After school programs to inspire children & youth

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After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
After school programs to inspire children & youth
The month of December was filled with anticipation by the children of Clara Luna's Club de Niños. We read "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and did an activity where we made trees by twisting craft papers into trees and painting the resulting sculptures.

 The weeks before Christmas were occupied by making a festive tree from the branches of a recently trimmed tree found in a lot nearby. The children made ornaments from recycled ropes discovered on the beach and God’s Eye ornaments from popsicle sticks and yarn. Club de Niños also drew, colored and cut paper doves with three dimensional wings to decorate the tree. Club Discapacitados made triangular tree decorations from sticks and paper.

 The parents participated in a “Minga” a traditional community activity where everyone works together in a general clean up, repair and decoration of our outdoor space in preparation for the Christmas Party.

The Christmas party was well attended by the children and parents. A visit from Papa Noel was enjoyed by the everyone. The children sang Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad in English. They all received gifts of a book, a small toy, sweet treats and a hug from Papa Noel.

As the new year began, we were the host to a number of volunteers from an organization named Solidarité Sud from Quebec City in Canada. With their assistance we started on the first phase of renovation to our classrooms. The walls between four small rooms were removed making a two larger teaching spaces, electricial outlets were moved, the walls were painted a bright cheerful color and new tables, chairs and bookshelves were added. The Solidarité Sud volunteers also taught crafts, read to the children and taught English.

In February we focused on the book “Las Chicas son de Ciencias” (The Women of Science) by Irene Civico and Sergio Parra. Every session we read a short biography about a notable woman of science such as Henrietta Leavitt a 19th century American astronomer, Rosalind Franklin, a 20th century English pioneer in the study of DNA, and Maria Sibylla Merian a 17th century German Naturalist, Etymologist and Botanist who using her keen observational skills revolutionized both botany and zoology

As the month ended we prepared for Carnival in early March ...more on that next time. eley 
The very neat purple crayon
The very neat purple crayon

Our after school program Club de Niños started September by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”, by Olivier Jeffers that included a story about a very neat purple crayon that didn’t like being used to color outside the lines. September 8th was International Literacy Day which we celebrated by bringing boxes of books to the Mother’s Park in Puerto Lopez for "Stories in the Park," giving access to books, promoting literacy and cultivating a love for reading. Volunteers Trish, Bonnie , Ed and Laura read with the local youth.

Our after school program, Club de Niños, started in September by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”,  by Olivier Jeffers that included a story about a very neat purple crayon that didn’t like being used to color outside the lines. September 8th was International Literacy Day which we celebrated by bringing boxes of books to the Mother’s Park in Puerto Lopez for "Stories in the Park” thereby giving access to books, promoting literacy and cultivating a love for reading. Volunteers Trish, Bonnie, Ed and Laura read with the local youth.

 

During the month we also read “Yellow Bird”,  by Olga de Dios-the story of a flightless bird that invents a flying device that he shares with other animals, so they too can fly. After the reading we were assisted by Andrea from Italy in making “flying devices” that included paper airplanes (see the link to a video). We launched them with much enthusiasm. We also used a craft to illustrate the importance of diversity as symbolized by a rainbow.

 

In early October we read “Igor, the bird that couldn't sing"  by Satoski Kitamura. The children were taught by a visiting group of musicians how to make their own music by using rhythm and slapping their chests.

 

The children also made a short-animated film about the life of local fishermen assisted by two film makers, Julia and Charles from France.

 

Clara Luna visited Casa Búho, the neighboring community of Machililla children's project, with a puppet show of "Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler during their Halloween/ Day of the Dead celebration. We also had a Halloween party where we made toilet paper mummies.

 

In November we participated in the First Festival of Kites in Puerto Lopez that was organized by Quentin, a friend of Clara Luna (see link below for a video).  For two days prior to the event we assembled recycled plastic bags and wooden sticks into kites of all sizes, shapes and colors. We met on the beach where there was a steady wind and we flew the kites until dark.

On the last Friday of the month we held our "Once upon a Time" -an event where the children become the storytellers and parents assist as the page turners.

 

The children were joyously engaged in all activities during this busy time.

 

 

Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
Reading stories in the park
Reading stories in the park
Halloween mummies
Halloween mummies
Diversity rainbow
Diversity rainbow
Once upon a Time event
Once upon a Time event

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Much of June and early July was devoted to preparation for the annual Olympic games at Clara Luna. We read materials about the core values of the games; Respect,Excellence and Friendship. We took a virtual trip to Greece by plane via a computer simulation. After we "landed" we learned about the culture, foods and people of modern Greece .We also explored stories about the history of the ancient games. The children learned about the origins and goal of promoting peace.We practiced the athletic events of relay running, sprinting, tossing and football for weeks. The two day event was held at a local field where members of the community assisted as announcers, referees and judges. There were many attending spectators comprised of family and friends. Volunteers Laura from Germany and Susanne and Ross from Australia led the teams that represented their countries. Ed and Trish worked with team representing the U.S..Paola led the team fron Ecuador. It was a great success enjoyed by all and a lesson in peaceful cooperation .
In August we were visited by a travelling magician named Nestor Mottta. He read stories of magic to Club de Ninos and performed a show with a fellow magician, Jorge Hamlin for the children, parents and friends of Clara Luna. A special night of Music and Magic was held at Taverne 13 for the benefit of parents, children and the general public.
The English classes learned songs such as " Don't cross the street in the middle of the block" and  "The people on the bus".
We also had crafts activities where we made art inspired by the european artists Matise and Picasso.
Having fun!
Having fun!
On March, Clara Luna planned many activities of Club de Niños during this month around the celebration of courageous and influential women of the world. One source of inspiration and information about heroic women was the book “ Cuentos de Buenas Noches para Niñas Rebeldes “ ( Good Night Tales for
Rebel Girls) by Elenea Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.
This book tells of the extraordinary lives of 100 brave women and, in addition, features the illustrations
of 60 artists from around the world.
Volunteers Marie, Maelle and Yesica read the stories of their lives and their struggles and then the
children illustrated their deeds on posters.
Some of the selected stories featured Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan biologist, environmentalist and the
first African woman to receive the Nobel Prize. She was known as the "Tree Woman" for having promotes the planting of millions of trees.
Policarpa Salavarrieta was a hero and martyr in the Columbian fight for independence from Spain.
The story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head when she returned by bus from the school to
her home was of great interest to the children. The reason for the attack was clear: this 16-year-old girl
had dared to raise her voice to defend rights of girls to be educated. We staged a puppet show that told
the story of her fight for education and the bravery she exhibited.
Volunteers Ed, Dallas and Mercedes continued English lessons with their respective classes.
Once Upon a Time, a monthly program, spotlighted young readers, Flavio, Jaime and Harold, reading
short stories to an audience of parents and peers.
The Disabilities Club learned to make ceviche, cleaning the fish, chopping the ingredients and squeezing
the limes. Then we had a delicious meal. We also went surfing. Many of the participants ventured into
the surf for the first time and discovered that they loved it. Special thank you to Adam and the surf crew
from Ayampe. See the video by Brian Bautista.
March was a busy and fulfilling month at Clara Luna.April at Clara Luna, we had excellent assistance from the volunteers: Maëlle from France, Jana from Germany and Yesica from Colombia.The Children's Club had its registration of new members. We also welcomed all the children and parents who joined the Clara Luna Family during 2018.During Children's Club for the International the Day of Art we featured Willy, the most famous chimp of children's literature. He taught us about classical works of art through Anthony Brown's book "Willy's Paintings". Also, the children were introduced to the French painter Henri Matisse by making his famous “Cutouts” with their own individual interpretations.For Earth Day, the children learned more about respect for nature as we once again we read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. We searched for the lost “Once-ler ", reminding the little ones that through small and simple For Earth Day, the children learned more about respect for nature as we once again we read "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. We searched for the lost “Once-ler ", reminding the little ones that through small and simple actions we can still protect our mother earth.For the Day of the Book, the children of the club were captivated by Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" embarking on an extraordinary trip that will take them to other adventures that are coming soon. We also watched a video of the Beatles song “Yellow Submarine” and learned the chorus in English.
The Teenager’s Club spent several sessions learning about and discussing Emotional Intelligence. 
May at Clara Luna was full of adventures and parties, with the volunteers: Richard and Sara from England, Sarah from Germany and Landy from Ecuador. After the Labor Day holiday, we restarted with more strength and desire to continue working. We started our annual School for Parents program, with sessions on children's rights, advisable discipline and adolescence.
The Children's Club continued traveling with Jules Verne through the books, they embarked on the Nautilus in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "From the Earth to the Moon", two titles that blew the imagination of our little readers to the voice of "We all live in a yellow submarine ..."
Also, we had the first arts festival in Puerto López, FestiArtes 2018, there were: murals painted, a children's reading space, workshops for children, craft fair and art and cultural activities. For a weekend, Puerto López enjoyed this wonderful family and recreational program.   

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Circus activity.
Circus activity.
FestiArtes 2018.
FestiArtes 2018.
Workshop for children at Festiartes.
Workshop for children at Festiartes.
Murals at FestiArtes.
Murals at FestiArtes.

In addition to our regular free reading and story time activities here are some special projects we did in the past three months

December at Clara Luna was all about Human Rights. A We started off with creating a special “Clara Luna Human Rights Bill”. On a big wooden board the kids and their parents signed a declaration with their  Right handprints symbolizing human "rights" in the colors of Ecuador. The declaration said: “Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos (All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights)”. The process of creating the declaration evoked emotions and a sensibility for the importance of maintaining these rights. We also introduced Club De Niños to “Imagine” by John Lennon. Next to listening and signing the song, Paola discovered a book that contained the original lyrics with a Spanish translation and images that illustrated the message of the song and the Human Rights topic.  The following weekend the Jovenes were part of a project that was created by “Mingas por el mar”, an Ecuadorian organization that cleans up beaches on the entire coast of Ecuador and provides information about how trash, especially plastic, threatens the vitality of our oceans and its biodiversity in general. The teenagers, Paola, the Mingas por el mar team, other volunteers from Puerto Lopez, and me met in the morning on Saturday. We started off with a small presentation about what happens with trash after it is irresponsibly disposed into the ocean and how it ends up being part of every organism in the water in the shape of micro plastic particles. The moral of the presentation was to especially prevent the usage of unnecessary plastic products. Afterwards we gathered and walked along the beach of Puerto Lopez to collect trash. It was interesting and alarming at the same time: most of the trash were the “unnecessary plastic products” we were taught about – things like plastic bags, toothbrushes, cups, straws, and of course candy wrappings. At the end we sorted the trash to put it onto a wall at the beach front that we had painted blue before. When you walk by this work of art automatically catches the eye and makes one aware of the two problems we all have to faces and solve: how do we create less trash and how do we dispose it responsibly.

 January after the Christmas break we dove into the world of magic. The magic was amusing not only for the kids, but also for the volunteers. Ed, Lino, Paola, and Nina very enthusiastically practiced magic tricks, which they can presented to the kids. We became proper magicians and even amazed each other with our magical abilities.

The children from the “Club the de Niños” read by themselves, as usual, then Paola read them a related story about magic. Afterwards it was time for the show by our magicians. One after the other we showed our tricks; Lino had some card tricks, Ed had the magic two-dollar bill and the magic coins, Paola made the coins disappear and reappear and Nina had the magic flying bottle and the magic spoon. Wow, you should have seen the faces of the kids!!! Amazing! They were completely shocked, sitting there with their mouth wide open! We said, Mission Completed!With the “Club de Jóvenes” we looked at the subject evolution. We explained evolution to them, showed them videos and got them to know Charles Darwin and his evolution theory inspired by the Galapagos Islands.

 To finish our magical month, we got totally bedazzled by the laughs, smiles and energy of the disabled kids during the surf lesson, simply magical!!!

 February began with the Popular Consultation Vote in Clara Luna. Every member of Clara Luna got an ID card for the  “Republic of Clara Luna” and secret ballots on which they voted yes or no on seven questions concerning future activities of the foundation.  Ex: Would you like to meet an author?  Yes!!  This activity paralleled an actual Ecuadorian vote where the population voted on constitutional amendments.

 To celebrate Darwin’s birthday , we did activities about evolution.  From the book “Grandmother Fish”, we did all together a big evolution tree. The volunteers, Ed, Nina, Yesica and Marina had fun preparing the activity.With the help of a Peruvian art therapist,  Luciana,  the Children’s Club also did some theatre. We all became fishes, monkeys, dolphins…After that, we read a story about Darwin’s life and told it, then played it.

On a  rainy day, after carnival, a motivated group went to clean the beach in an event sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior and Conservation International. Together we collected hundreds of pounds of trash. We all want to protect our planet and our cousin animals. Good job!The Disabilities Club worked on the conservation theme, and they also went to surf twice on Thursdays! They were great afternoons, because of the beautiful sun and special help from Adam and the surf crew from Ayampe.

 This month is also the beginning of Rainbow Days. With the kids between 10 and 12, we are doing activities to improve self-esteem. Now, we can say: ¡Yo soy! ¡Yo puedo! ¡Yo tengo! ¡Yo haré! ¡Yo creo! ……I am! I can! I have! I will! I believe!

 The Youth Club talked about sexual education. It was a really interesting exchange with the teenagers. They know a lot of things, but they are sometimes confused because of what they can see on movies. On Saturday, after el club, Yesica teached us acro yoga on the beach. The kids loved that and they planed to do it each Tuesday.

Kid
Kid's Club Referendum
Beach cleaning
Beach cleaning
Environmental Mural Painting
Environmental Mural Painting
Tagging who I am
Tagging who I am
What a blast!
What a blast!
Christmas time
Christmas time
 

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Location: Puerto Lopez, Manabi - Ecuador
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Paola Martínez
Puerto Lopez, Manabi Ecuador

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