by a teacher, a Pasil, Cebu City child ponders over the answer
during a number identification game in the Math Olympics.
Math Olympics for Pasil kids
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
June 20, 2015
CEBU CITY – The
Arcanys Early Learning Foundation and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
Inc. (RAFI)-Dolores Aboitiz Children's Fund conducted a Math Olympics
for beneficiaries of their "District Transformation Through Parent
Coaching" project last May 13 and 15, benefiting children and parents
of Barangay Pasil, Cebu City.
Under the program, Arcanys
teachers went house-to-house to teach children Math skills,
specifically rote counting, number recognition, object identification,
numerical magnitude, missing number and simple addition.
The teachers also made the
parents participate by letting them help teaching their children. The
parents were made to interact with their children while the teacher
observed their behaviours. This way, the parents realized that they,
too, have the responsibility in teaching their children instead of
just making their kids go off to school and leaving the responsibility
to the teachers.
RAFI-DACF Grants Officer Jan
Montilla said that through the project, the parents likewise learned
to monitor their children's progress in school.
"This project aims to teach
young children with early mathematical skills that are proven by
research to contribute to cognitive development and personal success
in life. It also aims to teach and develop parents' ability to teach
their children and gain positive parents skill,” she said.
Montilla said the project
was also an opportunity for parents to gain something, as Arcanys and
RAFI held Parenting Education Session for them to learn how to teach
their children correctly.
After months of being taught
by Arcany’s teachers, the pupils and their parents showed what they
learned through a Math Olympics at the Pasil Gym, where they also
participated in the fun games and activities.