We have had some busy months for all of us at Niños de Guatemala. Skills for Success is up and running and we now have a full-time Coordinator supporting us on this program to guarantee its success. Our teachers have been training hard with our new methodologies. We are are eager to see the impact on results and are excited for what the future holds.
For our component literacy skills in Spanish as part of the Skills for Success Program we've started using the Reading A-Z curriculum. To stimulate reading amongst students we've created reading corners in the classrooms where the students can sit down and read their books.
As part of the literacy skills in English we are implementing our Dual Immersion Program in the Pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade. Currently, 30% of their classes are taught in English. Students will be evaluated next semester with the aim of moving a full language level from A1 level to A2 biannually and working their way up to proficiency level by the end of their 12 academic years.
Technology is being used to make all these programs a success, such as tablets, projectors, televisions, and of course, a reliable internet connection.
To maximize the impact of our Skills for Success Program we are organizing a weeklong teacher training in November. Over 20 teachers and their principles will be trained in a combination of Math and Playnovate (Project based learning).
Our students are officially finishing the school year, and our graduates said goodbye to their teachers and the school. We are looking forward to celebrating their achievements with them at graduation in November.
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