We have some young students who are almost there with their recital of the 'ABC.' They are now working on forming letters so that they can write, and we have begun some phonic sessions with them. To make things interesting today I introduced some play-dough so that they could have fun making letters and some simple words.
The father of two young sisters- a teacher of some years- came to pick them up at the end of the lesson. He was fascinated: "I've never seen anything like this before," he said, beaming as he watched his daughters playing with the dough.
Yes, to us play-dough is such a simple thing, but in Cambodia where money is short and resources are scarce and in a country where learning by rote is entrenched, this lesson was novel for these young learners.