Math Fair!

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Gaspar Yatáz is a university student from Santiago who is studying mathematics in Guatemala. He is passionate about numbers and helping his community. Gaspar dreams of opening a progressive math school in Atitlan after he graduates.

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On Saturday morning, he lead a math workshop to explore numbers in a fun and dynamic way for our preschool students and their families.  

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Bien hecho Gaspar!

 

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Dia de Los Maestros

The staff at La Puerta Abierta gathered together during the vacation week for a hike,  kayaking, and lunch in celebration of Teacher’s Day.  This day was dedicated to our hard working and passionate teachers: a moment to come together outside of class in a fun environment and to continue to cultivate our team work.

We rode a boat across the lake to the small village of Tzununa where we began our hike.  When we arrived we formed a circle to talk about what we would like to learn from the day and to acknowledge the progress we have made throughout the year at our center.

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 The hike was filled with stunning views of Lake Atitlan as we climbed up and down the trail.

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Mid-way through the hike we stopped in a green, shaded area for a quick snack.

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After the invigorating hike, the teachers took the kayaks out!  What better way to build teamwork than to learn to row together in a fluid and complimentary way!

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After the kayaks we took a dip in the deep blue lake.

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At the end of the day, we gathered together as one team to take a picture to capture our wonderful day together.  Thank you to all of our talented teachers at La Puerta Abierta and to all the committed teachers around the world who work hard every day to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

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Dia de Los Padres

La Puerta Abierta had a beautiful field trip to the Butterfly Garden and park outside of town near Chikmuk.  The teachers presented a a song and dance to welcome all the fathers.

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Some fathers stood by to capture the sweet moment.

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Action shot!

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After the song and dance we took a short hike up the near by trail.  The fathers happily guided their little ones along the path.

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Lil Cesia said to her papa as they climbed up the trail, “Con cuidado papi… (Be careful daddy).”

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After the short but exhilarating hike we split into two groups.  Half of the fathers participated in a scavenger hunt with their children and the other half visited the butterfly garden.  The fathers and kids were on a scavenger hunt to find ants, plants, and dragonflies…

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The fathers and children listened to a presentation from the park guide about the butterfly garden and all of their environmentally sustainable methods used to enhance the tranquility of thesanctuary.

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Then the children from each class excitedly presented their handmade gifts to their fathers.  This moment was so touching and truly made the papas  grateful.

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We would like to thank all of the fathers who were able to join us for this beautiful celebration of Dia de Los Padres.  Happy Father’s Day to all of our special fathers!