Monday, December 1, 2014

Report of the activites held on November 20th, at Kdm Jakarta

Participants: nine kids of the blue class



Ibu UutMette, Nancy, Mara, Benedetta



Name song


Running game similar to the Fox and the sheep, which they really enjoyed last time. It is called mrs Happy  and mr Sad. On the go of three 2-3 children are chosen to be Mr. Sad and they have to catch the Mrs Happy......When a Mr Sad catches a Mrs Happy the Mrs Happy has to stand still and freeze until she is saved by another Sad. By giving two hugs to a frozen Happy it is again ready to move. The game is over when everyone is frozen or after 5 minutes and three new Mr Sad are put in action.


Kids love this game. We introduced some ground rules:  They’re not allowed to get outsine the boundaries of the pendopo, not allowed to climb on the walls. Also reminded them of the 3 Golden Rules: 1. Don’t hurt others, 2. Don’t hurt yourself, 3. Don’t break stuff. They took turns in being the MrSad. It worked quite well.


Mandarin Game

There was some miscommunication about activities, so we did peeling mandarins and kids had to try to get the skin off in the shape of a spiral. Ali helped in in distributing the mandarins among the others. He’s responding quite well to doing small tasks. Only, when things don’t go the way he wants, he tends to sulk and isolate himself.

T. didn’t want to join in the beginning of the activities, but when he saw the kids received fruit, he quickly joined in. We told him that he already made a choice to not join, so he should consider the consequence. He didn’t say much, just gave back the fruit and left.

A. started to peel without listening to the instructions.  Most kids started, but stopped when we told them they had to listen first.

We handed out all the madarins to F., who won the previous game. He gave the other kids their share.


Introducing posterskids participated quite well. R. G. A. volunteered to read the posters.  A. joked around a bit, but when he had to read, he was quite serious.

"Getting a ship to the harbour"
One child is named "the harbour" and makes a sound he or she decides on and sits still somewhere in the room.
Half of the children are ships and have to sit down moving backwards towards the harbour. The ships cannot see where the harbour sits down and must be in position with eyes closed first.
The other half of the children are "rocks" and they position themselves on the floor between the harbour and the ships and decide on a sound for a rock. The sound is made constantly to warn the ships.
The rocks and the harbour cannot move. Only the ships can move backwards with closed eyes sitting down.
If the ships bump in to the rocks they have to start over at the harbour again.
The game is over when all ships have reached the harbour!


Kids did quite well with this  exercise, although there were some kids who tried to peek and some of the kids  who wre the ‘rocks’ forgot to make noise.





Yellow Class

Participants: 9 kids

 Trainers: Pak Ian, MetteNanacyBenedettaStefania,Mara


1. Little Green Frog song


2. Reviewing posters rules activities, let 1 kid explain.

It looks a bit as if the Yellow group is a bit bored with this activity.


3 "Getting a ship to the harbour"

One child is named "the harbour" and makes a sound he or she decides on and sits still somewhere in the room.

Half of the children are ships and have to sit down moving backwards towards the harbour. The ships cannot see where the harbour sits down and must be in position with eyes closed first.

The other half of the children are "rocks" and they position themselves on the floor between the harbour and the ships and decide on a sound for a rock. The sound is made constantly to warn the ships.

The rocks and the harbour cannot move. Only the ships can move backwards with closed eyes sitting down.

If the ships bump in to the rocks they have to start over at the harbour again.

The game is over when all ships have reached the harbour!


They really like this activity. Only, there is a lot of cheating. Some of the boys and D. try to peek or pretend they didn’t touch the ‘rocks’ when they were ‘ships’.

A. looked very involved.

They played the game several times, all of them taking turns to be ‘rocks’, ‘ships’ or ‘harbours


Group Discussion:

Note: A. walked with me to my car after the activities. This is the first time he did that. I asked him if he liked the activities and he said he did. He was smiling a lot during the session.

I’m also still amazed by D. I remember that before the long holiday break, he was apathetic, didn’t say a word and slept during the activities. We used to carry him around. Now he’s an active, happy boy, who even jokes around. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

"The strains if violin in India", Venetian music for solo violin, broadcasted by La Fenice Channel

Listen to to hear the music by Albinoni, De Guarnieri, Sanvido for violin, playIed by Sara Michieletto, on a recording sponsored by the Italian Embassy in India, in 2010.

About unhappiness

Happiness is something that we all strive to attain. As human beings we can accept the fact that: (a) life is short, and (b) unhappiness makes our lives difficult. As is common knowledge, our habits have a big impact on the quality of life that we live; specifically, these habits directly impact our happiness (or lack thereof). To make a clear distinction, there is a strong difference between clinical depressionand chronic unhappiness. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, while unhappiness is a disposition that is often acquired through how we choose to live our lives. Similar to depression, however, unhappiness can be diagnosed and treated.

Here are 12 habits that can cause unhappiness, all of which can be avoided.

1. Chronic Complaining

Happy and successful people do not complain much. On the other side, it seems that chronic complainers always have something negative to say… even when those around them are happy! The bottom line: we all have different circumstances that we are given in this lifetime, but in the end these circumstances are ours – fair or unfair, wanted or unwanted. Instead, seek solutions to problems instead of complaining, which leads to nowhere.

2. Being critical – of self and others

How we talk to ourselves shapes our self-image, for better or worse. Self-worth is an essential component to our happiness, and feeling good about ourselves is a right that we all have. Realize when mistakes are made, accept them, and move on…don’t engage in negative self-talk. Further, respect the inherent differences of others and recognize their right to live happily and without undue criticism.

3. Living beyond means

We live in a materialistic society, one where we are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest car, gadget, or credit card; all promising an easier, more fulfilling existence. Don’t believe it for a second. While purchasing a new product may provide a needed emotional boost, it doesn’t last. Ever heard the term “buyer’s remorse”? It exists for a reason. Instead, seek out something to do that doesn’t involve whipping out a piece of plastic – exercise, reading, sightseeing, etc. – anything brings satisfaction without the debt.

4. Negative addictions

Most things are good in moderation – food, a drink or two, entertainment… it’s when these things take center stage in our lives that it becomes a problem. Unfortunately, many good people have met their end through addictive habits, especially through dependence on alcohol and drugs. A great preventative measure and remedy to these addictions? Finding and living our passions to the greatest extent possible (see #8).

5. Regretting the past

Regret is not only useless, it can be extremely harmful. Research continues to show that repetitive, negative thoughts about decisions made in the past in often a precursor to chronic stress and depression. According to Psychology Today, there are four ways to cope with regret: (1) learn from mistakes but don’t dwell, (2) if nothing can be changed about the situation to let it go, (3) make sure too much blame is not being undertaken, and(4) reframing the situation more positively.

6. Worrying about the future

We only have so much say in what our future holds. This is not meant to disempower (quite the opposite); rather it is stating simple truth. What we can do is live in the present while fully exercising our God-given abilities and talents, enabling andempowering us to live a happier existence. There’s that phrase again: living in the present. Face difficulties as they arise and let them go. Enjoy the beautiful things in life and experience them fully…be present.

 7. Being driven by fear

Yes, fear can be an enabler to unhappiness. To fully understand this, we have to again go back to being present. Quite simply, we can’t allow fear of the unknown (and/or the unavoidable) to cripple our quality of life. Fear is a negative thought process that is often on auto pilot. Remember: we are not our negative thoughtsWe are not fear, worry, anxiety, or any other negative thought process.

8. Delaying goals and dreams

It’s relatively easy and effortless to get caught up in the routine of life: working, eating, sleeping, maybe even a day or two of doing something fun or relaxing. But here’s the thing: by not directing our talents and passions toward a positive and tangible goal, we potentially discard something great before its realization. The hardest part of living out our goals and dreams is taking the first step. After building a game plan taking that first step, only then can we see the possibilities.

 9. Gossiping

Nothing exudes unhappiness and insecurity more than negative small talk about someone else. After all, why would a happy, confident person engage in something that is of no benefit? They wouldn’t. Gossip is something to be left to the kids at recess, not to adults attempting to make their lives (and others!) better.

10. Holding grudges

Similar to other negative emotions, animosity is a needless weight on our backs. We are all witness to the negative behaviors of other people and can become (sometimes justifiably) angered as a result. But remember: this isn’t about their ignorant behavior; it’s about your happiness. Either forgive, forget, or ignore… and move on with your life.

11. Eating poorly

Ingesting nutritionally-bankrupt food is all about immediate gratification. It’s certainly not about feeling good long-term, as eating poorly can result in bad health, weight gain, depression, lack of energy and decreased productivity; while having a well-balanced diet results in an entirely opposite effect – more energy, a healthy weight, mental alertness, and increased productivity. Eat right, look great, and feel great.

12. Expanding our problems

When we experience unhappiness and discontent, our first reaction is almost entirely emotional. In other words, we blow things completely out of proportion. After all, we still have that darned “lizard brain” (amygdala) – the epicenter of negative emotions. Instead, just take a step back, look at the problem objectively (with minimal emotion), and focus on a solution!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Report of the activities held on November 13th, at Kdm, Jakarta

Theme: Teambuilding


Blue Class


Participants: 12 kids

Trainers: SotarMette, Mara, Benedetta, Martina,Stefania, Nancy.

Start song: Name song. Kids participated well. O. and a. helped holding up the papers with the names. Then we moved around in a circle while singing, to make it a bit more interesting.


Introducing the posters with the “Activity Rules’

M. and f. were not very motivated.

Mette and Nancy already discussed the possibility to have them join the activities of the yellow class. We feel that they are bored with the activities of the blue class.

A. was lying on the counter, playing with a ball, while f. was complaining. Sotar tried to get m. involved, but when he came into the circle he started messing around with a.,Sotar told them they should go outside. Eventually Sotar took them out. It was easier to work with the other kids when the 2 boys were gone.


Hulahoop game. We all stood in a circle, holding hands. A hulahoop is around 1 one of the kids’ arms. They have to pass on thehulahoop without letting go of eachothers’ hands. We used 2 hulahoops to make it more interesting. The instruction was that when the 2hulahoops met 1 child, that child had to sing a song. The hulahoops both went smoothly through the circle, while we sang a song. They never met, so at last we stopped. The children worked quite well together. O. was very enthusiastic and sang loudly.



5.  Saving Benedetta: Happiness potion must be given to Benedetta who is very sad.

They have to bring one glass of water each to Benedetta and fill a bottle with a funnel. Little by little Benedetta will feel better until the last glass will be poured, and then she will be very happy.


To fill up the bottle they have to:

-Slalom on 4 small obstacles walking on the heel

-Walk on the rope, holding the cup above their heads

-Pass under the scarf tthat Mara and Mette hold upwhithout spilling water

We added later some extra obstacles to make it harder.

The children really liked this game. It looks like the combination of competition and teamworks works quite good for them. They kept asking to continue the game, even after the bottle (and later a bucket)were filled.


Musica Musica song: move around in a circle, make circle bigger and smaller. A. was crying, she didn’t want to join.


Kids were late to come in. It’s sometimes difficult to get them together in 1 place. Some of them like to keep playing on the football table in the pendopo.

After Musica Musica, Mara gave all the kids snacks. We tried to find out why a. was crying. She said she didn’t have a chance to join in the ‘savingBenedetta” game. F. said that a. went out of the line and then for some reason didn’t come back.Sotar told the other kids to make a. happy (as in the saving Benedetta’s game) and share their snacks. The children happily did so and eventually a. smiled again.

It might have been a cry for attention, Sotar said the absence of Ibu Uut affected a..




Yellow Class


Participants: 11 kids


Trainers: SotarMette, Mara, Benedetta, Martina,Stefania, Nancy


Start song: Little Green Frog.
Introducing the posters with the “Activity Rules’. The kids said they understood the rules.
Rythmical circle. Some of the kids seem to find it difficult to focus on the game and look what their friends are doing. We repeated the game a few times and let the clap go opposite directions to prepare for the parachute games.
Parachute Fun BallEverbody holds the parachute so that it’s taut. A ball is put on the parachute and moved around the edge. When the ball comes towards you, the edge of the parachute should be lowered and when it’s passing, immediately raised to keep the ball moving. When everybody does this correctly, the ball will travel evenly around the parachute at a steady speed.

We tried to let the ball make several rounds, it wasn’t easy because some kids were moved the parachute too early or too late, sometimes too wild. The ball would move in a wrong direction or would fall off the parachute.

Number Run: Number all the children within the game. With the children raising the parachute high over their heads, shout 2 numbers and the children immediately have to run under the parachute as it falls to swap with the other number. Variant: catch the kids who run underneath with the parachute.

One Handed Run Around: The kids hold the parachute tight with 1 hand. The other arm they keep straight on shoulder height. The children run around as fast as possible, on count of 3 (they have to assign leader amongst themselves for the sign) they let go and try to let the parachute float.

They really like the parachute games. They were all laughing out loud. We asked them if there were leaders. The kids said they appointed d. and r. because they are disciplined kids. We asked the two what they thought about leading. D. said it was very difficult because not everybody followed the instructions.



Mette: she saw many smiles and kids were very supportive to eachother. Nobody gave another a thumbs down. They did good teambuilding.


Stefania and Nancy: it is important to listen toeachoter when you are in a team. Look at what the others are doing.


Benedetta: also important to have fun and enjoy the game.


Mara: After playing kids should clean up and be careful with the materials they are using. That is also part of the activity.

Report of the activities held on October 22nd, Kdm Jakarta

Wednesday 22 October 2014


Theme: Appreciation



Emoticons (Nancy)

Pencils/crayons (Sotar)

Beads and string (Nancy)

Laptop for music (Sotar)


Blue class: 9am-10.30am


1. Name song (5 minutes)


2. "Follow Me" Game (10 minutes)

Kids are in a circle, one is appointed to start a movement on music, all the others follow. Then another one is appointed, and so on.


3. Bead activity (see attachment) (60 minutes)


4. Musica Musica






Yellow Class


Start and finish with Emoticons


1. "Whispering Game" (15 minutes)

We make 3 groups in a circle.


Mara and Benedetta make a sentence in Italian that says: " Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another". ( or a shorter sentence about being happy/content)


Stefania says in her language :" Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results" (or something in that sense)


They will whisper that into the ear of one of the kids. He/she will try to repeat /pronounce it as best as he/she can to his/her neighbour .


The last child will say out loud what he/she thinks he/she has heard.

Then Mara, Benedetta and Stefania will then say in their language what they say and we'll tell the kids what it means in Indonesian.


It's a message about being happy.


2. Bead game.


3. Song: Little Green Frog


Report Wednesday 22 October 2014


Theme: Appreciation



Sotar, Uut (blue class), Mette, Mara, Benedetta, Stefania, Nancy


Blue Class:

1. Almost all kids are complete, only s. is absent. We do the namesong first.

Kids participate well. Only f. doesn’t want to join and keeps reading under a table. F. seems to be in a bad mood.


Introduction of m. (Mara’s daughter), she sings Italian songs.

The kids like it very much. Especially a., he keeps smiling. M. and s. play and Indonesian song. Kids sing with a lot of enthusiasm.

2. Follow song: all kids participate well . A. is most expressive. I think this is a fun activity to do again for a future session.


3. Bead activity.

Ibu Uut starts with giving the kids their first beads. Kids are attentive. They listen carefully to what Uut says to each child. They seem a bit shy when they receive their bead, but happy.

The boxes of beads dropped a few times. A. was very helpful with putting them back.



A.: helpful

A.: helpful

G.: helped younger sibling when there was a fight

G.: good boy

A.: sweet girl

A.: good boy

A.: shares food

R.: sweet boy

F.: shares food

G.: helps with math

B.:  likes to give an answer

B.:  can teach f.



Kids start to get noisy




G.: listens when studying

A.: sweet girl and cute

G.: disciplined

F.: wants to study with UUt

M.: wants to play with m.

A.: wants to play with everyone

F.: is a good friend

B.: good soccer player

A.: best friend


A.: can work well together

A. and a.: play well together with d.

F.: cute

B.: nice to a.

G.: although g. is annyong, he’s a good football player

E.: he reminds f. to do things


A.: good boy

A.: likes to borrow pen/pencil

M.: likes to share

M.: likes to share pencil

G.: likes to help

D.: nice boy

F.: cute girl he likes to tease her

A.: nice boy

R.: he likes to tease f.

A.: helps a.


( serious)
, gets annoyed because other kids keep making noise

A.: funny and helps

M.: nice girl

M.: helps at school

A.: likes to play with a.

M.: likes to help in class

D.: likes to play together

D.: eventhough he irritates f., he also likes to help

F.: likes to help in class


Note: we didn’t divide the kids into 2 groups, because they stuck together in a big circle. But because they had to wait too long, they got noisy. They seemed to enjoy the activity and want to do it again.


3. End: ‘Musica Musica’





Yellow Class



11 participants


Introduction Martina. She sings an Italian song, the kids learn the chorus. They are very interested in learning what it means.



Whispering game: divide kids in 2 groups (make 2 lines)

Mara and Benedetta are the 1st in each group and say a word or sentence in Italian. It’s passed on until the last child who says out loud what he/she heard.

Kids in group 1 got upset because they have it wrong a few times. They start blaming eachother.

Kids in group 2 have the words correct most. But they cheated a lot. A., moved over to Benedetta when she whispered the word to i. and the rest also tried to listen in.


Bead activity. Each kid picks 10 beads. They make 2 lines. They give beads to the person opposite to them.. Then the 1st person in group 1 moves to the end of his/her line so kids are facing different groupmember and so on.

They seem giggly and a bit shy to say nice things to eachother, but overall seem to enjoy it. They cooperate well.



Note: especially the older kids like to trade the beads they received into another they like better. We explained to them that the beads they receive were especially picked for them by their friends, so it’s not a very nice thing to trade them in.




Emoticons: We did the emoticons in the beginning of the session with the yellow class.

Most of the kids wrote either ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’. Only a. wrote: ‘sad’ and ‘angry’ and g. wrote ‘tired’’.



End: Little Green Frog song 





Exercise Blue class: ”A bracelet of beads from my friends”



Goal of the exercise:


The goal of the exercise is to teach the children to show appreciation (e.g all the children choose beads for each other ”This bead is for you because…..”) and to give them a sense of belonging to a group who cares about them.

The exercise also practices the young children´s finer motor skills and concentration/focus skills.



How the exercise goes:


Material needed:

Beads, divided in to 2 bowls for 2 groups (Mette and Nancy)

Elastic thread (Nancy – please cut the thread and tie knots in the end beforehand)

Sissors (Sotar)

16 Cups to gather the beads (Sotar)


Start up and instructions:

The instructions are given in plenum and the group is afterwards divided in to 2 groups. Every group has at least two helpers.


Instructions that are to be given in plenum:

This is a special exercise where you make a bracelet for your self. The beads that you use for the bracelet are chosen by your friends. Everyone chooses 1 bead for everyone in the group. We will show you when you go to your group.


IMPORTANT: You have to say something nice when you give your friend a bead, something you like about this friend, something that makes him/her special.


Instructions in the group:

(given by Nancy in one group and Sotar in the other)

A child is chosen to start. Child A sits in the middle of the circle and the rest of the group make a ring around the child.


The bowl of beads start with one of the adult helpers, the helper chooses a bead suitable for the child and hands it to the child while saying why this bead is for this child.


“This bead is for you because I like you”

“This bead is for you because you are my friend”

“This bead is for you because you have a nice smile”

“This bead is for you because you always hold my hand”

“This bead is for you because you are kind”……

IMPORTANT: please encourage the children to say things that are not connected to appearance or the “outer-self” but more to something special within the child.