Jul 17, 2013

Vacation classes







The past week was dedicated to vacation classes instead of normal classes. Due to a break, La Esperanza Granada took advantage of the opportunity to lead reading classes, mathematics lessons and, above all, stimulate the kids and give them a will to learn.
All the volunteers and ayudantes together created groups which would be in charge of a bunch of kids for the whole week. It is at the school Pablo Antonio Cuadra that the classes took place every morning from 8am to 12am. 

The principal aim of this week was a better tutoring for each kid as the number of volunteers and ayudantes was bigger. After having mathematics in the morning, the kids worked on a story throughout the entire week. First of all, they had to imagine it and create the characters. After that, they had to write the story all together in their respective groups. On Friday morning, each group presented its story in front of the whole school. Some groups named one kid to represent them and read the story while others decided to act the story as if it was a small theater play. 

Thanks to these classes, the kids learned how to work in a group. They received special attention from the volunteers who could help them more individually to work on their difficulties. During this week, several volunteers and ayudantes could see a real progress in the kids’ proficiency and especially for one of them who, at the beginning of the week, barely knew the basics (like MA, ME, MI …) and who, on Friday morning, managed to read some sentences. 

It is exactly for this kind of things that our volunteers and ayudantes work hard every day with their classes. When such a thing happens, we realize that all the effort, patience and love with which La Esperanza Granada works are not vain.
We do believe in giving a hand up, not a handout!