Having a blast working with numbers!
Hi everybody! It’s been a busy start to the year, but it’s been a lot of fun so far. We’ve been working hard and diligently with our students trying to teach them in a way that’s understanding, fun and effective. Even though the number of days in the school year may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, time has flown by! Our kids have already learned a lot and are eager to continue to learn more.
In the different schools that we have, all of our teachers strive to come to class early and teach in a creative manner using our special curriculum. In regards to our “Star Book” series, each teacher works from our original activity guide, designed to get the most out of each and every book and spark a love for learning in our students. While these activities are outlined in a clear manner for the teacher to use, our teachers’ creativity is more than welcomed and often put to the test. If they think that they came up with a better activity than the one that put in the book, we want them to try it out and if it works we’ll add it to the program!
Aside from learning about numbers and insects with the help of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or wild animals in From Head to Toes, or colors in Harold and the Purple Crayon, many of our schools have begun teaching the vowels. Our teachers also make sure that students develop their fine motor skills by either using playdough to for different hand exercises, making works of art out of balled up tissue paper, cutting with scissors and or teaching proper technique for writing and drawing. The progress is undeniable. Our kids are drawing outside of the lines less often and are more creative every day.
We’ve also spent time teaching about our bodies and the importance of taking care of ourselves. We’ve worked on discussing water and just how important it is to all of us. During the physical education portion of class, we try to hone our children’s equilibrium and overall coordination through different games and activities. We have a lot more to teach and more ideas that we’d love to discuss with you all, but we’ll save that for next month. Thank you for your support of our program and our children; they’re the future of our country.
We’d also like to give a special thank you to Dailen from Global Giving who recently came along for a visit to two of our classrooms in the communities of Los Izotes and San Antonio in Santo Domingo Xencoj. Thank you Dailen and Global Giving for your support!
Making a puzzle out of the human body
Some children can already recognize the vowels
Dailen from Global Giving at the Los Izotes school