August 15, 2017 Helping Out at La Miranda
Recently, Tess Dilan and I traveled to La Miranda Apartments. They provide daycare for some of the children that live in the complex. The kids were adorable, lively, and all seemed happy to be there. The children were split into two groups, and Tess and I were each assigned to one of them. Initially, I joined one of the supervisors on the playground with my group, outside. When it was time to go back inside, the children used practice worksheets and the white board to work on their letters. Some of the older children were able to assist the younger ones with learning.
The morning passed quickly, and before we knew it, it was lunchtime. Afterward, the kids spent time reading and using educational learning programs installed on tablets. The supervisors again paired an older child with a younger one. The older child used their skills to teach the younger ones how to sound out words, explain words they didn’t know, and answer any questions the little ones had under our supervision.
In addition to the tablets were slightly larger tablets that were essentially audiobooks. The children wore headphones and read along while they listened to the story. This system helped reinforce certain word sounds, pronunciations, and more!
The kids were very excited whenever they were given a chance to read books or use the tablets.
To ensure the children would have an easy time picking out books that were suitable for their grade/skill level, I went back the next day and used stickers to color code the books.