My name is Rags and I am from Cape TownSouth Africa.Love brought me to Sweden.Between my husband and me we have five children. Children have
surrounded me ever since I was a little girl.My mother took it upon herself to adopt children off the streets of Cape Town and she also raised some of her
sisters’ children.I was the eldest and
had to keep my new brothers and sisters entertained from a very early age!I was brought up during the apartheid era in South Africa, and as we did not belong to the
most privileged, we grew up in an environment where buying toys did not
exist.I had to make the toys and games
for my siblings, so that they could laugh and be happy, while my mother cooked
and did the washing.
One can say that it was like a
day-care at our home because the neighbours’ children could not resist the
fun!They joined my siblings, my cousins
and me each and every day!We played
games, we painted with sand and water, and we danced and sang while my father
played the guitar.I also made
instruments for the children to play along.At an early age of nine years old I started to learn how to cook and
have been cooking ever since!I learnt
that one does not need a lot to be happy!We had our values and most importantly we had lots of love in our
home!We cannot always choose our
experiences but we sure can choose how we deal with them.
In Cape Town before I moved to Sweden I was professionally active with
coordinating and facilitating groups of adults in various business
environments.Since I arrived in
Gothenburg I have been working in the kindergarten as well as in the
preschooler groups, following the American, English and of course
the Swedish curriculum that stresses learning through play and “hands on”
activities. I’ve been planning and
evaluating activities within all areas of the kindergarten curriculum, always
with the focus on the individual child.
My early experiences of a more
private nature, in combination with my professional experiences, and formal
courses have proved to be a successful mixture.The children always enjoy my classes and I always love having the
children in my class! Together, we have a wonderful time in which we create the
magical moments where we learn new things together!