cognitive benefits also include learning how to count, recognizing sequencing and patterns, phonemic awareness, memorizing different songs and their pace and tone. Physically, children’s gross motoric skills grow by learning how to move their body to music and fine motoric skills by learning how to hold and play an instrument.

Nanik showing the notes of a song she is teaching Joglo Preschool kids and their mothers at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Nanik showing a Joglo kid how to use the traditional music instrument Angklung at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Zufa, Dea and Moses playing together Angklung, either playing or waiting for their turn at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Nanik teaching the Joglo kids and their mothers a song using the traditional music instrument Angklung at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Nanik teaching the Joglo kids and their mothers a song using the traditional music instrument Angklung at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Nanik showing the Joglo kids and their mothers how to use the traditional music instrument Angklung at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Gendis neighbour, Nendra and Kiska with her mom playing Angklung at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche.

Zufa with one note of the Angklung instrument ready to play when it’s his turn at Peace Place Pati, June 15, 2016, picture taken by Felicitas Zschoche

Read Feliz’s final report of her time at Peace Place by clicking this link.