I had an amazing time singing, dancing, and playing many fun games with the kids in Lingshed. When I visited Lingshed I noticed a couple of things that need improving throughout the Read Ladakh program. One main problem for my partner and I was time. We would like to go to the class and talk for about ten minutes about what they had for breakfast and dinner, but we only had time for about one or two minutes because if we did any longer, we would be behind. Another thing that needed improving was grammar. I believe that grammar should be involved in that program, because just giving a kid a book, reading the book with them, then they read it and have to explain what’s going on is hard if you don’t know how to phrase the sentence. It’s like giving me a book in French and then asking me to read to you and tell what is going on. I would not know how to tell you in a full sentence if I don’t know how to construct proper sentences.
Yes in Lingshed, it might not be so much the problem that they don’t know how to answer, it might be that they’re shy, but in other remote places, they might not have so many high level teachers to teach them grammar. Some teachers have trouble reading the books out loud to them.
Since this program was also to train the teachers as well and teach the kids, we might as well train them on how to help their students on grammar. If that teacher can’t do that, then the teacher should not be teaching kids until she or he knows more than them in many different subjects. We also gave the students tablets to work on math and grammar. We put the kids on an app called KA-Lite. KA-Lite is Khan Academy, but without the internet. I believe that it went fairly smooth, but my only concern was how long it takes to actually get onto the lesson. It took us a good ten to fifteen minutes to actually get started.