We greatly appreciate your support to our project. In this report, we quote members of our staff so that you can “hear” from them about the great work they do to benefit 455 preschoolers who have demonstrated financial need.
Nancy Alejandra Ocampo, Preeschool Teacher
“The students from my group have made great advances in their language skills, especially in verbal expression and in writing their names. They have developed greater independence and willingness to participate in games like Twister, Hand Painting and Bingo. They respect turns, follow game rules, use their imagination and pay special attention to their gross motor skills.
As a teacher, on a daily basis, I research creative activities that will be useful for teaching and that will interest them. I have learned a great deal as every child poses a different challenge due to their various learning processes and particular personalities. Every student has taught me something new or reminded me of something I had forgotten.”
Angélica Sarmiento Barrios, School Psychologist
“During the last bimester, I provided psychological services to 91 students and their parents or guardians, the main issues that we addressed included toilet training, speech, learning to adapt, socialization, behavioral conduct, and physical abuse. During one of our group sessions, I spoke about the importance of oral language and speech disorders in children between 2 and 3 years of age. After the lecture, both the children and their parents participated in a guided exercise to increase the toddlers’ coordination of the tongue, lips and jaw. The nursery teachers were present to help direct the participants. We used traditional Mexican sweets such as Cajeta, Lechera, Duvalín, lollipops, cups, water and straws. The goal of this activity was for parents to learn and get involved in motor and speech exercises that help develop the natural skills of their children.”
“Parents have requested that during the parenting classes we address issues that have been affecting them such as communication with family members and spouses, domestic violence, sexual abuse, single parenting, self-esteem, emotional control and establishing boundaries. Thrity-two parents attended our “Values and Family” and “Emotions and Learning” sessions. Some of them have even asked for individual therapy to find solutions to the problems that have been affecting their family life and which impact their children’s emotional development and behavior.”
Irma Morales Martínez, School Principal
“For our school it is very important to implement innovative teaching-learning activities that are favorable for the integral development of our students. It has been of great interest for us to have our project showcased by Fundación Educa México, A.C. on GlobalGiving as it has challenged and allowed us to be creative. Our students have made presentations before their classmates and even children from other grades about natural phenomena. We have noticed the involvement and commitment of parents in helping their children learn the information and build their expositions. Teachers and their students also researched and performed experiments, an activity that we had never done before. The children were thrilled. Furthermore, we have continued our teaching activities in our computer room, physical education in the play yard and creative workshops making cookies, painting, and performing children’s stories.
Nancy Pamela Pérez Villegas, Educa Institutional Outreach Coordinator
“During the months of November and December 2009, Fundación EDUCA México, A.C. collected 5,000 toys from donors in Mexico which we distributed in 39 Educa Network Schools. On January 20th, we delivered 455 toys at Sedac’s Preschool, benefiting 195 girls and 260 boys. This was a very important experience for me because each toy caused joy and illusion, especially for the children who live in La Ladrillera (Brick Builders) Community that did not receive gifts on Three Kings Day due to the economic hardship that their families constantly face. Moreover, the toy delivery allowed us to show the children that during their time in school they can learn many new things and also share moments of happiness with their peers and teachers. I would like our donors to know that their effort to donate to our projects has no price, we could only repay it with our enormous gratitude.”
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The Fundación EDUCA México Team
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