Today I spent the morning in the six-year old classroom of the kindergarten in Purushila. What FUN! Livi is a wonderful teacher!! She has 20 students who are delighted to be in her class. For the first six months of the school year, Marlene, a college student studyig to be a teacher will also be in the classroom.
School is just getting back into full swing here in Guatemala. I felt that it was important for me to befriend the students and to understand the school better before coming in with the computers.
I am not an expert of kindergartens, but I know excellence when I see it! What a blessing this entire school is to this tiny village!
The children started their day with a greeting to their teacher in their very loud voices. Then they knelt down by their desk for the prayer that they recited aloud with Livi. There was no way that God could have refused the prayers of these little ones!
They did the usual kindergarten things:
...a child drew the sun on the board to describe the day...
...they stood several times to sing songs with actions and one of the songs was about brushing teeth and combing hair...
...Livi told the bible story about Joseph and his many colored coat while holding the bible and walking among the children and showing the picture...
...Livi showed the class examples of minerals while talking about them and having the children echo responses, then they colored some minerals...
...the children practiced working with the vowels in several ways with multiple activities...then they reviewed the letters...
...all of the children had a 30-minute play period....
...mothers prepared food for the children to eat before they left for the day.
Livi's classroom is bright and very organized! She has a day-by-day plan for the entire year following a course of study. I was amazed when I saw it! The children have their names on their seats and on the materials that Livi has prepared. The room is clean. Livi calls the children "Mi amor". She truly represents the love of God to these children. I can hardly wait to see what happens tomorrow!!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012