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Reading hour is back!

In February, after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to re-launch our ever popular Reading Hour! Students aged 9 to 14 come once a week to practice their reading and comprehension skills for a one hour session. Since the pandemic still prevents us from welcoming large groups, we divided them into two groups of six or seven students. During the pandemic, we have really seen the value of small-group teaching, as each child gets the direct, personalized support they need to learn and progress!
 
Thanks to Yspaniola teacher, Mayra, each session is planned to both meet learning objectives and maximize student engagement. Every week, they practice reading on their own, working on their fluency while reading aloud, and we also discuss the themes that arise in the books as a group, to improve reading comprehension skills. 

We are delighted that our Reading Hour has made a comeback, as we know how important engaging with literature is to developing reading fluency and helping students to gain confidence and interest reading for pleasure. Stay tuned for updates!

Welcome back, Mirian!

In her role as Administrative and University Scholarship Program Manager, Mirian's knowledge and skills are vital to Yspaniola's team! She took a period of maternity leave last September to spend time with her newborn daughter. In January, Mirian returned to continue her amazing work!

Mirian says she was really happy to come back to her responsibilities and feel like she is making a difference. As an integral member of our team, she also brings her energy and her smile to work, encouraging everyone to do their best! Mirian is a natural high-achiever, and as well as returning to work, she is also starting her thesis in Business Psychology to finish her Master's Degree in the coming months. 

Mirian says coming back to work as a new mom was difficult at first, juggling regular breaks to nurse her daughter and managing her work responsibilities. After a couple of weeks, however, she says she has adapted and feels her routine now works well, with the help of her own family and the flexibility of the team! She is particularly motivated for a new community project she has decided to run with the support of our university scholars, to use their skills to support and motivate Batey Libertad children. Stay in touch to hear more over the coming months!

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