Inside the G2 Classroom
Visit a G2 classroom and you will be surrounded by lively voices and laughter of children deciding what to play today. Each volunteer provides guidance but allows the child to make decisions and set up the activity. Look around the room and you’ll see books, games, arts and craft materials, playdough, toys, dolls, building blocks like LEGO. Observe the volunteer and child sharing an emotional bond, building Lego’s, playing Candyland, drawing pictures and sculpting playdough, that brings a smile to everyone’s face.
Learning is active and continuous at Generation 2. Come back to the same room in 2 or 3 months and witness progress. Children use common items like board games to become actively engaged in learning words and discover that reading benefits them, or may help them win a game. Others realize that it’s important for their partner to win sometimes, thus learning empathy.
How Are Classrooms Supervised?
Each classroom is under the direct supervision of the coordinator. Coordinators and volunteers both receive ongoing extensive training. Coordinators constantly monitor conversations and activities to be able to support, correct or re-direct activity is warranted. At the end of each day volunteers record observations about each child in their Journal and hold a de-briefing meeting with coordinators and volunteers.