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After school programs to inspire children & youth

by Fundacion Clara Luna
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

These lasts few months have been quite busy with the registration of new kids, curious, full of imagination and energy. The “older” kids are proud to be the one able to explain and the new ones quickly integrated to the group.

This month was the birthday of Anthony Brown, one of Clara Luna’s favorite writer, so we spend the month reading his books, especially his version of King-Kong. Since the book is large, we split it into 4 parts and read it through 2 weeks. Erveyday, the children had to try and imagine what would happen next, and you can see their imagination does not have boarders.

This book had so much success that we decided to work on it with the teenagers. They had to read it out loud to practice their oral expression, and they finished it in a day!

To continue our partnership with a French association, Yanapanaku, the teenager’s group, that did a “crepes” recipe, made thanks to a video from the French teenagers prepared a video explaining how to make a ceviche, a typical dish from the Ecuadorian coast. We are looking forward to receive the video of them trying to cook this dish !

At the beginning of the months, the children took part with their parents to the closing session of the program “escuela para padres” (school for parents). A big game in teams was organized with questions, games, challenges such as dancing competitions. It was amazing to see families compete against one another and parents having at least as much fun as the kids.

See you soon !

In March we were visited by a second group of volunteers from the Solidarite Sud that helped initiate the Month of the Woman. International Woman's day was celebrated on March 8th by reading stories of accomplished women in history ranging in scope from the artist Frida Kahlo , the American computer pioneer Grace Hopper and botanist Barbara McClintock, who studied human genes. Maria Sibylla Merian a 17th century German woman who observed and classified the metamorphosis of insects was also featured. A craft activity followed her biographic reading that explained the change from caterpillar to butterfly.

We also read "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf" by Road Dalh and presented a puppet show adapted from the book.

In April we held an overnight camp for the children at a retreat facility in the neighboring community of Salango. In collaboration with two other local organizations, Casa Buho and Crisfe about forty children spent a few days participating in a GLOW-BRO Camp.( Girls Leading Our World – Boys Respecting Others). The campers explored many aspects of their approaching adolescence such as the physical and emotional changes they may experience. The camp gave the participants an opportunity to bond with others outside their immediate family. For most them it was the first time they spent nights away from home. Volunteers Pauline ,Walter ,Sarah ,Ed ,Lobo, Lily and Trish  lead and participated in workshops that covered subjects from bullying to anatomy.

For April's Book of Month we read "A Child of Books" by Oliver Jeffers in our twice weekly Children's Club then each child wrote their own book explaining their life story.The next week we read "The Incredible Boy eating books" the story of Enrique, a boy who loved books and ate them to absorb their knowledge .

 In May we continued our outreach to the small village of Rio Blanco bringing stories and activities to their one room school. We read a story about a caterpillar’s changing  and made paper butterflies as the activity.

Club de Ninos made posters and marched in costumes during the opening parade of the second annual Festi Arte of Puerto Lopez. Clara Luna was represented by a book tent where all children could sit on mats and read or be read to during the three day weekend. The children partook in classes on illustration, water coloring and chalk drawing. It was a very productive time at Clara Luna.

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.
 

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Fundacion Clara Luna

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

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