Saturday, 19 March 2011

Calheta de São Miguel, Cape Verde - The morning of the fourth day (The 8th of March 2011)

Calheta de São Miguel, Cape Verde

Tuesday, 8th of March 2011

Because today is Carnival I shall only be working for 7 hours (5 in the morning and 2 in the evening). Some of the children, particularly those who reside in the neighbouring village called Veneza, won't be around, once the school Carnival parade has been programmed for today.

The "Arts and Crafts" group 2

I was surprised to realise that most girls have come, so many of them have managed to finish their first "Art works". One or two of them may not necessarily have shown to have artistic or fine motricity skills, yet I loved the way they proudly showed  what they had achieved, irrespective of the "Art projects" not looking that well coloured.
Part of this may have to do with their own personal characteristics, school habits which encourage them to finish things quickly and even the fact that many of them are touching these artistic materials for the first time. One shouldn't forget that colouring pencils were not considered "necessary", nor included in school activities in Cape Verde.

Erica (Left) and Joceline (Right) with their finished velvet paintings.

Eunice (Left) and Artemisa (Right) with their finished velvet paintings.

Eunice de Jesus (Left) and Mena (Right) with their finished velvet paintings.
Filomena (Left) and Maria de Jesus (Right) wih their dot numbered and coloured pencil drawings.

Because the puzzle and some of the Artistic projects this year are  worldwide fairy tale and children of the world related, some of the girls have already started colouring paper dolls from Africa, India and Japan. They seem to have really enjoyed this activity, as apart from colouring they were also entitled to select some decorating stickers to embelish the original designed dolls.

Rivia (Left) wih her coloured Indian doll. Simone (Right) with her coloured Japanese doll.
Josefine with her coloured African doll.

The "Goldilocks and the three bears" story was once again much appreciated by the children who followed every move happening "on stage".

Listening to the story enthusiastically (Left).
Touching the scenario and its characters (Right).

I really enjoyed these two hours ... and so did they (I am sure ...).

(To be continued)

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