Erin Alathea Ronder

We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop. ~ Paulo Coelho

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La ultimo de en La Pedrera

Posted by austinyogamama on August 7, 2008 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (7)
Hoy fue lo ultimo dia aqui en La Pedrera.  En la ma�ana despues de las clases salimos por autobus a la Antigua for la noche.  Entonces en Sabado vamos a visitar la familia de Wendy Wever en la ciudad de Guatemala.  Regresamos por avion en Domingo.  El dia llegaremos, yo tengo una reunion de la board of directors of Austin Discovery School.  Espero que esta reu�ion estara una buena tiempo por los miembros.  En lo proximo a�o yo quiero a regresa a Casa Xelaju con la g... Read Full Post »

Fifth day at La Pedrera

Posted by austinyogamama on August 6, 2008 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)
Today I worked with Elsa and Carina on addtion and subtraction.  I also met a new student, Florita.

Florita is 9 and in primero grado.  She has 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

La Famila de Flory
Christina 44
Jorge 45
Susana, 10
Leti, 15
Miguel, 14
To�o, 21
Angel, 21
Victor, 23
Sol, ?
Christi, 4
Estella, 3
and she forgot the name of one of her sisters

With Elsa, I worked on addition of single and ...
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My fourth day at La Pedrera and this is what I think...

Posted by austinyogamama on August 5, 2008 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (0)
This is my thought.  This has always been my thought really, but it got derailed during my masters project. Possibly now I might be in a better position to make it all happen. 

Texas State University, as an institution that graduates a substantial number of the teachers in the state of Texas, has a responsibility to have program content that is relavant to the population of Texas.  This being said, Texas has an enormous need for bilingual teachers, teachers who are cultura...
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El Tercero Dia Finalmente

Posted by austinyogamama on August 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM Comments comments (0)
Las Familias de Los Estudiantes

La familia de Chelsi
Chelsi (10 anos), Wilson (14 anos), y Heidy (15 anos).

La famila de Estrellita
Estrellita (9 anos), Paula (14 anos), Henry (12 anos) y Adelaida (8...
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El Fin de Semana

Posted by austinyogamama on August 4, 2008 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)
On Friday after classes my mom and daughter and I went to Lago Atitlan.  The trip is usually only 90 minutes through the mountains, but due to the current construction and the horrible weather it took us 2 and a half hours.  The whole time I thought that I was going to die.  Now, I have done this trip 3 times, but never in the rain with the clouds so low that you have no more visibility than 2 feet infront of your face.  Also, the drivers know the roads so they feel comfortab... Read Full Post »

Join the Peasant Resistance in Guatemala

Posted by austinyogamama on July 31, 2008 at 5:24 PM Comments comments (0)
the flyer says.  I will be attending the meeting tonight if the rain lets up.  My teacher has warned me against attending this meeting, but I am going anyway.  I am not committing to marching down the central part of town, yet.  I just want to know what the situation is from the mouths of the people themselves.  Below is the rest of the flyer...

The Guatemala Solidarity Project is looking for people to join our work in solidarity with various organizad peasant gro...
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La Pedrera Third Day

Posted by austinyogamama on July 31, 2008 at 5:16 PM Comments comments (0)
We are rained out today.  Especially sucky as today was going to be una partido de futbol between the students of Casa Xelaju and the kids at La Pedrera.  There is a small river where the road to La Pedrera used to be.  I am in a special place, because I have a choice to brave the storm.  Some of the kids live at the top of this mountain and must climb it regardless. I feel like a weenie, but the project manager would prefer it if we remained down here in the city today.

Second Day at La Pedrera

Posted by austinyogamama on July 30, 2008 at 8:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I worked with the following kids:

Elsa, 6 years old, in Parvulos (like Kindergarten) has 3 siblings.

Carina, 10 years old, in First grade, has 5 siblings.

Susana, 8 years old, in First grade, has 11 siblings.

Evelin 8 years old, in First grade, has 0 siblings.

Wilson, 7 years old, in First grade, has 3 siblings.

Jose, 10 years old, in Second grade, has 3 siblings.

Chelsea, 10 years old, in Fourth grade, has 3 siblings.

Estr...

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My first day at La Pedrera

Posted by austinyogamama on July 29, 2008 at 7:53 PM Comments comments (0)
Today was my first day to work with the children and director of La Pedrera. The children wanted me to help them with long division and multiplication.  I agreed to give them practice problems if they would work with me on English/Spanish "intercambio".  It is amazing.  This program is technically an after school program (more details to come).  Most of the children here were dedicated to working on home work that was self prescribed!!! Only a couple were goofing off.  T... Read Full Post »

Getting acclimated

Posted by austinyogamama on July 29, 2008 at 7:39 PM Comments comments (0)
I have been in Guatemala for 5 days now. We first arrived at the Aurora airport on Friday afternoon and were wisked away by Wendy Wever to Antigua. Wendy is a nationally certified bilingual teacher who worked in both New Orleans and Austin for several years. She is now working in Antigua Guatemala assisting ex-pats assimilate and find volunteer work in the community. She was the educator who took me around the country in 2004 to see the various cultures and regions while I was working on my... Read Full Post »

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