September is a busy month in Honduras, mostly because two of the big holidays fall in this month. First we celebrated Dia del Niño, Kid's Day. This year the kids had a party with a piñata in either school or preschool, depending on their age, and then we hosted a carnival during Library time. Click here to see more photos of our Dia del Niño partying.
Right after Dia del Niño comes Honduras' Independence Day. The biggest tradition here is that all the kids march in parades with their school. This year we had kids in every section of our village parade, from the military corp, to the pom-pom squad. The kids really enjoy participating in this show of national pride.
This September though, we were even busier than normal, because of our new classes, called Tutoria Estudantíl La Esperanza. Below you can see all the kids lined up on the first day by class level. We have 60 kids coming, from 4 villages!
The older kids are studying English and computers, taking a music class, and participating in Bible, library time, and sports. These classes are much more formal than anything we've done on-site before and the kids are really responding and rising to the occasion. More parents are asking when their kids can start.
Somehow we always think we're building as much building as we'll need, and then we start a new program like this. We've already outgrown all our Library and office areas! The above English class is in the "garage." Plans are already in the works to add on more classroom space to this area.
We're tutoring the younger kids in the basics: reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, and incorporating other fun learning activities into their class time, like pirate treasure hunts!