This blog shares the good works of out Counterpane Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, GA, in RD6900. Students go weekly to the IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Atlanta to train teachers and learners
Two Interactors and a parent and/or teacher go to the Atlanta location of the IRC each week to assist in the training with Souns for the refugees. These lovely people from so many places in the world are often not literate in their own language and then must adapt to our culture within a short period of time. Souns has helped them tremendously and helping with the program helps our students as well. For a time we worked with the refugee children as well, but they are not there long enough to make a difference and it is the mother that is our focus now. The mothers most often do not feel competent as teachers of their children. We are changing that, as we train them to train their children with Souns, in the same way they learn themselves. It is pretty impressive to see the difference it is making. We have been doing this for nearly five years now. It is no small outcome to see the compassion demonstrated by our students.
Click this line to see an IRC Bulletin sharing this project.
||I registered for the Florida Literacy Conference on a whim. My rationale went something like this, “Adult and Family Literacy certainly applies to SensAbleLearning, LLC, I’ll go.” It was a very good whim.
At the conference, I had my first experience using Souns® with an adult learner. He inquisitively looked at the Souns® symbols (letters) and I explained quickly how the program worked the first time he happened by. I realized quickly that his curiosity was more than piqued as he touched the letters and said the sounds with me. I wondered if he could read, but I did not ask.
He left to attend a workshop but he soon returned and apologized for having to leave. I asked if he would like to sit and work with me for a bit using Souns®. He said yes. We went through each letter sound, just as the program suggests. Most of the sounds he learned very quickly. I have the tracking sheet we used. He did not recognize many of the letter sounds initially, but we practiced and he learned. Next, I began building words with him using Souns® symbols and the objects I have ready in my box of three letter words. With each new word he built, a smile stretched from ear to ear displaying his delight in what I can only assume is a new understanding of this mysterious language code. I wish I had more time with this young man.
I loved every ah-ha moment that came across the faces of trained professionals, tutors and scholars as they “got” how teaching sounds first before letter names removes much of the confusion not needed for a beginning reader. But, the ah-ha that will remain in my heart is the one I saw in the smile of the curious young man.
Della Palacios Founder and Owner of SensAble Learning, LLC