We have officially started our classes!
We are very excited and happy to be able to start another year!
We started preparing our Teacher Facilitators in January. We did our first training with the objective of having ready facilitators to receive our children.
Our classes have started! Our 27 Magic Classrooms are open! And we have welcomed many wonderful, shy, and eager children into our Magic Classrooms. We are expecting to welcome more than 325 preschoolers, 4, 5, and 6-year-olds.
We are starting with 27 Magic Classrooms, distributed in Quiché, Sololá, Santa Rosa, and Huehuetenango, Guatemala. We have 27 young Facilitator teachers and 3 Community Coordinators in our team, ready and excited to share and care for our children.
During this year, we will be sharing with you everything that is happening in our program!
Thank you for being with us!
Aula Mágica Guatemala
Magical Classroom Methodology
Aula Mágica uses the Active methodology, which consists of a set of methods, techniques, and strategies that put the child at the center of learning, making them more autonomous and participative.
With the Active Methodology, we facilitate an education provides children with a pleasant working environment and innovative, participatory, dynamic, fun, meaningful, and active learning. It also seeks to implement different methods inside and outside the classroom, which are adapted to the subjects taught, the child's age, and the pace of teaching-learning. The alternative methods we use are:
- Montessori: the child can explore freely and discover from their curiosity and experiences with different didactic activities, including numbers and letters.
- Waldorf: we promote manual and artistic skills, contact with nature, and wholesome values.
- Learning based on thinking: we work with the children to develop critical thinking.
- Project method: This is carried out through spaces called “learning corners” such as reading corner, block corner, art corner, numbers and letters corner, music corner, and art corner, in which different activities can be explored, and where the children can experiment with various recycled and natural materials.
- Alphabetic and phonetic methods: we integrate the alphabet to learn vowels and consonants, as well as the sound, image, and movement of each letter.
- Newark method or story method: a story is read in each class, supporting the child's curiosity and imagination, and awakening a love for reading in which rhymes, games, tongue twisters, dramatizations, and reading comprehension are integrated.
-Star method: learning sounds and tracing letters of the alphabet.
-CNB (National Core Curriculum) AND Creative CURRICULUM: both curricula are combined so that facilitators have pedagogical tools providing the necessary content to encourage and support children, helping them to be successful, creative thinkers and achievers, and offering practical opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Among the strategies integrated into the program are small experiments, magic words, learning through play, educational audio, implementation of technology, and fine and gross motor techniques.
The benefits of the Active Methodology for the children of Aula Mágica are: a greater motivation for learning and for new information, the acquisition of new cognitive, social, and emotional skills, encouraging curiosity and imagination, developing motor and language skills, and fostering autonomy. In this way, we help children to be successful and become thinking, creative and confident children. The methodology is implemented and adapted according to each community's social and cultural context in the departments where we are currently working. Our facilitators become guides of learning, who use concrete experiences to create an education that is meaningful and effective.
Aula Mágica Guatemala/ Magical Classroom Guatemala
Closing of the 2022 school year
In Aula Mágica, Guatemala, we are delighted and satisfied to have completed another year, especially we are grateful to all our Donors, Collaborators, Coordinators, Facilitators and Friends! They have made 2022 a phenomenal year.
Some of our accomplishments:
-We served over 395 preschool children from January to December.
-We worked in the impoverished areas of Quiché, Huehuetenango, Sololá, and Santa Rosa, Guatemala.
-We work throughout the year with 33 young Facilitators and Coordinators.
-We distributed food to our Facilitators.
-We had 30 Classrooms working
-Each one of our 30 classrooms has a water-purifying filter.
-Our children received every day, for 12 months, a vitamin supplement "Chispudito" atole, and many more achievements...
Next year, we hope to continue working and to continue providing high-quality preschool education in rural areas that are in need in Guatemala.
Thanks to each of you for being with us during these 12 months!
See you next year, 2023! and Happy new year, 2023!
Aula Mágica Guatemala
Following our classes which have run from January to October, in November we started our holiday school that ended 16th December, 2022.
This is the second consecutive year when we have offered our holiday school for all of our children.
One of the principal aims of the holiday school is to keep our children active. We all know that when children have too much free time at their disposal, they become bored. They need to transfer this energy into something useful, but it also needs to be something enjoyable and that benefits themselves.
Taking this into consideration, our holiday school has become a fantastic alternative for our children during the holiday period. It’s proved an opportunity for children to continue their learning, and ensured that they have been entertained and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Thank you to everyone for thinking of us!
With great appreciation,
Magical Classroom Guatemala
In October, we finished our school year! In January, we started our classes, and since then, every day we provide education to all our children, a total of 372 children of preschool age, is the number of children we have this year. We are happy to see in our children all the educational advances in their knowledge and social attitude! During these months, they have learned many things that, for each of our children, is the basis of their education and that will serve them for life: they learned interest in reading, emotions, communication, physical skills, letters and numbers, values, interest in the environment, stimulate creativity, among other important points.
Thank you all for being aware of our program! And to each of our donors a sincere thank you: Go Philanthropic, Miracles in Action, The Mathile, Go Campaign, Project Quetzal, Let Hope Begin HG, GlobalGiving, and individuals!
Now! We continue with our "Vacation School" that begins on November 7 and ends on December 15. We'll write to you soon how it's going!
See you soon!
Magical Classroom Guatemala
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.
We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.
Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.Start a Fundraiser