by Cydy Weldon-Lassiter
On Thursday morning, I was granted the privilege of sitting in on 5 of the 9 classes at Circle of Peace School. Each teacher and her students welcomed me into their learning spaces with warm greetings. The students stood and chanted in unison, “Welcome, visitor. How do you do?”
Much like St. Andrew’s School, Circle of Peace has one class per grade, however Circle of Peace begins a year earlier and extends two years beyond St. Andrew’s. The grades include: Middle Class- preschool; Top Class- kindergarten; and Primary 1 to 7- grades first through seventh.
Although I tried to schedule my visits in sequence, beginning with the youngest group to the oldest group, my plan did not work out as such. Despite the mix up, as I moved from class to class, there was a clear progression of skills, concepts, and expectations from one grade to the next.
After meeting the students and teachers, I am eager for our St. Andrew’s second grade class to begin their study of Uganda and start their pen pal relationship. I am immensely grateful for this glimpse into Ugandan education at Circle of Peace School.