Dear friends of Matènwa,
MCLC wishes a very happy holiday season to you and your loved ones! In this last update for the year, we want to share some of the activities that brought joy to the students and teachers.
Though the Haitian National Scope and Sequence requires one to teach earth science, very few schools in the country teach it using hands-on methods. At MCLC each class is responsible for its own garden plot that students have to water and maintain. They use it for researching and learning about math and science, including their own nutrition! The first graders have been studying caterpillars that they found in the garden. The students and teachers from all grades have been working together to remove the caterpillars since they can devastate a garden in no time. Some students were afraid of them, but many bravely participated in removing them.
Oh, the joy of music class!
Music is just as important to MCLC as the garden. The students enjoy music class very much where they have the opportunity to play different instruments. Many students love the conga drum because it is a very common instrument here and easy for them to learn. (In the picture, second graders are learning to play the conga.) Some other favorite instruments are the guitar, keyboard, and the contemporary drum set.
Keeping the joy of reading alive
The kindergarterners go to the library 3 times a week. It is one of their favorite activities because on a typical day, the librarian reads a book to them and leads a lively discussion about it. Then they get to pick books to look at. Demonstrating pre reading strategies, all “read” the illustrations aloud, and a few of them read the actual words (See pic). To cultivate and maintain this joy of reading, classes grades 1 to 10 go to the library once a week, where each student picks a book to check out. They read these books during classroom silent reading time.
What a joy to see those eggs every morning!
Secondary classes, 7th to 10th grades, have been doing a great job of keeping their chicken coops clean and their hens properly feed and hydrated. It is a joy to see fresh eggs every morning. This month the Matènwa agronomy intern gave the high schoolers a lecture on the benefits of eggs in the human diet. They learned that eggs are rich in proteins and vitamins, but consuming too many can increase the risk of certain health problems.
Chris Low, Executive Director FOM & Ezner Angervil, Director MCLC 12/2014