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Preventing Chronic Absenteeism through Early Childhood Education

Halfway through the Fall 2011 session, attendance in TYO’s morning Core Program for four- and five-year-olds continues to enjoy high and stable attendance rates.  This has profound implications for the children’s later academic success, and it is due to the efforts of parents and children alike. Pre-school and Chronic Absenteeism  In September 2008, a report by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) highlighted the serious problem of chronic absence among students in U.S. elementary schools.  In the report, chronic absence refers to students missing ten percent of school days for excused or unexcused reasons.  Unsurprisingly, chronic absence—even in the Continue reading…

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Fifth Week Reflections

Aimee For years I listened to my Palestinian friends talk about how important the land is and how olive trees are symbolic of the rootedness Palestinians (even in the diaspora) feel toward their homeland, but this concept means so much more after taking part in the olive harvest.  The entire process is a communal effort.  It’s time consuming to hand pick all the tiny olives, tree by tree, so the social aspect is particularly important in both lightening the work load and creating a pleasant experience.  There is something about interacting with the physical landscape that creates a real sense Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of October 23, 2011

 Sunday, October 23 TYO interns, Abi, Aimee, Andrew, and James share reflections on how their classes EXPRESS THEMSELVES through art, music, and sport.    Monday, October 24 How can TECHNOLOGY be used to enhance early education?   Tuesday, October 25 A discussion with TYO mom, Jenan, about her daughter’s PROGRESS through TYO’s Homework Help.   Wednesday, October 26 Announcing the launch of the Triple Exposure Program’s new GALLERY.   Thursday, October 27 An interview with WEL Program participant and budding entrepreneur, SOUMAYA JOKMAK.   Friday, October 28 This week’s RECOMMENDATIONS, including: Kristoff’s “Occupy the Classroom;” new Islamic Art Galleries at Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: October 28, 2011

An op-ed from the New York Times on why we should OCCUPY THE [EARLY CHILDHOOD] CLASSROOM in order to close the achievement gap. Nick Kristoff, you’re our hero! Why women make excellent DIGITAL-AGE ENTREPRENEURS New York Metropolitan Museum of Art to unveil new ISLAMIC ART GALLERIES : “Eight years in the making, the Met’s insightful and theatrical new presentation does justice to one of the most important collections of Islamic art outside the Middle East (Economist).” Some great follow-up reading to our recent POST on screen time for kids and technology in the early childhood classroom from the NEW YORK Continue reading…

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Interview with Mrs. Soumaya Jokmak

Soumaya is one of the 20 women currently participating in the WEL project in North Lebanon and below we share with you an interview and insights from Soumaya! What is your personal background? My name is Soumaya Jokmak and I am 53 years old. I am from Kfarhabou in North Lebanon and live with my husband and one son. What is your educational level? I have a degree in Secretarial work, and now I am taking English courses, as I will need that in my new business especially when contacting foreign clients. What is your business idea? When I decided Continue reading…

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Introducing the New Triple Exposure Gallery

In 2009, TYO launched the Triple Exposure initiative to provide arts education to underserved youth from Balata, Askar, and el-Ein refugee camps, as well as from the Old City and Khallet al-Amood, two other disadvantaged neighborhoods of Nablus. Through Triple Exposure, students have completed art and photography projects in and around Nablus and the West Bank, developing their identity, awareness, and vocational skills. In order to better highlight the artistic efforts of these student photographers and artists, Triple Exposure has been hard at work on creating an online Triple Exposure Gallery. After several weeks spent organizing and polishing the new Continue reading…

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How TYO Helps My Daughter

Last week I met with a mother who has been sending her 12 year old daughter to TYO’s Homework Help class this session. The mother, Jenan, spoke with me about her daughter Bara’a, her continued need of support in mathematics, and the impact Homework Help has had on Bara’a’s education. Why do you send Bara’a to an academic support class? Bara’a is a bright girl but sometimes struggles in math. When she comes home with math-related schoolwork and wants help, her father and I are unable to provide her with the support ourselves. We cannot help her because she is at Continue reading…

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Screen Time, Technology, and Early Childhood in Nablus

Recently, the American early childhood education community has been abuzz with discussions about how to most effectively use technology to enhance early education.  At a recent conference entitled Investing in the Future through Early Childhood Education, experts explored how technology is changing the nature of early learning.  While some educators are discussing how to use computer software to enhance learning in kindergarten classrooms, others are talking about the effect that a child’s interaction with technology has on him throughout the day.  For example, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is currently developing guidelines for assessing the quality Continue reading…

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Express Yourself!

Andrew ‘Drawing to music’ is an activity which has been done before with children at TYO. This week, I ran the same exercise with my classes, and produced this video from their expressive results… James It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. Albert Einstein It seems that each week here in Nablus provides just as many learning opportunities for me as it does for those that I am teaching! Last week’s drama lessons focused on the theme of feelings, equipping the children with a repertoire of emotions to use throughout all Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of October 16, 2011

Sunday 10/16 TYO Interns share their REFLECTIONS from their first week in Nablus.   Monday 10/17 INCLUSION at TYO: read about current efforts and challenge to including children with disabilities at TYO.   Tuesday 10/18 HOMEWORK HELP led by TYO volunteers supports students and parents.   Wednesday 10/19 Young photographers EXPLORE their neighborhood in Triple Exposure classes this week.   Thursday 10/20 Campaigns like The Girl Effect and bestsellers like Half the Sky have taught us that one of the best ways to fight poverty, counter violence and progress society is to EDUCATE GIRLS. Friday 10/21 Our RECOMMENDED LINKS from Continue reading…