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El Camino Bilingual School

El Camino Bilingual School

-Founded in 2003


10 Hijo mío, óyeme y acepta mis razones,
y los años de tu vida se alargarán.
11 Yo te muestro el camino de la sabiduría,
y te llevo por senderos de rectitud.

Proverbios 4:11

El Camino Supply List

El Camino Staff Needs


Recreo (Recess) 2009

History of El Camino

El Camino Bilingual school began as an experiment, combining home schooling in English with teaching local Spanish-speaking children.  In 2003 it began under a thatched roof, one room schoolhouse with several of the first missionary children of Loma de Luz Hospital, along with five gifted Honduran children.  The first class consisted of local village students and missionary kids who had attended the village school together for two previous years.  The home school curriculum was translated and taught bilingually in Spanish and English for more than 8 years.

As the years pass, the curriculum is modified to meet student needs with a mix of on-line classes, and courses taught by missionaries from Hospital Loma de Luz .   Roughly 25 Honduran elementary students learn English as a foreign language for two afternoons each week, supplementing their public school elementary education.

In 2012, El Camino launched its first Kindergarten class with the goal of becoming a fully accredited bilingual school in the year 2012.  With each new school year the subsequent grade will be added through the 12th grade.  This commitment looms large, since we have teachers in place for just the first year.

Students from the first Kindergarten class reading

 

Teachers with their young students 2012

 

 

 

 

Heading home after a school day in 2003

Why Start an Accredited Bilingual School?

Cornerstone and Asociación Piedra Angular de Honduras, believe Honduran children  are key to the sustainability of Loma de Luz  Hospital and satellite works, and will one day staff the Hospital, schools, and political offices in our area.
El Camino should, as it has in the past, continue to support the local public schools with supplies, books and volunteers.

Las Crucitas Teachers look on, as students compare their newly donated books. (2006)

The educational system in Honduras is extremely challenged to meet the needs.  Having worked with many local elementary and Jr. High students, teachers have found that they lack the foundation on which to add more challenging subjects.   With low adult literacy and no access to books much less computers or libraries, students have large hurdles to overcome for success in higher learning.   Providing strong foundations, beginning with kindergarten, will give these children a chance at reaching their great potential.

Teaching children early, and beginning with parents who value working and have positive attitudes toward a more demanding educational style, would give these kids a better chance at attending university or competing in the job market.  El Camino Bilingual is committed to equip hundreds of college bound students with a Christian world-view, fluency in at least two languages, strong computer skills and healthy study habits.  After their secondary school and university training, some students will return to the North Coast region, offering their professional skills in this underserved area. Perhaps others will hear God’s call to missions, or the cities of Honduras, which likewise need Christians to permeate and transform, through their testimony and skills, all levels of this society.

Finally, from beginning to end our goal and our reason for reaching out in these various ways, is that we want to see these children come to Christ each in their own way and to come to their full potential in the gifts which God gave them.  We want them to become the next generation of Honduran leaders; leaders who learned from “the ABCs” to “Advanced Composition” from “sharing crayons & “saying please and thank you” to the origins of Western Civilization and learned it from Christians who shared the best they had.

Angela and Linzy with three El Camino students in 2004

How you can Help.

The costs of running a school with volunteers and many of the infrastructure costs already in place, are less than most schools, even in Honduras.  However, these costs are still beyond what most parents in our area can afford.  Almost half of the children attending this year are from The Children’s Centre, which means we will cover all their costs.   Though half the parents will be paying a small tuition, it will not cover the total costs for their child.  Sponsoring a child for $25 /month, provides teaching materials and upkeep.

One time donations will be used for expansion and building. Any one-time and ongoing donations can be made to Cornerstone Foundation.

Help wanted

Missionary Volunteer teacher/tutor 2 needed for 2012-2013 school year:
1. Teaching the kindergarten or 1st grade.   Tutor MKs who’s parents (work at Hospital  LDL or Children’s Ctr).
2. Teach an ESL  class to about 24 kids ages 8-13 two afternoons each week.
3. Teach English in the local public schools one or more days a week.

Supplies Needed
Beginning Readers and Bilingual books
Paper and printing supplies
Please see supply list at the end of this page.

Jr. high students making a pyramid from adobe, during the study of Ancient Egypt, at El Camino.(2009)

Supply List El Camino Kindergarten

Games/Educational Toys:
Melissa & Doug:

  • Lace and Trace Shapes
  • Shape Sequence Sorting Set
  • Beginner Pattern Blocks
  • Magnetic Wooden Alphabet
  • See & Spell
  • Magnetic Wooden Numbers
  • Basic Skills Board
  • Bilingual Floor Puzzle-Numbers

Alphabet Teaching Puzzle Cards
Children’s musical instruments (tambourine, rhythm sticks, bells, triangle, shakers)
Dramatic play clothes (doctor, princess, farmer…)
Play Dough Tools
Blocks

Furniture
Art Easel
Chairs 15-20– small chairs (suggestion: 120 Series Poly Shell Chair 16H)
Carpet for “group time”

Books
Mi primera Biblia en cuadros/My First Bible in Pictures (Spanish Edition)

Arch Books (Bible Stories)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The Mitten Jan Brett (Author)

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

The Little House by VirginiaLee Burto

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Books By Laura Ingalls Wilder:

  • A Little Prairie House (Little House)
  • Summertime in the Big Woods (My First Little House)
  • Going West (My First Little House)
  • Sugar Snow (My First Little House)

The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey

One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian

Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslen

What Day Is It?/Que dia es hoy? (Green Light Readers Level 1) by Alex Moran

Big Pig and Little Pig/Cerdo y Cerdito (Green Light Readers Level 1) (Spanish and English Edition) by David McPhail

Curious George Cleans Up Spanish/English Bilingual Edition (Curious George – Level 1)

Curious George Plants a Seed Spanish/English Bilingual Edition by H. A. Rey

Curious George Cleans Up Spanish/English Bilingual Edition (Curious George – Level 1)

God’s Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs by Jim George

God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun from Proverbs by Elizabeth George

 

Updated 3.29.12