Talking is Teaching fomenta el aprendizaje en familia
Talking is Teaching helps families learn together

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Por William R. Wynn
bill@lasemanadelsur.com

TULSA, OK – Parecería que no hay nada más natural que tener un hijo y si bien esto es así, el programa de Talking is Teaching que en Tulsa es administrado por Educare, le ofrece las mamás, los papás y los miembros de las familias locales criar a sus hijos con consejos y recursos que nos permitirán que los más pequeños crezcan aprendiendo hábitos que los ayudarán durante su ciclo escolar.

Angel tiene 4 años y es el hijo de Liz Rangel, desde que tiene 7 semanas participa del programa de Educare en Kendall-Whittier, Cali, su hermana arrancó cuando tenía seis meses. Rangel cree fervientemente en que Talking is Teching ayuda a los niños a aprender y a la familia a crear más lazos.

El principio que guía a la organización es que hablar es enseñar, por eso desde que los niños son pequeños hay que hablarles, cantarles y leerles. “Los más pequeños suelen fascinarse más con las fotos y los dibujos, pero aún así aprenden”, dijo Rangel, agregando que sus niños están super contentos cuando un libro nuevo llega al hogar.

Además de asistir con la currícula escolar Talking is Teaching beneficia las familias con una gran cantidad de recursos y actividades para ayudar a que todos tengan las mejores oportunidades de aprendizaje. Abby Lehman explicó que la organización realiza eventos de lectura mensual que se focalizan en distintos temas, son en inglés y castellano y los niños se llevan a casa un libro después de cada evento. “Aprenden mucho”, dijo Lehman. “Y aprenden mucho de los demás”.

Lehman dijo que los padres se llevan a casa tarjetas bilingües con estrategias y consejos para que el aprendizaje siga en el hogar.

Para Rangel y sus niños Talking is Teaching se ha convertido en una herramienta invaluable para fomentar el aprendizaje en la etapa inicial y hacer actividades entretenidas en el hogar.

“Me ayudaron mucho cuando nos enseñaron sobre hablarle a los niños sobre la necesidad de las rutinas”, recuerda Rangel. “Eso fue lo mejor que pe pasó, porque me costaba bañarlos, levantarlos, cambiarlos, pero una vez que empiezan las rutinas funcionan”.

Rangel dijo que su familia creó canciones para ir al colegio, tomar el desayuno y otras actividades diarias. “Cantamos pero en realidad les digo que es lo que va a pasar después”. “Hacemos lo mismo para vestirnos e ir al colegio. Una vez en la escuela cantamos sobre almorzar y así seguimos”.

El programa Talking is Teaching es para Rangel un “antes y un después”, porque genera desafíos para los niños y nos permite compartir experiencias de aprendizaje. Además, Rangel dice que el porgrama la ha ayudado a hablarle a sus niños con las palabras exactas. “Antes les decíamos ponéte las medias, ahora ponela en la pierna izquierda y en la derecha”, una diferencia abismal.

Si deseas obtener los beneficios de Talking is Teaching no necesitas inscribirte, todos los meses la organización realiza eventos en la zona de Tulsa en castellano y en inglés. Visita el sitio http://talkingisteaching.org/resources y pregunta en tu iglesia si pueden organizar eventos con Talking is Teaching. (La Semana)

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By William R. Wynn
bill@lasemanadelsur.com

TULSA, OK — It would seem that nothing is more natural than parenthood, and while this is certainly true, the Talking is Teaching program run locally by Tulsa Educare provides moms, dads, and other family members helping to raise children with important tips and resources to make sure their little ones get the best possible start in life while developing learning habits that will stick with them throughout their school years and the time they become parents themselves. Liz Rangel’s four-year-old son, Angel, has attended the Kendall-Whittier Educare School since he was just seven weeks old, and her two-year-old daughter, Cali, started at the age of six months. Rangel is a firm believer in how much Talking is Teaching is helping both of her children learn while helping the family grow closer together.

The key principle of Talking is Teaching is speaking and singing with your young children at every opportunity from the time they are born, and, of course, reading with them.

“The little ones are more interested in the pictures, but even from that they’re learning,” Rangel said, adding that her kids are excited whenever they bring a new book home.

In addition to their curriculum at school, Talking is Teaching kids and their families benefit from a wide range of resources and special events to reinforce the concept that so many aspects of everyday life can be teaching and learning opportunities. Educare’s Abby Lehman explained that the school holds monthly group reading events that focus on a different topic each time. There are both Spanish and English reading groups, and the kids get to take home a book reinforcing the topic of the month.

“They get a lot from it,” Lehman said. “And they get a lot from each other.” Lehman said parents take home bilingual cards with helpful tips and strategies so kids can continue learning at home.

For Rangel and her children, Talking is Teaching has proven to be an invaluable tool not just for encouraging learning at an early age but in managing everyday household activities as well.

“I really got something out of when they taught us about talking to kids about routines,” Rangel recalled. “That was the best thing for me, because it was hard to get them in the shower, it was hard to get them up in the morning to get dressed, but once you start doing routines you will see the difference.”

Rangel said her family has made songs out of things like going to class, having breakfast, and other daily activities. “We’re singing, but I’m really teaching them what’s coming up,” Rangel explained. “We do the same thing for dressing them and they know they’re going to go to school. Once we’re at school, we’re singing that we’re going to go have breakfast.”

Rangel describes the Talking is Teaching program as “a lifesaver” because of how it has made the challenges of child rearing into fun shared learning experiences. Rangel said another thing she has learned from Talking is Teaching is the importance of using detailed words when talking to her kids. “Where before I would say, ‘put on your socks,’ now I say, ‘put it on your left leg, put it on your right leg,’ and they know the difference thanks to this program,” Rangel said. “Helping me has helped them.”

But you don’t have to have your kids enrolled in Educare to benefit from what Talking is Teaching has to offer. Monthly events are held at churches throughout the Tulsa area, and resources are also available in both English and Spanish at http://talkingisteaching.org/resources. Ask your church about sponsoring Talking is Teaching events, and go online to see how big a difference you can make in your child’s life. (La Semana)