Searching for statistics on literacy rates of Guatemala, I stumbled across the following. Would you believe that the criteria for a literate person in a third world country is “one who can read and write a short simple statement about their everyday life”?
The goal of Let’s Be Ready is for every student to develop a love for reading and learn the basic skills necessary to begin reading. We expect them to continue to read throughout their life and develop their full potential, while participating as an active citizen.
Let’s Be Ready holds the bar high and works to insure that all students age 4-6 know their letters and sounds and have the opportunity to begin to read in pre-school.
With the help of reading specialist, Sharon Carlson from People of Guatemala we are one step closer to our goal.
Sharon has developed a very specialized phonetic technique using sounds, instead of introducing letters. Students are taught beginning and ending sounds and in this way begin reading.
Teachers were amazed to see how quickly kids caught on to this innovative technique. Having a variety of methods to teach reading skills gives teachers the tools to insure the success of every student. Enjoy the pictures.
Sara is taking Nora's place while she is imersed in English studies in the USA. She sent this letter.
Now we present the important points for this month:
Activities focused on independence day in Guatemala. The centers were prepared for this celebration. Participation in local parade and upport in the torch relay (with parents and teachers) also children's parties; rhythmic gymnastics; during weeks 7 to September 15 by 2015.
Meeting with directors of COED (Izabel Garces) Sara and Mercedes (telephone) in San Lucas, to explain our program and operations.
Jose supported the refacion of primary school children in the School of Patzún because the government did not send the refacion for that month) We suported the last 2 weeks.
Beatriz visit: San Martin; She is the sister of Gilberto, and is supported by PENNY. The visit was very good to work with independence activities.
Visit Danielle: Alotenango; Inherclass she has a very advanced girl with letters and numbers. We also made a visit to Anaelisse. She is teahing children to read short sentences. She is working with VALUES (Independence). The children make their own savings deposit in the bank with the support of the teacher.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF SUPERVISION
Margarita, Sara and Jose observed the substantial changes in almost all centers EARLY STIMULATION.
Organization of nooks and use: much better care, order, children rotation.
Almost all have teaching aids on their walls (world map, calendar, alphabet, routine cleaning your room).
Using books after training in July.
This monitoring visit is always a surprise
That's all, we hope you are well ..
Early Stimulation Center "SMALL BUT READY"
Hello it is a pleasure to greet back. Then we'll tell you the activities of this month:
• I want to tell you that in this second block children are learning what they are vowels and numbers.
• Teachers are using the star books containing different activities like teaching vowels, numbers, shapes, new words for your daily vocabulary.
• A new technique of new words, which is called the word wall was implemented. Which it is to have the entire alphabet in classes of children. Each new word that children learn positioned under the letter that begins the word, also with his name. to complete the activity has been provided to each teacher a book called ANIMALETRAS. The book contains the alphabet and each letter contains an animal that starts with the letter and the location of the animal lives done. the child knows the world.
• The coordinators are constantly making visits to communities to observe the teacher, guide and help with any problems that arise within or outside school.
• On May 10 in Guatemala is celebrated on Mother's Day, so teachers used their creativity and enthusiasm. for the imagination of the child vas they developed crafts.
• The teachers are highly motivated, happy for the development and progress of children in their skills and abilities to reach the fifth month of the year.
IN CONCLUSION: schools are well organized according to your planning.
It was a pleasure to greet you and to tell you how the process of learning of children from different communities in GUATEMALA.
We can only be thankful for the support of our program.
On May 2, 2015 a group of community members came together in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island, WA to enjoy an evening of dance and raise funds for much needed preschools in Guatemala.
Teri, the dance organizer, had seen firsthand the need for preschools during her 2010- 2013 Peace Corps service in Guatemala where she also met Fred Zambroski, founder of Lets Be Ready program. Ever since her return, Teri had wanted to raise funds for the program. The evening was billed as “something for everyone” with dance demonstrations of Tango and belly dance, then moving into a participatory activity of East Coast Swing lesson, followed by a swing dance to live music by a band that generously donated their talents for free.
Guests commented that they appreciated that the event was for a good cause, and some had also journeyed to Guatemala. Two posters hung at the doorway which showcased photos from Lets Be Ready so that they could see the children who would benefit from their support. About 50 people attended the Dance Benefit, many adding a bit extra to the $10 admission cost. The event raised a total of $530 which exceeded the goals that Teri had set. The key lessons learned are the following: plan an event that builds a sense of local and international community; make it fun; ask for help and contributions; offer FOOD; and report the fundraising results to the attendees. A sign of success is when everyone asks, “When is the next dance?”
EDUCATIONAL CENTER SMALL BUT READY
February began classes at different preschools.
The children were very happy to start in their small schools. The teachers began routines, new experiences and inolved the parents in the various activities of their children's education, while implementing a new program to evaluate the vocabulary of our children in the project which Margarita Bejarano is responsible for. This program allows us to measure the progress of the language of our children.
We are organized in our small schools with support from principals, parents, and COCODES (communitiy oraginzations). The teachers organize their own communities involving everyone in the acheivement of ther goals. Our teachers demonstrate a vocation of service to their community. We take into account our cultural environment providing bilingual teachers for their Mayan language for interaction and communication of families and children ocialization of children within the school.
Margarita is doing language assessment with BRACKEN School Readiness Assessment THIRD EDITION which is done by showing the child the book of the assessment. On each page of the book there are pictures of which one is the correct answer. She uses a guide (which is what is on the table), where she writes the child's response).We also had a visit from Erik, a speech therapist, who helped with the language assessments program He visited Santo Domingo and San Antonio Frijolitos Xenacoj.
Teachers are using recycled materials to help children achieve their creativity, and give them have the knowledge to care our mother earth. They create environmental awareness in their communities they inhabit and instill the concepts of not throwing garbage into rivers, lakes, seas, streets, and create a healthy environment.
One teacher is using music combined with scribling with crayons, which the children enjoy..
Many teachers started the year with the Star Book The Hungry Caterpillar, using it to review the days of the week and the fruits associated with what the caterpillar ate, and each day is assigned for each fruit. They made a caterpillar with a disposable bottle, then periodically the children made balls to form his body and head of the caterpillar. With chopsticks they made its antennae, its base was the disposable bottle.
Thank you for those SMILES, AND SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION IN GUATEMALA.
BLESSINGS GOD BLESS.
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