Planting Seeds, Growing Dreams: A Year of Growth with Your Support!
By Mishel Mussali | Director of Development
Thanks to your support, Planting Seeds' preschoolers in Guatemala are thriving, and we want to share the impact you've made possible this year:
Our students are immersed in fun and interactive learning experiences, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of education.
Each child in our schools gets to borrow a kit of children's books every month, fostering a love for reading at home with their families.
The caregivers of our students continue to receive valuable training, empowering them to best support their children's education. We're delighted to hear heartwarming stories of parents reading books with their children before bedtime!
Through our "Playing with my kid" program, we are strengthening family bonds, creating lasting connections between parents and their little ones.
Our little learners are ensured healthy meals during school days, a crucial element for their growth and overall development.
This year we worked with 360 students in our early childhood programs, marking a significant milestone. And we are excited to keep expanding our impact in 2024!
Every year, at our graduation ceremony, we remember all the donors that make this important job possible. Would you like to meet some of the Planting Seeds preschoolers that graduated this year and will continue their journey in primary school next year? Watch this video!
Your continuos support is making a real difference in the lives of Guatemalan children.
Thank you for caring for others, and for partnering with us to continue bringing social justice to marginalized communities in Guatemala. You are an integral part of the Planting Seeds family.
Nurturing Early Learning Through Play and Parent-Child Connections
By Planting Seeds International | Project Leader
Time has certainly flown by at our preschools, and it's incredible to think that we're already halfway through the year. Our students have been learning and growing a lot!
In this update, we want to highlight not only the impact of our programs but also the crucial role of child-parent bonding during early childhood.
The Playing with My Kid Program is designed to foster strong parent-child bonds while facilitating learning through play, this initiative has been a source of joy and growth for families. Following school hours, students and parents are welcome to immerse themselves in the world of play. Families are encouraged to stay for a little longer after classes to use our facilities, toys, and materials and play with their children. Beyond the sheer enjoyment, this program equips parents with invaluable skills to integrate play and learning into every interaction with their children.
Research has consistently shown that the early years of a child's life are a critical period for brain development, and strong parent-child relationships play a crucial role in shaping a child's cognitive, emotional, and social growth. Engaging in play with their children not only brings about laughter and fun but also creates a secure and nurturing environment where learning thrives.
We are happy to share that our evaluation surveys show that 97.3% of parents from our San Lucas preschool express feeling confident supporting their children's education. We are also proud to share that 83% of mothers are playing and stimulating their children at home regularly. Moreover, we have found that 82.5% of parents are reading with their children at home on a regular basis. This practice not only enhances language and literacy skills but also provides precious moments of bonding and exploration through storytelling.
As we continue to witness the positive outcomes of these initiatives, we are reminded of the profound impact that active and loving parental involvement can have on a child's early development. Through play and shared experiences, parents are not only building cherished memories but also providing their children with a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.
At Planting Seeds, we believe in empowering communities through education, however we know that our students and their families need more comprehensive support to grow brighter futures. That's why we've expanded our preschool programs to provide wraparound services such as parent training, book-lending and nutrition programs among others, so our students and their families are better equipped to learn and grow, both at home and in school. We are committed to making a positive impact in rural communities throughout Guatemala. Watch this video to learn more about how we're transforming lives and shaping brighter futures for the next generation! Thank you for your support!
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