Unit discussions

Here in Bahay Aurora the staffs specifically the Social workers and the house parents were giving the kids a once a week Unit discussion. This content of a fairly controversial topic, such as ‘Friends are more important than family’ and asking the kids to decide whether they agree, disagree or have opinion, making notes on their main arguments to support their viewpoint. Many topics were coming on to talk to and it depends on what kids want to talk about. Explain that for this discussion, the aim is to keep their inner emotions ventilated as far as possible. We as facilitators of this activity monitor and give feedback on these areas.

One of the most important things for this skill is for the kids of Bahay Aurora is to learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to interrupt and how to do it. Very often kids will talk over each other in an effort to get their point across and to listen.

Developing group discussion skills is useful for their everyday life as we regularly find ourselves having discussions amongst friends, family and colleagues. These may vary from very informal chats about day-to-day things, to more serious topics, for example a discussion about a recent news story or a problem that needs to be solved. This kind of activity also offers an opportunity for extended speaking and listening practice by the children. Unit discussion practice and skill development is therefore useful for all these kids.

It is important to consider the different skills that are involved in participating in a group discussion and ensure that we do activities that address each of these. Additionally, structuring and varying the way that feedback is given will help the kids to identify areas for improvement.

A regular day at BA

To start the day, the kids in Bahay Aurora wake up at 6am. The day will start with an exercise. The 30 minutes running along the premises of Bahay Aurora. This will strengthen the immune system of the kids to fight different kinds of diseases. After the running exercise they will have a water break to replenish the lost water in their bodies. Each kid has a different task in BA, they were taught to be responsible doing task similar to what they do at home. Usually unit 1 and unit 3 Do these tasks.

 

 

There is a program of activity for each day after doing task they will have their breakfast. And they will have an activity to do like trampoline, skipping ropes and board games. After this activity they will have their lunch, they will have a rest after lunch they can do nap time. In the Afternoon they will have word puzzle, sudoku and coloring.

They will clean the surrounding in the afternoon each one has a task to perform. After this they will have to take a bath and be ready for dinner. During the night the activity is to be creative and to perform art activity. This is one of the activity schedules on this day in Bahay Aurora during summer, each day has a different set of activity to perform.

 

 

The kids are given different sets of activity each day so they can enhance their minds and develop their creativeness through these activities. This is done during summer not only helping them in their needs but also to provide them with activities so their summer will be meaningful and they can enjoy. This is how a day is spent in Bahay Aurora.

 

 

Yoga time

Every night the assign staff at Bahay Aurora is conducting yoga. We are doing a yoga at the court of Bahay aurora, because every night the place that we chose to conduct it is a quiet place, so that all participants can relax their mind, body and soul and to focus them on meditation of yoga with a nice music.

 



 

Boys and girls of Bahay Aurora was divided into two groups. The two groups had a yoga session every other day (alternate schedule).

Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Yoga also promotes breathing through the nose, which filters the air, warms it (cold, dry air is more likely to trigger an asthma attack in people who are sensitive), and humidifies it, removing pollen and dirt and other things you’d rather not take into your lungs. Yoga can help you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength.

Yoga and meditation build awareness. And the more aware you are, the easier it is to break free of destructive emotions like anger. Yoga appears to reduce anger by increasing feelings of compassion and interconnection and by calming the nervous system and the mind. It also increases your ability to step back from the drama of your own life, to remain steady in the face of bad news or unsettling events. Thanks to the techniques I learned in YouTube.

 

About Nina, by Josie Talavera

She is Nina Bleeker, 24 years old from Harlem Netherlands. She has a twin sister named Marit and has older brother named Yannick. She is studying Social work, a 4-year course. She is now third year in her course.

Before she went here in Bahay Aurora, she said that she makes a research for her experience in other country then she found Bahay Aurora in the website. Bahay Aurora was found in the Philippines. Nina was excited to come in the Philippines especially in Bahay Aurora. Actually, this is her first time to visit in Asia.

 

 

When she arrived, she felt overwhelmed because of the difference[NS1]   between the culture and the time that she used to it. According to her she likes people here in the Philippines because the people are friendly, kind and make her feel welcome.

About the food, she tried and taste chicken feet, dried fish, chocolate rice, adobo, liver and blood soup. We are happy that she like it and she experience Filipino food.

Nina is also the one who was making summer activity schedule of Bahay Aurora that we are following right now. She also raised money for summer camp in Bahay Aurora.

 

 

She likes kids smiling, playing with them and giving them more attention when they are doing activities. She is also flexible to any activity in Bahay Aurora.  She is also joining and helping Ate Ella’s class (sped class) every afternoon.

According to her she is planning to visit Palawan (one of the most beautiful island here in the Philippines). And according to her after her internship she wants to finish her study and she is also planning to come back again in Bahay Aurora. She wants to keep in touch and continue her support in Bahay Aurora and hopefully she will come again with her twin sister. We are blessed to have you Nina! God bless! “Let all things be done in love”.