Rosa Maria Radogna (Italia) articol despre Experienta SEV in ACTOR

“They really exist for real?”

 One of the most interesting activity that we do in A.C.T.O.R – at least for me – is the  program “Aici Acolo” about cultural diversity. Each volunteers has to present his own culture in a series of three “lessons” for children. So this means that our activities are mostly games, stories through which we try to teach them something about our cultures and our languages.

I was so impatient to start our activities in schools and kindergartens. All the summer – even if I enjoyed the activities that we did – I was thinking how would have been work with so many children, teach them something about my country and how.

My head was full of ideas but at the same time there was a bit of confusion. So it was very helpful meet teacher Getuta. She is a small lady with a sweet look and a beautiful smile, but above all she is an excellent pedagogue. I thought “children should love her”.

In one day she gave us few theoretical notions and a lot of tricks to work with children of different groups in kindergartens.

So we were ready to build our “lessons”. In the first one I decided to speak about me, my family and a legend in my town about an elf with a red hat that likes to do pranks to adult people and love to play with children. But the most important thing is that if you manage to steal him the hat he can show you places where treasures are hidden.

The reaction of children is surprising! I have never imagined that children would have been so fascinated by this story. Every time I can hear a lot “woow!” and after a lot of questions “do they exist for real?”, “what if we don’t you give them back the hat?”.

That is not all. Most of the time they come back home and they tell to parents what we did in the classroom.

One day in one school I had my second lesson about pizza and when I arrived the teacher told me “could you finish fifteen min. before? There is a surprise for children and for you…”. When I finished the mothers of two little girls arrived with pizza for children and for me!

When I told them “thank you” for the surprise they just told me “we want to thank you because our children came home so enthusiastic about the activity with you!”.

This is just one of the good feedback that I received. Drawings and hugs are the most common. For me is very funny when they hug me all together!

But is not always so easy and wonderful. Sometimes can be difficult. In some classes it’s very hard to catch attention of the children and involve them in the activities.

But I hope that one day, in the future, maybe in ten years,  few of them will remember an imagine, a word, a story and they will say “I remember this! The Italian girl with big glasses told us when I was in kindergarten!”

“Ei exista intr-adevar?”

Una dintre cele mai interesante activitati pe care le desfasuram la A.C.T.O.R. – cel putin pentru mine – este programul “Aici Acolo” despre diversitatea culturala. Fiecare voluntar isi prezinta cultura printr-o serie de trei “lectii” pentru copiii. Asta inseamna ca activitatile noastre sunt in cea mai mare parte jocuri, povesti prin care incercam sa ii invatam ceva despre culturile si limbile noastre.

Abia asteptam sa incepem activitatile la scoala si la gradinita. Toata vara – chiar daca m-am bucurat cu activitatile pe care le-am facut – m-am gandit cum ar fi fost sa lucrez cu asa de multi copii, sa ii invat ceva despre tara mea si cum.

Capul meu era plin de idei dar in acelasi timp eram putin confuza. Asa ca a fost foarte utila intalnirea cu doamna Getuta. Ea este o femeie mica, cu o privire dulce si un zambet frumos, dar mai ales ea este o pedagoga excelenta. M-am gandit “copiii ar trebui sa o iubeasca”.

Intr-o zi, ea ne-a transmis cateva notiuni teoretice si o multime de trucuri pentru a lucra cu copiii de diferite grupe in gradinite .

Asa ca am fost gata sa contruim ” lectiile” noastre . In prima am hotarat sa vorbesc despre mine, despre familia mea si despre o legenda din satul meu despre un elf cu ​​o caciula rosie caruia ii place sa faca glume cu cei mari si ii place sa se joace cu copiii . Dar cel mai important lucru este ca, daca reusesti sa ii furi caciula de pe cap el iti poate arata locurile in care sunt ascunse comorile.

Reactia copiilor este surprinzatoare! Nu mi-am imaginat ca ar putea sa fie atat de fascinati de aceasta poveste. De fiecare data pot sa aud o multime de “woow!”, si urmeaza o multime de intrebari “exista intr-adevar?”, ” ce se intampla daca nu ii dai inapoi caciula?”.

Asta nu este tot. De mai multe ori ei se intorc acasa si le spun parintilor ce am facut in clasa.

Intr-o zi, la o scoala am tinut a doua lectii despre pizza iar cand am ajuns, invatatoarea mi-a spus “poti sa termini cu cincisprezece minute inainte? Avem o surpriza pentru copiii si pentru tine…”. Când am terminat, doua mame ale unor fetite din clasa au venit cu pizza pentru copiii si pentru mine!

Cand le-am spus “multumesc” pentru surpriza ele mi-au spus “vrem sa iti multumim pentru faptul ca ai nostri copii au venit acasa atat de entuziasmati dupa activitatea ta!”.

Aceasta este doar unul dintre bunele feedback-uri pe care i-am primit . Desenele si imbratisarile sunt cele mai frecvente. Pentru mine este foarte amuzant atunci cand ma imbratiseaza cu totii deodata!

Dar nu este mereu atat de usor si minunat. Uneori poate fi dificil. In anumite clase este foarte greu sa atrag atentia copiilor si sa ii implic in activitati.

Dar sper ca intr-o zi, in viitor, poate peste zece ani, cativa dintre ei isi vor aminti o imagine, un cuvant, o poveste si va spune “imi aduc aminte asta! Fata din Italia cu ochelari mari ne-a spus despre asta atunci cand eram la gradinita!”

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