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Reflecting on Progress

The Spring 2014 Core Child program came to an end last week. We spent the last 12 weeks working with children from some of Nablus’s most disadvantaged areas. The activities we implemented in our classes were designed to help children develop socially, with the goal of having them learn to appreciate their role and value within their communities. We’ve addressed two main themes in our holistic early education classes: Me & My Community, and Communication and Collaboration. As Core teachers we work as a team to root values in children such as respect and collaboration, and design lesson plans aimed Continue reading…

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Delivering tools for success

In the early childhood development stages, seemingly small problems which might appear trivial to adults can actually be rooted into much more significant problems later in life, if never addressed. For that and many other reasons, at TYO we emphasize the importance of teaching children critical-thinking and problem-solving techniques to help children overcome their problems. Independent problem-solving increases children’s self-respect and gives them a sense of belonging within their community as effective and reliable individuals. Our particular emphasis at TYO is peaceful resolution to problem-solving. Young children tend to model the behavior of adults around them, so when they see Continue reading…

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Rethinking Soccer

It’s no secret that sport has the ability to unite people- especially soccer. Around the world families, neighbors, and friends crowd small TV sets just to catch a match with their favorite team. Like children and adults alike across the world, our kids at TYO love playing soccer. Play has long been understood to provide children with the experiences they need in order to learn social skills and values. But unlike many other health and fitness programs, the purpose when we play soccer at TYO isn’t scoring a goal- it’s developing ourselves to become better teammates, neighbors, and people. The Continue reading…

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We are all similar, we are all different

Children at ages 4-5 years who live in the most disadvantaged areas of Nablus camps- have limited exposure to the world. Few of the children in my classes have ever been to other cities within Palestine, such as Ramallah, Jenin, or Bethlehem. And most of my children do not have any opportunities to travel outside Palestine- even to the neighboring countries of Jordan and Egypt. The main reason behind the limited exposure to the world is the financial situation of the parents and the complicated political context in which we live. Lack of exposure for children at young ages prevents Continue reading…

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Learning to solve problems through mistakes

As a child, my mom usually prevented me from facing problems. She found solutions all the time before I even had a problem. She did not let me have the opportunity to work with independently to find solutions, and now I realize I have lost a lot because I was seldom cognitively challenged as a child. In my experience at TYO as a Core teacher, I’ve found that when children encounter problems or challenges they struggle to identify potential causes or solutions. This is problematic not only in terms of the problem at hand, but it also has negative implications Continue reading…

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Now they know their ABCs

Like many from the Western world, the opportunity to learn a second language was presented to me when I began high school. I chose to learn French, and let me tell you, if I were to get lost in Paris, I would have to rely on finding someone that spoke English to help me out. I do not know French. My experience is a typical one. According to Harry Chugani, a pediatric neurologist, foreign language teaching should begin when children are in preschool—when teachers can maximize a child’s willingness and ability to learn. 

Research has proven that a preschooler’s brain Continue reading…

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Home Sweet Home

Last week children in the Core Child program learned all about their home- Nablus.  This is often a surprising week for children, as so often we find they aren’t aware of even the most basic information about their own homes. I recall when I was a child growing up in a small village and my parents took me to Nablus for the first time, I felt as though I was traveling to another country. Though I lived only a 15-minute car ride away, at that time many checkpoints separated my home from the city, making the journey feel like a Continue reading…

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Learning to work together

The third week of the Core Child afternoon program just finished. Children in this program are 6-8 years old. Each week of the twelve week session, Core Teachers implement lessons from a curriculum specifically designed for children from our target areas. Children from TYO’s target areas are generally considered ‘at risk’. They come from large families in poorer areas and therefore do not always get the home support needed. While education is greatly valued in Nabulsi society, often times parents do not have the educational background required to assist children with their studies. As such, TYO Core teachers work hard Continue reading…

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Involving Parents Makes all the Difference

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization’s Core Child program just wrapped up its second week of classes. TYO introduces variety of programs designed to help children develop the ability to express themselves. TYO provides children from marginalized areas, such as refugee camps, with a safe environment to play. Teachers in the Core Child Program conducted parent-teacher meetings at the start of the session. Parents of more than 70% of enrolled children attended the parent-teacher meetings. In the meetings, parents share notes and observations about their children, including any known behavioral issues and learning disabilities. The information provided by the parents helps the teachers Continue reading…

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Committed to Children’s Health and Well-Being

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization was delighted to open its doors this past week for the Spring Core Child session. Children from all over Nablus’s most disadvantaged areas bounded through the doors excited to meet their teachers and catch up with friends they hadn’t seen since the fall session. Aside from storytelling, critical thinking, sports, art, and basic literacy activities, what also awaited the children was a week full of healthy meals. A new study released Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine cited the importance of providing young children with well-balanced, nutritious meals. The study found that ‘the incidence of Continue reading…