Nothing to worry, Mike. It is going to be my common practice to leave empty url addresses for future use. Convenient..... When you see such bunch of empty pictures, just wait.
Children are great, but grandchildren are ever better. Some day you will all see.
How many do you have?
While the dough is mellowing, kids take turns to CHURN butter. The day was very hot, and doing it was a great sacrifice. See that all kids except for one Vietnamese girl are pure Caucasians. Polish society is very homogenous.
After painstaking churning, kids taste their product on country bread.
These photos are great! I like to see kids learning in a "hands on" setting and enjoying the simple pleasure of playing outside.
Yes, exactly. The facilities in the playground are... sort of... hmmm... basic. Kids have better at their kindergarten. Yet, they are visibly having fun on this tractor tyre. New places, new faces......
There seem to be many teachers for this kindergarten class. That is a very good thing. Is that typical for a Polish kindergarten?
Not quite. The number of teachers is higher than normal because it is a trip and Polish law requires 1 teacher for 11 students.
In the school district for my area, the 2008-2009 kindergarten classrooms will each have 29 children - with only one teacher! I think that is way too high.
In a kindergarten near us the highest number of children is about 27 with two teachers looking after them. The legal limit is 25 but they extend it because there are so many waiting.....
I would be interested in learning about the student:teacher ratio for other areas.
In schools it differs. Primary schools, due to demographic fall, can have as little as 15 students in a class. In junior high schools about 20, 25. High schools are the worst, they can have even 40 students in one class, they are the last generation of the baby boom of late 80s and early 90s.
I learned yesterday that next year our fifth grade students will have class sizes around 40 - again with only one teacher!
It is a frustrating situation, because the community has the money to offer teachers better salaries and to hire more teachers to decrease the student-teacher ratio, but the school board has a lot of control and the money never seems to actually get to the teachers. I have a lot of admiration for teachers. They have vital, challenging jobs and receive very little pay for all that they do.
That`s because I watched 4 tank crew and a dog too much as a boy. Look, even in hospital boys play with butter churning devices...
Sorry, I have no idea what 4 tank crew and a dog is...but I am wondering how this conversation went from innocent kindergarten children to guns!
But to get back to the photos...are all the adults teachers, or are some of them parents who go along on the trip to chaperone? Whenever our classes go on a fieldtrip, parents go along too to help supervise the children.
And...the most important question...did you take these photos?
But to get back to the photos...are all the adults teachers, or are some of them parents who go along on the trip to chaperone? Whenever our classes go on a fieldtrip, parents go along too to help supervise the children. And...the most important question...did you take these photos?
Sometimes parents are employed, yes, but in this case they weren`t. Kindergarten staff was enough. Some of these ladies are not teachers but work as extra helpers, e.g., serving meals.
No, I didn`t. When kindergarten kids have their fun, I usually take photos somewhere else. But I received them from the taker. Why?
(of course then I start 6 weeks of tutoring, but, oh well, it is a change of pace)
No holidays? Poor girl. I really pity you. I can`t wait to go to visit new places in Poland where I haven`t been yet...
It's not as bad as it sounds. School is out for 10 weeks in the summer, so I usually have a week before tutoring starts, and then three weeks afterwards, so I do get some holiday time! Plus my workdays are a lot shorter in the summer, usually mornings only. My youngest daughter will graduate from college in 3 years, so then I will give up my summer work (hopefully).