Septiembre Un Mes Lleno De Sonrisas Para Guatemala!!

En Guatemala el mes de Septiembre es muy especial, porque se celebra la Independencia Patria de Guatemala. Para esta celebración  los niños, padres y maestros de todas las escuelas realizan actividades para celebrar a Guatemala.

La Puerta Abierta no se queda atrás, este 14 de septiembre fuimos a un maravilloso día de campo a Cerro de Oro (Una comunidad de Santiago Atitlán). En esta actividad los niños y niñas de la Puerta Abierta presentaron canciones, poemas  dedicados a Guatemala y realizamos una caminata con una antorcha, como símbolo de felicidad y celebración.

También fue un momento para que los padres, madres y amigos  pudieran compartir con la gran familia de maestros de la escuela. Fue un día lleno de actividades y felicidad con todas las actividades programadas. Queremos compartirles algunas imágenes  de la actividad:

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Realizamos un pequeño acto cívico para las familias que nos acompañaban. Los niños de Preprimaria  cantaron ¨YO SOY PURO GUATEMALTECO¨ que es una canción tradicional de Guatemala. Los de preescolar presentaron poemas  con sus primeras inspiraciones. Los de primer grado nos contaron porque aman a Guatemala. Fue emocionante escuchar a todos celebrando a Guatemala y diciendo que es un país muy hermoso, con gente muy buena y  la comida que es muy rica.

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Xelani es un padre de familia que tiene a su hija Nuria estudiando  en preescolar, el pinto la  bandera de Guatemala en la cara de los niños y niñas, les encanto a todos.

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Muchas madres estaban listas para una caminata con sus hijos o hijas. En esta foto esta  Katie con su mamá

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Encendimos una antorcha en la alcaldía Auxiliar de Cerro de Oro y corrimos hasta  la carretera. Los padres, maestros y niños llevaban banderas, gorgoritos, los carros sonando con su bocina, canciones y muchas porras  eran para celebrar los 194 años de Independencia de Guatemala.

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Lupita y  su papá Chico  en la caminata.

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Al llegar a Santiago realizamos una segunda caminata por las calles principales de la comunidad. Agradecemos el Apoyo de los bomberos voluntarios y la Policía de Transito quienes nos apoyaron con el orden y seguridad de nuestros  estudiantes en el recorrido.
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Al final   llegamos al parque central con la caminata y entregamos la antorcha al representante de la municipalidad, en donde algunas familias  nos esperaban.  Fue un hermoso día  en la Puerta abierta.

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Future Teachers of Santiago Atitlan

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This year the Puerta Abierta has been blessed with the opportunity to serve not only as a learning center for our own students, but as a training center for both future and current teachers in Santiago Atitlan. We have hosted practicum students, held monthly workshops, and this month we received a visit from a group of 30 first year education students at ENBI, our local teaching academy.

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Upon arrival, ENBI education students had the opportunity to observe the Puerta Abierta teachers and students in action!

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Afterwords our students enjoyed participating in one of the many fun activities that these teachers in training had prepared for us! For many of the ENBI students this was their first interaction with students in the classroom.

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Making alphabet letters and shapes on peg boards.

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Gone fishing!

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Practicing hand-eye coordination with the ring toss!

Thank you ENBI students for all your hard work in preparing such fun activities for our students! We look forward to watching these future teachers of Santiago in action!

An Invitation to Collaborate!

Dear friends of La Puerta Abierta,

While the school year is just beginning in the United States, our school year in Guatemala will come to an end in October. The staff, teachers and families at la Puerta Abierta have been engaged in a variety of creative projects. Our preschool, early stimulation programs, and teen reading groups continue to thrive. One of our most successful programs to date is la Biblioteca Movil, or Traveling Library.

“Here comes the story teacher!” the students cheer.

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In the rural areas of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where poverty levels make books scarce, the Puerta Abierta Traveling Library shares the joy of reading with young students. Each week, librarians visit eight schools in the outer neighborhoods of town to exchange a new delivery of books and to provide a story-hour with school children. In addition, librarians lead students in an engaging and creative activity connected to the story that has been designed to inspire critical thinking. While imagination is a hard concept to teach, La Biblioteca Movil is providing rural school children in Santiago Atitlan with the tools to explore worlds that only books can open.

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The October 2015 Bookmobile Fundraiser– Your support is valuable!

As the 2015 school year draws to an end, we are beginning to dream up our plans for 2016. We hope to continue to share our traveling library with participating schools and expand to bring our program to new schools in Santiago.

We invite you and your (organization, school, employment, etc.) to participate in our 2015 Traveling Library Fundraiser and for you to be an ambassador for our campaign. Ambassadors will be our on ground representatives. They will play a valuable role in organizing a giving “activity/campaign” to collect donations to fund a school in rural Guatemala to receive the Traveling Library Program for one year. A representative of Natik (La Puerta Abierta’s sponsoring NGO in the USA) will be available to provide support for ambassadors throughout the month long campaign.

A collective donation of $1,200 will cover the expenses of the Traveling Library in one school for one year. While we encourage institutions to fund a school in it’s entirety, we are grateful for any support which comes our way. Institutions can pledge to support a school for half a year ($600) or for a quarter of a year at ($300).

Our goal is to raise more than $10,000 in order to maintain our services in participating schools and to invite new schools to be included in the Traveling Library Program.

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We hope that the Biblioteca Movil Fundraiser will be fun for ambassadors and their communities. In addition, the campaign is designed to inspire cultural exchange and global compassion. La Puerta Abierta can provide information about life, literacy, education, and family in Guatemala to enhance the essence of exchange for the fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

Creative ideas for receiving funding for schools/organizations/places of employment

  1. Collect spare change in a 5 gallon water bottles like a giant piggy bank
  2. Supply coffee/tea for employees for the morning, and ask in turn for a $3 donation
  3. Host a bake sale
  4. Host a read-a-thon (Students receive pledges for the amount of books/pages that are read in a month)
  5. Host a used book sale
  6. Organize a Halloween Parade with proceeds designated to the campaign
  7. A simple heart felt letter highlighting the Biblioteca Movil and requesting donations.

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If you are interested in being an ambassador please confirm your participation before September 15th. A Natik representative will be in touch with ideas and support for setting up your fundraiser and the campaign will run from October 1st through the 31st.

With kindness,

Amanda

A Dynamic Duo…

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Meet Ellen and Isaias.

Isaias is our Traveling Library coordinator, better known to local school children as the story teacher.  Isaias visits 8 rural schools throughout the week with a back pack full of books, art supplies and the story of the day.  In addition to bringing literacy supplies to participating classrooms, Isaias comes equipped with an enormous smile, an endless supply of energy, and a talent to connect with children of all ages.

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Ellen, an early childhood education specialist and Director of Academics at La Puerta Abierta has been collaborating with La Puerta Abierta for the past year supporting staff with professional development and creating curriculum for our center.

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Together, Isaias and Ellen have developed a manual for exploring literacy through story books and creativity.  Ellen’s foundation in early childhood education and   Isaias’ experience working with rural school children is reflected throughout the guide book. The new traveling library manual contains 10 thematic units focusing on a variety of themes which will allow for children to explore the world around them.  Themes include school days, countries and culture, art, the 5 senses, nature appreciation, fairytales, community, colors, weather and family.  Each unit contains 4 lessons and each lesson is connected to a carefully selected story for children to enjoy.

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We are excited to share our new manual with the community of Santiago Atitlan and with other educational institutions who practice and appreciate the love of reading.

Mil gracias Ellen and Isaias!

“La Sombra del Viento” Leído por el Club de Lectura!!!!

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El club de lectura de la Biblioteca Puerta Abierta ha terminado de leer La Sombra del Viento, de Carlos Ruiz Zafón. En una de los libros que nos ha llenado de  entusiasmo al leerlo, nos llevo a un nuevo mundo en el cual ahora somos parte.

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Para celebrar nuestra alegria de terminar un libro más, tomamos un paseo a las montañas de Santiago Atitlán, para compartir con la naturaleza nuestra satisfacción, conocer nuevas personas y lugares. Agracemos la participación de voluntarios del Hospitalito Atitlán por acompañarnos y compartir sus vivencias con nosotros.  En esta foto se muestra la gran felicidad de los jóvenes que participan en el club.

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Esperamos sugerencias  de libros, para  este nuevo mes. Y si tu quieres apoyar  o participar en el club de lectura favor de escribirnos. Gracias.