Update from the KKIS (Keeping Kids In School) Project of Little Learner Initiative – Mexico
After two weeks of attending the DIF school everyday to teach the children how to use the English language Curriculum and computer program by Brillkids called Little Reader, which is a part of a Scholarship by EEECF through LLI-Mexico, a larger group of volunteers began speaking with the kids in small groups two days a week. Each volunteer had between 6 and 10 students grouped around one end of a long table shared by another group. We passed out notebooks for each child to keep as their English language book and asked them what English words they already knew. Many repeated the words they had learned with Little Reader and wrote them in their books. The children were excited and grateful for our attention and trust in their learning process.
Then we began with common phrases they would encounter in their jobs interacting with English speaking tourists. “How are you?” “Fine, thanks.” “How much does this cost?” “Ten pesos.” This then led into numbers for some of the volunteer teachers. It was all improvised and went very well.
Hopefully next week we will have a bingo game with the vocabulary words which have been introduced so far through the program, a bingo card with photos and buttons to cover the squares until there is a winner. We received a donation of a huge supply of toothbrushes and paste and may use them as the prizes for the winners. This school continues all summer and throughout the year, so if you are in Playa del Carmen and would like to volunteer either Tuesday or Thursday from 11 – 12, please get in touch with KKIS or LLI-Mexico!