Lets Be Ready

by Lets Be Ready
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A Let's Be Ready Community Classroom

 

A partnership between Let’s Be Ready and the University of Redlands in Southern California is seeking to address the problem of early detection of language-learning disabilities in Guatemalan preschool children. Barbara Conboy, Ph.D., professor of Communicative Disorders at Redlands, is leading a research project to establish a method of interviewing the parents of 3-year-old children in order to screen for slow language development and determine which children need a follow-up language evaluation. The oral interviews are being conducted in Spanish and/or Kaqchikel by Let’s Be Ready staff. In the case of children who are bilingual in Kaqchikel and Spanish, language skills in both languages are being measured via a questionnaire that was developed for Spanish-speaking children in Mexico.

The next step of the research project will be to determine with what accuracy these parental interviews, conducted before children’s 4th birthdays, identify children with specific language impairment. For that phase of the project, the results of the interviews will be compared with the results of a short storytelling task completed when the children are several months older. Dr. Conboy hopes that the questionnaires will allow all children enrolled in LBR preschool classes to be screened for language problems during the pre-registration process.

She adds, “I'm also hoping to expand my research to include story-retelling activities that take about 5 minutes to do. I think that this could be an excellent addition to the evaluations that Margarita has been doing, since children are not penalized for not knowing particular words that they have not been exposed to (as is what happens with formal tests that are normed on children in other countries, such as the Bracken). Instead, they can use their own words, Spanish, Kaqchikel, or both, and be scored on different elements of the stories. Even better, teachers can be trained to do this.”

Margarita in San Antoio
Margarita in San Antoio
Betzabe interviewing a mother
Betzabe interviewing a mother
Boy using literacy materials
Boy using literacy materials

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.

Girl using literacy materials
Girl using literacy materials
More literacy materials
More literacy materials

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"

MAY 2015

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.

 Pictures attached:

  1. Performing their vocal lines in his notebook.
  2. These children are OLD SAN JUAN DEL OBISPO, who are drawing the number 2.
  3. These are the children of the hamlet San Lorenzo in Patzicía, we see that are cutting pictures of objects.
  4. This is a craft book Hungry Caterpillar star is made of recyclable material.
  5. Star is an activity book brown bear where they formed the outline of his body, then children with their creativity have shaped the silhouette of a person.
  6. The ROSELIA teacher is telling the story to the children of CASERÍO SAN LORENZO Patzicía.
  7. Developing a craft for Mother's Day with children of Santo Domingo Xenacoj.
  8. The word wall is that the child observes the letters and learn new words and increase their vocabulary.
  9. Children learn the initial of his name.
  10. All children start with a daily routine for your sequence of day, month and date. Just they count how many children come to school. and non asesten.

 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.

Belly Dance Demonstration
Belly Dance Demonstration

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?”

Tango Demonstration
Tango Demonstration
Dance Lesson
Dance Lesson

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Organization Information

Lets Be Ready

Location: Longmont, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​fredzambroski@hotmail.com
Project Leader:
Fred Zambroski
phoenix, Arizona United States