Biblioteca Movil Lectura Juvenil

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After nearly a decade, La Puerta Abierta is proud to have remained true to its founding philosophy of empowerment through literacy.   La Puerta Abierta  has offered the Traveling Library Program to early education classes as an outreach project for local schools and community centers for the past 8 years.  This year, we have launched a new branch of our Traveling Library which focuses on teen literacy.  Our Traveling Library Coordinator, Isaias, shares his experiences with the new program below:

Durante este año la Biblioteca Móvil empezó con un programa de lectura con jóvenes y adolescentes de las escuelas públicas de nivel Medio Básico.

Nuestras primeras experiencias con los jóvenes y adolescentes ha sido un gran reto. Ha sido muy novedoso compartir nuevas formas de explorar la lectura con un audiencia mas madura.

Cada día los jóvenes nos sorprenden con sus imaginaciones y trabajos que realizan en nuestro círculo de lectura. Todos disfrutan y conversan sobre lo que ha pasado en su capítulo favorito del libro.  Ahora estamos compartiendo cuentos como “La Telaraña de Carlota,” “Harry Potter,” y “Isla de los delfines azules” con nuestros jóvenes.

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Él es Juan, un gran amigo del programa de lectura de sexto grado.  Juan le apasionan los libros y cuentos clásicos.

He observado a Juan durante los años pasados.  Siempre se acerco  a prestar libros  en el Recreo de Lectura.  Juan es uno de los jóvenes estrellas de nuestra clase de lectura. En nuestro momento de lectura el es uno de los estudiantes que ha terminado el libro por segunda vez y se divierte ayudando a sus amigos repasando los capítulos e inquietudes de todos sobre sus capítulos.

Adamas, el nos enseña que las capacidades físicas no son ningún impedimento para disfrutar ir de viaje en las maravillosas páginas de algún libro.

¡Juan es una inspiración para mi y sus compañeros!

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Land of the Eternal Spring

We’ve been learning about seasons this month at La Puerta Abierta.  Guatemala is often referred to as “the land of eternal spring” in tour books, and truly, we are gifted with a moderate climate nearly all year round.  Guatemalans would say that two seasons exist in Central America….the rainy season (May to October) and the dry season (November to April).  March/April also coincides with Semana Santa or Spring Break, a time of year when many flood to the beaches for holidays, hence, modern advertising has adopted this short window of time and associated it with “summer.”  Speaking seasons in Guatemala is no easy task.

At La Puerta Abierta, we choose to share about local season as well as universal seasons.  With our English teacher Miss Abigail, kindergarten students learned about her experience with winter growing up on the East Coast.  Juanita’s class talked about autumn and the changing of leaves in the life cycle of trees.  Preschool students laid on their backs in a grassy field and watched clouds float by on a windy morning.

While spring may show a variety of signs in different parts of the world, we can come together in celebrating the birth of a new season.  Baby birds are emerging from nests in the trees surrounding our school.  Our students have begun to prepare the land for our school garden in anticipation of the rains.  Mangos are appearing with frequency in the market.

This year, we greeted the spring with our annual Splash Party!  We celebrated nature, water, seasons and sunshine.

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