Literacy Education and Math Lab (LEMA)

The Literacy Education and Math Lab (LEMA) is a playful space for the exploration of reading, writing and math. The labs can be established in or out of the school, and are the responsibility of "Learning Coaches" who are trained to use a coherent pedagogical strategy and sequencing in teaching.
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The Literacy Education and Math Lab (LEMA) is a playful space for the exploration of reading, writing and math. The methodology is based on board games that make learning fun, effective and easy to replicate. These labs develop children’s ability to work effectively in small groups, to think critically, to communicate verbally and through writing, and to read and comprehend.

LEMA seeks to develop, support, remediate and/or accelerate the acquisition of reading, writing and math as fundamental tools for lifelong learning. The labs can be established in or out of the school, and are the responsibility of "Learning Coaches," who are trained to use a coherent pedagogical strategy and sequencing. Learning Coaches can be community members, mothers, young people or teachers, depending on the needs of the community and available resources. For example, in El Salado, Colombia, the organization worked with members of the community, as teachers were scarce. In Barranquilla the organization worked with young people who were part of a youth development and civic engagement initiative.

 

These learning coaches are trained and coached for the duration of the program. They are trained on pedagogical principles, creation of facilitative learning environments and facilitation skills, and for using LEMA educational games and play-based learning methodology. Each Learning Coach divides the class into groups of four children.  Each group then works independently to complete a set of tasks on a board game.

 

The games used are like puzzles that offer an organized sequence of activities to develop literacy and mathematical thinking skills.  They emphasize communication and peer to peer learning, collaboration, problem solving and teamwork. The organization says its games are especially useful in multi-grade classrooms as it provides teachers with a tool to organize groups based on skill, so children can learn at their own pace.