Dr. Anne Ruch and her team consisting of Linda and Anita left for United States this morning. As usual, Anne and team were able to accomplish many things, thanks be to God! Among them were 5 days of medical clinics: two days in Santa Ana, two days in Sayaxche and one day in La Libertad. These clinics were particularly for women. Though many women come when the word gets out that a team is in town, Anne and her team take time with each woman. No assembly lines here! Thank you, team!
I've adjusted my schedule to spend more time each afternoon in Purushila. I decided to add some focus to the first graders. I invited four of the almost 60 of them for the first week. Though I have never taught first graders before, I am able to manage with only four of them for 90 minutes!!! My idea is not to repeat what they receive in class or to use computers. Rather, my hope is to be able to use some manipulatives and educational games to build thinking skills and sensory motor skills. Since the children have so few manipulatives in the classroom, my hope is to reinforce their classroom progress with additional practice and games.
So, I have four little seven-year-olds...and we are having some fun! Each day I attempt to introduce or repeat 3-5 games or activities. On the first day, we copied shapes with colored blocks and built towers and made alphabet letters. Then we drew with chalk and played hop-scotch, and finally we worked together on separating pieces and then completing a 48 piece puzzle. Yesterday the children identified and spelled simple words with plastic alphabet letters. Then we played follow the leader (in case you were interested, it takes a whole lot more energy than I have to hop like a bunny!). The children colored pictures. I read a simple story about a dog and his shadow, and we went outside to play with our shadows! And once again worked together on a 48-piece puzzle. My hope today is to begin learning the card game of crazy eights! Feel free to send me any simple education ideas for these children!!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012