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These are the children of Miss Gloria
These are the children of Miss Gloria

On Wednesday, September 12th, I was able to visit the Pequeños Pero Listos school in Santo Domingo Xenacoj, Guatemala, with the program’s director, Sara Bacajol. We arrived in time for the students’ gathering to learn about the day in the Mayan calender, 2 B’atz. Their teacher, Miss Gloria, excitedly explained the meaning of the different candles, colors, and grains being used in the special ceremony. She expressed how the gathering is meant to represent a start of a new time, and also to remember their past, whether direct grandparents or long-away ancestry. General background states that B’atz in Mayan astrology is meant to represent life, and is based on the Mayan god of creation, B’atz. The children’s energetic excitement and willingness to learn was clear, as they all answered each question in unison as Miss Gloria continued her presentation and encouraged their participation.

 

Afterwards, the children put on a show of some beautiful dances in their own traditional outfits from home. Their skirts and vests were bright and colorful, as their shoes tapped away and their hair bounced with detailed ribbons woven through.  We watched and cheered as they danced in pairs and group circles to upbeat marimba music, giggling and smiling for our photos. Everyone took turns and cheered on their classmates, happily helping their teacher with the music and applauses after each skit. We were even able to hear some solo singers and clever riddles for the class as a mini talent show ensued.

 

Next we were able to enjoy an amazing home-cooked dish prepared by some of the mothers. “Pulique de pollo,” a Mayan meal, is a delicious meat and vegetable stew served with fresh tortillas and tamales. The students all pulled their chairs up to the awaiting tables and happily listened as the mothers explained what the pulique was made of and why it takes skill and patience to cook. It was worth the wait; we all thanked the mothers for the wonderful meal and the students for sharing their unique day with us. After our warm meal and hot drinks, we had to say goodbye to the children. I was so thankful to be invited to their special day in school, and I hope to bring you more stories of these visits in the near future.

(Written by Arisa Gereda)

Presenting a traditional dance
Presenting a traditional dance
We learned a new way of stimulation
We learned a new way of stimulation

Hello everyone, we are very happy to greet you and tell you about our experiences, activities and the development we have every month with our children, it is a great pleasure.

We are very satisfied and happy for the work we have done so far; the children have had very good progress and achievements with the methods learned at the beginning of the year. That is why we will share what we learned in our last training at the end of July, which some teachers are already putting into practice.

We learned different activities and exercises that we can do with our children, stimulating gross motor skills; making them always from the easy to the difficult so that the results are more effective. Betzabé Tun is one of our star teachers and who was in charge of teaching us this topic, it was fun to do them because she is very enthusiastic and active in her work.

Lucy Diaz also made a very good presentation about "THE STAR BOOKS" she made us reminders of the activities that we must do with these books, she also showed us new ideas of how to read and how to make reading more interesting; for example: to tell a story it is not always necessary to use a book, we can use images of some characters or objects to make a new story, to this activity we can add a gabacha to paste the images. In this way children awaken their imagination more.

In Guatemala we use a Curriculum called Base National Curriculum, which serves as a guide to plan our classes and know what we have to teach. So we thought it important to read and analyze some parts of this book that we often do not pay attention to or take for granted that we are doing it. We had a very interesting debate about Significant Learning, the correct classroom setting and how the affective climate should be in the classroom; which we believe will help us a lot to practice it.

Something that I think helped us a lot to get closer or in other words, to strengthen our relationship as colleagues and friends, was that we did a very emotional activity called "life experience"; where we hear how some teachers have had a very difficult life but despite the obstacles they have never said they can not. Some have gone through economic, health, and work problems; but in spite of that they do not surrender because the goal is to make the change not only in children but also in the world. This part was very beautiful because we knew our friends better, which made us all see ourselves as a family; with whom we can count at any time that we need.

These have been some of the most outstanding activities that we carried out in the Professional Growth 8 workshop.

I hope you like them and I can not wait to tell you what we are doing for the other month...

We learned a new way of telling a story
We learned a new way of telling a story
Here we painted a foot to put it on a sheet
Here we painted a foot to put it on a sheet
They received a book for their responsibility
They received a book for their responsibility
This is the group of teachers this year
This is the group of teachers this year
They are the ladies who attended the workshop
They are the ladies who attended the workshop

Hello everyone!
As always it is a pleasure and a privilege to inform them of what we are doing and we want to reach with our Let's be Ready guys. I also want to apologize for not having written before, but these last two months we have had many activities and trainings, with students and teachers ...

  • First I want to tell you that our Director SARA TUN, organized a workshop in the San Antonio Village in Xenacoj, in the school of that community; for ladies of the basic level; with the aim of discovering themselves on who I am? What are the changes that all women have when developing, because it is necessary to have precautions and certain cares with our body; and how they can deal with all those changes. All the ladies participated and the parents were grateful for having talked about these issues, since in that very rural community in which many families still find it difficult to talk about these issues with their daughters.

 

  • As a second point, I want to tell you that we had the pleasant visit of our dear sponsors, WILLIAM AND JANICE, they visited the Elba school in Patzicía; They were very excited for the visit they made and satisfied with the work our teacher is doing in that community. They were sharing with the children and reading stories, and that was precisely the surprise they made. They made a donation of very funny and interesting books to the children of the school, for their library corner.

 

  • Finally, all the teachers of Let's be Ready had a workshop on June 21 in Xenacoj; which was given by a person named Claudia Acevedo who is part of an organization called "ACTORAS DE CAMBIO". This organization defends both the rights of women and of people who have had the bad experience of going through some type of abuse, whether of freedom or sexual abuse. The workshop was about how in some parts of our country there are still very bad people who abuse the freedom of people, we saw some experiences of people who went through sexual abuse and how they managed to overcome that bad experience and what we can do now if we do not want this to remain part of our children's future. It was very interesting and made us raise awareness to be more interested in the welfare of our children and be more observant in case someone is going through a situation like this ...

That's all for now, our second "professional growth" training is approaching, that's what we'll talk about next month. It was a pleasure to share this information ...

Until next time.

Activity about artistic expression with the ladies
Activity about artistic expression with the ladies
William and Janice happy! to be with the children
William and Janice happy! to be with the children
This story was very interesting for them...
This story was very interesting for them...
Claudia giving the workshop on sexual abuse
Claudia giving the workshop on sexual abuse
The tree made with dry leaves
The tree made with dry leaves

First of all, I want to mention that we are very grateful, happy and satisfied for all the work that is taking place in our schools. All teachers are striving more and more to teach everything necessary for the education of children, with the aim of giving them a better future, but not only to them but to the community; and even the environment.


¡The future of the Planet is in our hands! With this phrase we manage to make children and families aware of our planet; due to the celebration of Earth Day, last April 22. A date that should not only be celebrated once a year, but always, because if we all cared for the planet, we would live in a better world.

All the teachers carried out different types of activities for this special day since at the beginning of the year we set ourselves the goal of doing something for the environment, for example, in the community of San Juan del Obispo: Paola spent a week teaching them the importance of taking care of the earth, so they picked up trash in the streets, sowed seeds, made a tree with dry leaves and a heart representing the love we must feel for the most beautiful planet in which we live.

In the community of El Sitán-Patzicía with the help of the mothers, the children and the teacher Roselia, they carried out a cleaning in all the surroundings of that place collecting garbage and keeping the materials that can be reused.

And in El Potrerío-Patzún, with Evelyn they also collected garbage and made their own garden for their little school, the mothers helped to plant the flowers and the children decorated with rocks painted by themselves; certainly a very fun activity to further strengthen the relationship between Mother and child.

We emphasize very much the importance of RECYCLING, so some of us this month held a Recycling Fair, in order to raise awareness in each of the families that make up our community; to take care of what we have and not contaminate our home. They also observed that we do not need expensive or indispensable materials so that our children have a very good education and that learning is meaningful.

That is why all those who support us, we also invite them to do something for the planet if they have not yet done so, and if they are already doing so we congratulate them, continue ahead as we are in time to save it; Remember that "The Earth is our home, let us help protect it and take care of it since the future of our children depends on it"

And once again thank you, thank you very much for all the support you give us.

All collaborating in collecting garbage
All collaborating in collecting garbage
with these pinecones, the children create this
with these pinecones, the children create this
Cristopher making a worm with recyclable material
Cristopher making a worm with recyclable material

Hello everyone!
It is a pleasure for me to write you again, to be able to share our ideas and activities to happily start this new 2018 school year ...

It is incredible that we are already starting with one more year, all the teachers of Lets Be Ready are excited and excited to put into practice everything we have learned at the beginning of the year. We are also very GRATEFUL with God for one more year of life and the fact that it allows us to do our work during the year.

It is worth mentioning that we are also very, very satisfied and grateful for the great support, help and donations made by our dear Sponsors, since without their contribution it would not be possible to continue with our work of educating and training good children for the future of the country.

We are proud that we started the year with a recognition from GlobalGiving as one of their top-ranked organizations.

I want to tell you also that last week we had our training at the beginning of the year, which was called "Professional Growth VII" where we met new teachers, lived more and grew in knowledge. It was very interesting and meaningful, because last year in November we were invited to a Mathematics training, by Teachers2Teachers; We learned new dynamics, activities and methodologies to teach this subject to our children. All of us who attend this training, we made a presentation of the topics we saw in our training, so that teachers who could not attend will also benefit from what we learned.

They showed us new ideas to work with small groups, with different areas of learning, we had a talk of values to make us aware of how they have been lost and how they benefit us personally and those around us; in our case as teachers, like giving a good example of ourselves to our children.

We discussed the theme of the nutrition where we have experienced and good results we have obtained with this new program of atole Chispuditos and training for the families which has brought many benefits in children: they are more awake, willing to learn more and more their physical appearance has improved favorably due to the vitamins it contains. 

Forthe integration of new teachers, recreational activities were carried out with the Physical Education class, where we designated several teachers to show us how they teach this class in their school and in what ways we can make it more fun, because it is a class that It motivates children a lot.

It was a very productive and beneficial week for all the teachers, "As a member of the program I feel that we have improved over the years and we have become more united as a family, where we all help each other and always try to improve ourselves, and I am very happy and satisfied with our achievements, what we are doing and the goals we want to achieve, because without the help of Fred, of you, our donors and of the parents, our children have a better future "
-Margarita Bejarano-

Thank you so much! For all the support, we will keep you updated on our goals wewe achieve in this 2018 school year ...

 

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