We are very happy and satisfied to finish another year, at the same time also sad to say goodbye to our 6 year old boys, who next year begin their first grade of primary school.
We have had very good results in all our schools, as we told you at the beginning of the year, we set ourselves the goal of improving more and using the Learning Centers in a more effective way; And thanks to that we meet our goals.
The support of the Parents certainly played a very important role in the education of their children, the support and help they provided to each of our teachers served a lot for the community and each of its families.
This year we closed children in the 23 schools, we got 6-year-olds to learn to read, write, count, add, subtract, etc ... In the training we had in July, it also helped us to improve the use of the Centers of Learning; the changes in children were quite noticeable both in their development and in their attitude. They developed very well the 4 developments of the Creative Curriculum (Socioemotional, Physical, Cognitive and Linguistic), this made it possible for them to learn to defend their rights, respect and take care of each of the materials and the environment in each corner; to play with their peers without problem, follow instructions and routines in class, and demonstrate safety and independence when making decisions.
I think that this year we accomplished a lot and we hope to continue next year, that is why we thank all the sponsors and people who support us every year with their donations; the truth is that they are not only contributing to improve the education of children, but also to improve their life and that of their family, but especially for the country.
Thank you thank you very much…
For the other year we have the goal of reaching more rural areas in the different departments in the country, but for this we will need your support and collaboration. We hope to fulfill it and continue providing quality education for the children of Guatemala.
This has been everything for this year, we hope to tell you more about our activities and adventures.
See you soon…
"Freedom is something that is earned and obtained, not given away"
Guatemala is a very cultural country and full of traditions, that is why we want to tell you all about the activities that our teachers carried out, regarding the Independence Day. This year 198 years of independence were completed, which indicates that we are close to reaching 100.
September is known as the patriotic month, since most of the activities carried out during this month have to do with the date of independence. We also take the opportunity to teach you more about the culture of the country, the symbols that represent the country, history and civics.
Most of our teachers perform a parade or civic walk, on a theme of conscience or that has to do with independence, in their community. In the images you will notice what I am talking about here.
Children learn more about the variety of ethnicities and people we inhabit in this country, also about the symbols that represent the country; as they are: the Ceiba, the Monja Blanca, the Escudo, the Quetzal, the Marimba, the Flag and Tecún Umán; a brave man who fought against Don Pedro de Alvarado, for his people and thus achieve independence.
We had to use a lot of imagination and creativity to carry out the activities for this month, for example: some of our teachers made crafts on symbols, worksheets and other posters in small groups to have a better learning.
Fathers and Mothers also participated and supported their children in these activities, without a doubt their help was also key to get the children to develop better. The children of the community of Cerritos in Patzicía-Chimaltenango, had a lot of fun and will be able to notice in the images how the mothers supported our teacher and how creative she was with her children ...
Guatemala is a multicultural and multicultural country, which has beautiful landscapes; That is why we invite everyone to visit this beautiful country, so they can enjoy biodiversity. And of course you can appreciate all this, when visiting our children and teachers in each of their communities, please do so, and you will notice the need and support we need to continue teaching and training good children; so they have a better future ...
Well this has been all for this time, in our next report we will write to you as we close the school year.
See you soon.
It's amazing how the years go by, and I can't believe we've reached workshop number ten; training our teachers with the best techniques, ideas and methodologies for better development and better education in our children. I am very happy for the progress we have made as a team in Lets be ready and we also recognize that we still have a lot to do, but we are trying ...
Let me tell you that in the last week of July we had our tenth training workshop with teachers, which was titled Professional Growth. It was very dynamic and instructive, we all shared our ideas and learned a lot from each other.
The central theme of this workshop was "Learning Centers", as many of us need to learn more about the interaction, learning, results and importance of using them in our classroom. For this part we make groups to make an exhibition on each of the centers, using as a base the information and ideas that the Creative Curriculum gives us. All teachers made a very good presentation about the centers and at the same time we remember and learned a lot about what we should do with our children when using them. “Personally, this issue had a great impact on me, because one is not perfect to do everything at face value, but striving and trying to follow those instructions not only in me but in my children has a better effect on what we do and want to achieve ”
We also remember important points such as: having a well-organized calendar so that our children learn to be so and always plan their activities in the day, month and even in the year, of course in the future; We saw the importance of recycling with any type of material for any activity we do. Professor Edwin López showed us a model class of what we can teach with respect to Music, such as musical notes and instruments in their different classifications. On the topic of Early Stimulation we focus on the importance of crawling and crawling, as many of our children in different communities, it is impressive but they do not go through this stage; so it was very interesting to know that if they didn't do it when they were babies, we can still do it as teachers to do it for a better development; This presentation was in charge of Lidia Bacajol and Lucrecia Yos experts in the subject and very good teachers.
It was a week of new ideas, techniques, methods and important changes that we are already making. All this work and effort would not have been possible without the participation of all our teachers, our dear Principal Sara Tun, but above all for our Adviser Mercedes Morales who, with her experience, her good advice and her love for education makes it possible for us to have a well organized workshop with the topics we need, to improve as an organization and as teachers.
This is the most important thing I had to tell you, I hope you like our ideas and what we do for our children. All this work we do for our children, would not be possible without their donations, that is why we thank them for the support they give us, they really help us a lot.
Thank you so much.
As we have already told you in our past reports, the nutrition program is sponsored by the Mathile Foundation, which provides consulting services and a fortified nutritional drink containing proteins and 21 essential vitamins and minerals; better known as CHISPUDITOS for our children.
Last month we had the pleasant visit of two members of the Mathilde Foundation (Clay and Tim), who visited the school of Los Izotes in San Juan Sacatepéquez; the objective of the visit was that the members of the foundation and the team of chispuditos knew how both education and nutrition programs work in that community, and how the mothers support the preparation of the atol, as well as the children consume it daily .
The teachers Lidia and Margarita who work in this community, the children gave them a very good reception. They showed a model class to Clay and Timothy with the theme of Animal Classification, read a story about animals and last they made an animal with recyclable material, which greatly amused the children.
When the meal was over, the mothers prepared the drink, Clay and Tim served the children their atol as well as the supplement, which was a peeled orange with a ground nugget.
In the end the teachers, the children and Fred expressed their gratitude for the donation made by this foundation with the drink Chispuditos.
It was a very encouraging visit both for Lets Be Beady and the program CHISPUDITOS as it was more closely appreciated as the children enjoy their atol and how this helps them in their education.
"As a teacher, I have experienced how this nutritious drink (Chispuditos), during these two years of testing has helped our children to be more ready and prepared to learn and have a better nutrución. I think that in the most rural communities the advances of the children have been more noticeable because the boys are more prepared to be successful and to be healthy "
An image describes more than a thousand words, so in the photos below you will appreciate more about the visit and the activities described above (sorry for the definition of some photos)...
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Hello! To all, It is a pleasure to write again and show you what our teachers do.
The activities you will read in this report are based on the report of one of our teachers in Santo Domingo Xenacoj, she is Gloria who is a very active and creative teacher in everything she does; as you will notice in the following activities that she did in her class.
Her children have advanced very well with the issue of numbers, for example they learned the number 7,8,9 and 10 doing the stroke, having a sequence of the following numbers and the amount they represent; they learned various activities such as the airplane game where they follow the sequence of numbers from 0 to 10. These numbers are the fundamental basis for children's learning.
As far as letters have been able to see which are the lowercase and uppercase vowels, identify the letter and make the stroke of these; with 6 year olds she performs dictations.In small groups they have worked on how to tie shoelaces since most of them have trouble doing this.
She coordinated with the health post closest to the community, to have an exhibition or talk about the care of the lungs. This was done so that families and children and their families would notice the importance of taking care of them to prevent tuberculosis; this activity was done by the day of Tuberculosis.
To celebrate the day of the water, they became aware of taking care of it and a handicraft with a balloon making a drop of water as a symbol of not spending a lot of water at home.
Finally, to make better the tracings of letters and numbers, the children made a sensory bag, this also with the aim of working fine motor skills.
These are some of the activities Gloria performs in her class, they are simple, fun and instructive for children; as you will see in the following images.
In the next report we will tell you more about what other activities are done by other teachers. Greetings to all.
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