In this up-date, I would like to describe the current situation of one of our girls of Puerta Abierta, Monica Margarita. She is 17 years old and finishing her sophomore year in High School. As the oldest of the 9 girls living at Puerta Abierta, Margarita has taken on an important leadership role. As a result of her emotional maturity, she has become a guide for the rest of the girls.
Given her age, Margarita is also exploring her independence from the group, and is showing interest in discovering more about herself. At times, this search has led her to be more self-centered which seems to us to be quite normal and expected for this stage of development.
We are aware that we have to help Margarita develop further her self-confidence and guide her to find the right balance between attending to her own psychological and emotional needs and, at the same time,being responsive to the feelings and needs of the rest of the family.
During her junior year, Margarita will also be taking courses for a technical degree. Doing so, she will be prepared in the near future, to work while she completes her undergraduate course work. Margarita is cognizant of the need to make a concerted effort to achieve her goals. We are all confident in her ability and will be available to help her in any way we can.
Lupita is one of the triplets who lives with us in Puerta Abierta. What distinguishes her from her other two identical twin sisters is the fact that she is a fraternal twin and therefore she does not resemble the other two physically. She became a member of our family when she was seven years old and since we met her, we could tell that she was an inquisitive, hyperactive and talkative little girl. Also because of this we immediately recognized that she had some language barriers that we’ve been helping her get through by talking her to speech therapy classes.
She is in a Montessori school, a learning school system that has been very helpful in developing her creative potential. She is enthusiastic, great with manual activities and her gross motor skills as well are impressive. Alongside four of our other girls she is interested in music and takes part in the state’s group choir. Aside from this we are also helping her out with her attention span problems, which consequently make her have some concentration issues when she is learning. Academically we offer her weekly academic regularization hours and next week she will start attending a learning therapy that also tackles the emotional side of therapy through art and play therapy. Her neurologist results show that she is getting good results, but it is essential to continue her treatment.
We are convinced that when an individual wants to be a successful person, it does not matter how many difficulties he or she has to overcome. We believe that Lupis (as we also call her) is one of these people and Puerta Abierta want to see her continues to make the efforts that we’ve so far seen her, do so that she can overcome anything.
As you all know all our girls attend private schools, 4 different schools as each one of them has a different need.
Mercedes will be 16 years old soon yet she only learned how to read and write at 9, whist in Mexico the average child is expected to read/write in first grade. She finished elementary school at 15 which prevents her from attending a regular high school. This is a consequence of governmental regulations regarding age limits.
At this time the only option for Mercedes would be a GED program. With your help she attends a private GED program for 3 hours daily and has extra tutoring at home. Still what she needs to accomplish is far. Mercedes needs a one to one basis and although her poor attention wasn’t taken care of before, the school she now attends shows support by dividing students into small groups so teachers can be attentive to her progress.
At home with Irma her tutor, what she learns is reinforced and her Spanish and Maths marks have improved.At her school the curricula is organized differently, students tackle one subject at a time for each middle school grade, once they achieve the marks they move to the next subject.
We are proud of her as she had her Spanish exam and got an good mark! She is having her math test this week and we have no doubt she will also thrive! She is a confident girl who enjoys learning despite difficulties and these results have kept her self-assured, becoming everyday a more-easy going and happy young girl!
Thanks for your support Mercedes will have a all the tools she needs to meet her goals!
Wait for our next report, you’ll get to know Lupis one our triplets!
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