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Mar 26, 2020

"Overcoming Challenges"

Learning the color Red
Learning the color Red

"The True sign of Intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination" (Albert Einstein)

Hello everyone, how are you? I hope it's ok.
In this report I want to tell you a little about how we started our school activities in our different "Lets Be Ready" centers.

I have noticed that most of our teachers are putting into practice all the ideas and suggestions that we showed them in the training for the month of January; because they are very fun ideas. The children have loved it very much, as their facial expressions demonstrate it; as you can see in the images below.

We are working on fine motor skills, performing eye-hand exercises, using the clay to mold, the tweezers with the thumb and index finger, tearing paper, painting with the fingers and making strokes of the letters that make up its name. We also work with primary and secondary colors, making crafts with different types of recycled material.

In physical education we make games to work with balance, laterality and coordination; skills that are not yet fully mastered. Children love this class, as we try to make physical activities always fun and entertaining.

"I want to tell you something very particular that happens at the school of" Los Izotes "in San Juan Sacatepéquez. Our teacher Lidia, who works there, tells in her report that a mother named Astrid, who has her son Elvin in the program; After preparing the Atol, he goes to the Library corner to bring books to read. Take time to analyze them well and understand the stories. When he finishes, before going home he borrows some books to read there, this indicates that he wants to excel and foster a good desire for reading in his son ”.

On the other hand, we have already started with the size and weight that is done every year in our different schools to start the “Chispuditos” program with the nutritious drink, which has done so much for our children in Guatemala. Parents are very happy to have this program one more year; That is why we thank all our sponsors, who make it possible with their donations, that our children can consume this atol. Thank you so much…

Everyone in the program is very happy to have started this school year with great success; but as you know there are always challenges or difficult situations that we face. This year was not the exception, because we know that worldwide we are going through an unexpected situation, since due to the COVID-19 disease; We have suspended classes in our country for a week. The government is doing everything possible so that this disease does not spread too much. That is why we are following all the precautionary measures that have been given to us. We hope soon to resume our activities with the children so that we can share with you what we do. Thank God we are all doing well, both our children and their families, our teachers and supervisors.

We hope in God to get out of this situation soon, that is why we want to tell you that if we all collaborate and follow the instructions or precautionary measures, "together" we will succeed and fight against this virus that has affected the world so much. Please stay home if there is no need to go out and take good care of yourself.

I am writing to you soon ...

Bubbles with recyclable material
Bubbles with recyclable material
Fine motor
Fine motor
Using our tweezers
Using our tweezers
A new and very fun idea
A new and very fun idea
to work with our feet
to work with our feet
She is Astrid Elvin's mother
She is Astrid Elvin's mother
He is Elvin, Lidia's student at the Izotes
He is Elvin, Lidia's student at the Izotes
Drinking "Chispuditos"
Drinking "Chispuditos"
Coordination exercises
Coordination exercises
Mar 2, 2020

The First Report of 2020

2020 team of teachers
2020 team of teachers

Hello everyone, it is a pleasure to write to you again in this new year, full of dreams and goals to fulfill. I hope you are well so that you can enjoy how we started the trainings and classes with our teachers, and children.

During the third week of January, we attended the training we have annually before starting the school year, it was very good. This focused on what children learn in Reading-Writing and how we can improve our teaching methods in the area of Communication and Language, so that children get better prepared for elementary school.

Something very important that we also learned was how to improve our tools when evaluating. The group of teachers in Santo Domingo Xenacoj took care of this part in the training; and let me tell you that they made a very good presentation. The preparation of the whole group was noted as they made a very summary of the national base curriculum used in our country to plan.

We had the pleasant visit of our dear founder Fred Zambroski; like all years. Fred expressed his excitement for starting the year, the hard work that our teachers do in different communities and the goal of expanding more this year to reach communities with more need for preschool education.

Liza also arrived, representative of the organization that gives us the atoll or the nutritious drink called “Chispuditos”. He showed us the progress that is being made with children thanks to this nutritious drink and new ideas on how to prepare it. We were encouraged to make this same presentation with our group of parents in the different communities where we are, because they will better understand the importance of having their children drink this drink.

We hope that, for the next training, in July; we can meet all the goals we have set as a group, both to improve our activities and our work; To make it more professional.

For this year we made contact with the organization of WINGS, an entity that is in charge of giving mothers, talks about Family Planning and accessibility to improve on it.

On January 20, we started classes at our different educational centers, with new children and places, eager to put into practice everything we learned in our training.

Greetings to all our Donors. Thank you, thank you very much for your support and collaboration. The truth is that without their contributions we could not help our children who need it so much. We hope that this year you can join more to support our cause, just click on the DONATE button ...

I will write soon.

A new idea shared by Jessica
A new idea shared by Jessica
Making bubbles with recyclable material
Making bubbles with recyclable material
Putting the idea of bubbles into practice
Putting the idea of bubbles into practice
A fun new game for children
A fun new game for children
This is a book donation.
This is a book donation.
delivery of school supplies
delivery of school supplies
They are Lety and Jessica
They are Lety and Jessica
Feb 3, 2020

Our plans for 2020, and a successful 2020 to everyone!

Here at Aula Mágica we have been very busy preparing for the beginning of 2020 academic year. With more than 30 Facilitators coming from different communities. The classes will commence once again in our classrooms and we are really excited to be with our students once again!

Each year offering our program is a considerable challenge which has led us to think a great deal about what we do and to find the best strategies in order to benefit our pre-school children and families who have a great need. They live in remote communities and are often isolated and suffer from limited services and support.

In the last few years we have received committed support from various marvellous organizations who believe in and share our mission:  Miracles in Action, Go Philanthropic, Mathile Institue, Project Quetzal, MAIA, Adesju, as well as others.

One of the strategies for these upcoming months is to collaborate with as many organizations who share similar aims to ours, which will allow us to expand our work to other areas and regions of the country where we are not currently working. This will allow us to have a larger positive impact in each program that we offer.

Collaborating with other organisations will allow us to reach out to more communities with needs in areas of health and pre-school education. We are really hopeful that various organizations join with us so that we can work towards the same objective.

We are very proud to have an excellent program focusing on high quality pre-school education in rural communities. We also have our Mothers’ Groups for each classroom. They meet regularly and they are our source of strength. Each Facilitator with the support of the Regional Coordinator cover themes such as: early learning, hygiene and nutrition, which are vital topics for every home. There exists a great amount of trust amongst everyone involved which is essential for the success of this program.

We look forward to keeping you updated with the progress of our program throughout the year.

Best wishes and until the next time!

Aula Mágica Guatemala!

 
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