Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal

by Lan Vwa Inc
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Help Launch a Preschool in the Village of Joconal
Graduation
Graduation

The new school year is off to a great start! Our students, current and graduated, are settling into their third week of school. In October 2019, we graduated six students from our preschool program. They were all sad to leave us, but are getting comfortable in their first grade class at the elementary school.

Thanks to the preschool in Joconal, these students are starting first grade prepared to learn the curriculum for first grade. Prior to our preschool, students would enter first grade without knowing their ABC’s, numbers, or how to hold a pencil. That would create a need for remediation, and the first grade teacher would have to cover everything they should have learned in preschool thru Kindergarten along with first grade. This left the students in Joconal years behind. That is not the case anymore. Our graduates are starting first grade with all of the above and much more. We look forward to seeing how their learning improves throughout the years.

Back at our school, the preschool students started the year with parent meetings and brand new school supplies. One student in particular was very excited to join us this year. Aslin was enrolled to start school in January 2019, but was unable to attend school due to a sickness that she was struggling with. She wanted to start school so badly last year. Thankfully, she is doing much better and is ready to join the fun. She is one of our oldest students and will only be with us for a year. She is a determined little girl, so we know that this will be a great year with her.

We love watching these students grow, but could not do it without your support. Thank you for giving these students the opportunity for a better future.

Girls at graduation
Girls at graduation
Aslin with her supplies.
Aslin with her supplies.
First week of class
First week of class
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As we head into October, our preschool and kindergarten students are winding down for the year. It is hard to believe that our second year is coming to a close. This year six students will graduate from our Kindergarten and make the move into first grade. It has been incredible watching these students grow over the past two years. When the students started two years ago, many of them did not know how to hold a pencil. Now, they can read short sentences and identify two digit numbers.

To finish the year, our students are learning about the universe. Some of them have never left Joconal. They had no idea what a planet was. It has been very exciting teaching them about the sun, moon, and planets. We’ll be sure to share more about their reaction to space as we move through the curriculum.

Before beginning our lesson on space, we taught the students about various community helps professions. The kids learned about firefighters, doctors, nurses, and teachers just to name a few. We were excited to share this with our young students, so they could begin to think about what they want to be when they grow up. Our student, Abigail, was amazed to learn about doctors. She told us that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Knowing Abigail, we have no doubt that she will be an incredible doctor, and we are blessed to support her along the way.

Thank you for all your support!

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As you may have seen, our Preschoolers are loving the education life! We have been working closely with Flory Simons, a Curriculum Builder and an Educator in Arizona, to develop the best curriculum possible to support our Preschool Teacher, Juanita, and provide her with all the tools she needs to help the students learn. Students have been learning more about numbers, letters and colors.

Our Kindergarteners are learning how to read and write numbers with two digits. We're also excited to report that the students are working on psychomotor learning. Psychomotor learning is the relationship between cognitive functions and physical movement. Students work on physical skills/actions such as movement, coordination, strength, speed—which demonstrate the fine or gross motor skills, such as use of precision instruments or tools, and walking. Watching our students grow and develop is what keeps us going.

With each class, comes a different challenge. This year we had a student join that program that was not thrilled to be in school. Osmar did not listen or show respect in the classroom. He just was not interested in learning. Over the first half of the school year, he has made a complete change. He is a joy to have in class. He listens and participates in class, and he even discovered a join for music. His parents have said that he is a totally different kid at home. We are excited to see how he continues to grow.

Thank you for all your support!

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We are pleased to announce that our second year of preschool classes will begin this week! These students can’t wait to get started. They have been watching the older kids in the village getting to attend our school and now it is finally their turn. They have seen our students come back from school excited about what they have learned, and that has created in them an eagerness for the same experience.

One of those students who graduated from preschool last year is Rodin. Even at this young age, he is a very serious student, as he hardly ever smiles in the classroom. (He saves that for playing soccer with his friends.) His approach is working though, because he is able to write all of the letters of the alphabet, and his first and last name. Rodin was one of our students who were very interested in reading. The desire to become a young reader, along with his studiousness, has produced the hoped for result. He can read many words, and he loves to take books out of our library to read to his family in the evening. His parents are thrilled with his learning, and they have already enrolled him in first grade. We are all confident that he will excel as he continues his schooling, but we plan on checking up on him so that he gets the same experience as he had with us in preschool.

Rodin’s experience is what makes this so special. And thanks to a lot of hard work, and donations from people like you, this experience is the standard, not the exception. Thank you for all you do to help make this possible!

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Helen with her telephone
Helen with her telephone

Our first year of preschool is quickly coming to a close. We have watched the students learn and grow. Over the past couple months, they have moved far beyond their ABC’s. They are learning about all the types of transportation. In science, they are learning about the process of plants. In language arts, they are learning new vocabulary and the parts of a story. Thanks to support from the community and volunteers, our students have learned so much.

Our teacher, Juanita, and volunteer, Flory, have been working with the kids to make sure they are all ready for next year, especially the students moving into 1st grade. Flory has volunteered her years of experience as a PHD in Education to make sure Juanita is meeting standards with each and every one of our students. With help from a parent volunteer each day, our students are receiving an incredible education. There are so many investing in the education of these kids.

One of those people is a dedicated grandmother. Isabel lives at the top of a mountain with her children and grandchildren about 25 minutes from our preschool. One of those grandchildren, Helen, is in our kindergarten class, so Isabel walks her granddaughter to school and picks her up every day, while Helen’s parents work.

At the beginning of the school year Helen was struggling in school. She began school with a disability that caused her to struggle with the reading exercises. Early on, our teachers were concerned that her disability would prevent her from progressing. Helen’s mother was worried, but that didn’t stop Isabel from making that hike every day to get little Helen to school. This persistence paid off.

In just 5 months, Helen was not just reading, but has memorized and recited the Guatemalan pledge of allegiance in class. To put just how incredible that is into perspective, many students graduating from 6th grade struggle with memorizing the pledge. The words are advanced and hard to pronounce, but Helen can rattle it off perfectly. None of the teachers would have guessed that Helen would be the student to excel.

We are confidently sending her to 1st grade next year certain that she will thrive in school. There have been many people that have played a part in that success. I hope you know that you are one of those people. Thank you for being a part of their story!

One of the parents volunteering
One of the parents volunteering
Having fun at school
Having fun at school
Junita with the students
Junita with the students
More fun at school
More fun at school
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Lan Vwa Inc

Location: Asheville, NC - USA
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Kelly Waugaman
Asheville, NC United States

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