I’ll tell you a week at my school. But first you need to know some little things about my school. It is a large school that accommodates small children up to the age of 25. These children have a handicap, it can be physical or mental. And in thid school there are a lot of people with lots of love !
First of all on Monday morning, I arrive, all the children present in the room serves me hand by telling me “Czesc”, also the father of one of the pupils, it became a habit. Then we go to the gym, I will change and I know that when I come back the twin will wait for me with their hairbrush. Every Monday morning I comb the twin hair, then we start the sport, most of the time the students ask to do basketball, they know I love it ! The teams made, we start to play, everyone has fun and we share good times, there are also the students who do not play and who encourage us. After I go to art class, I love this class, because when I go there I don’t know what I will discover, and every time, it is magical for me ! I discover full of art methods, currently I discovered the method lunocout, it consists of sculpting on a board of flexible wood a drawing, then to lay the color with the help of a large roller, then I position a white sheet on the board of wood that is on a large machine that a flattener. There you go ! The drawing is print, we can change the colors and also we can print on bags, t-shirts…
In this class there are 2 young girls, one shows me a lot of affection by touching my hand, talking to me or hugging me. Then there is another girl, who she doesn’t speak to much, she is always with makeup, with nail polish and beautiful clothes. So, I arrive in the class, I say hello, and I sit next to this girl, when she sees that I is not varnish to my nails, she takes my hand, and chose me a color for my nails without saying anything. It’s cute !
On Tuesday, I start with cooking, with our main class. Once in three, it’s my turn to cook with the students. This is a class that I love ! In this class, we share a lot of things together, we laugh a lot and share our stories.
After we have ceramics, always with the same class, in this lesson I learned a lot about myself and my creativity, I discovered to me a talent ! During this lesson I can see that the pupils behave differently, they argue and seek all the time to go to the conflict. I find it interesting to see the behavior of the class change as much if the teachers are different.
On Wednesdays, I start with a different class, a little younger, in this class I take care of a young girl, I try to find different methods to calm her and to listen and do the work that the teacher asks. A great responsibility for me. Step by step I create links with students, for example, one of them starts to speak English and wants to talk with me.
Then we have gardening with Klaudia. I think I love and don’t like this activity at the same time. I like it because we take care of the Park (and I love this park), the flowers… And also that we spend a lot of time with Klaudia to discuss and I don’t like because it is outside, it is cold and even sometimes it rains.
On Thursday I join my favorite class in art, we draw, create things in ceramics, listen and share music. After we go with low ability children, this class is composed of 3 young children from 7-8 years old, they are blind. We start by giving the food then after with music or in the relaxation room, there full of lights, a large bed of water, everything to relax. This room is called snoezelen. The snoezelen is a controlled multisensory stimulation, a practice aimed at awakening the sensoriality of the stimulated person, in a reassuring atmosphere
After that I will help a teacher with horses, my favorite activity ! I love horses and kids !! Often we walk with the horses in the school, the child is on the horse and I hold the horse and secure the child. During this lesson, children learn a lot, such as self-confidence, confidence in others, motor skills. Sometimes we sing it creates a good atmosphere. I noticed that the kids were more relaxed with the horses, and I’m agree with them !
And finally on Friday, I’m in the library with 2 autistic boys, we create all the time new things. Christmas trees, Easter hens…
Then again with the horses ! But let’s not just walk. We brush the horses and ponies, we give them food, apple, carrots. And we’re cleaning their houses. I find this lesson more interesting than the others, because, I love horses and because we don’t just ride on horseback, we learn all that is around the horse, clean their houses, what food to give them, to put the equipment of horses, clean the feet of horses… Finally we have a lesson with a theatre teacher. Often it makes us do role plays like theatre with puppets, which allows to release the expression of children’s emotions.
For me this school is magical ! Students learn many different ways that are non-formal. Like taking care of the sale of coffee in the Park, they learn to count while passing good times.
Here children don’t just ordinary lessons, they learn life under different methods that are educational and playful always in good humor. And for nothing. And for nothing in the world I’ll change school !