Casita Linda’s kids have fun reading
By Matthew Carroll, photos by Jade Arroyo
Casita Linda, a Mexican non-profit organization dedicated to building safe and secure homes for the extremely impoverished in San Miguel, presented a summer reading program to children living in these houses. The project’s goal was to help the participants experience the fun of reading, the joy of books and a sense of accomplishment.
The teacher was Isabel Castrejon Pascacio, who has studied in Puerto Vallarta and in France. Fourteen classes were held at the Biblioteca over seven weeks, and a graduation celebration took place on August 15. Fifteen students between ages 6 and 13 attended classes, and many parents volunteered as assistants. The curriculum focused on different types of literature, reading and discussing three classic works, and expressing knowledge through writing journals, oral presentations, skits and artwork.
The success of the program was manifested by high student attendance and participation, comprehensive understanding of the content and collaborative work. Behavior in all lessons was exemplary. Parents commented that their children counted the days in anticipation of the next class. At the graduation ceremony, the pupils described favorite book characters, read excerpts and explained context and clearly felt proud of their achievement.
Casita Linda would like to thank Isabel for her excellent instruction, enthusiasm and hard work, parents for encouraging their children to do their best, and the Biblioteca for providing the space for free.
A similar program held during vacation periods involving other children living in Casita Linda houses is planned.