Date(s) - May 21, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Have you ever wished your child could learn another language but didn’t know how to begin? It will be easy thanks to a new FREE workshop at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. Let’s Play Loteria con YoCasa! will be offered once a month on Saturday for children ages 5 – 13. New Dates will be added, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Parents can register online using the form below or call 910-341-7860. Spanish speaking parents may also register at 910-777-4325.
This spring season: Loteria/Bilingual Bingo theme is Family Fun! The score cards have the number, picture, and object description in Spanish. At the beginning, I hand out the score cards and go over all the ground rules, so even new participants get familiar with spanish context. Other components includes arts & crafts, music, storytelling, and the overview of the History development of the game, “Loteria” in Mexico and beyond!
Children will join bilingual storyteller Yolanda House as she shares childhood stories on the arts, culture, and language found in the Mexican folk bingo game called “Loteria”. Young participants will play Loteria in a group, linguistically engage while learning Spanish vocabulary, and hear bilingual stories of the origins of the beloved game. The interactive experience will include Mexican treats, music, and art. Loteria con YoCasa! Is a wonderful activity for siblings!
Benefits for children speaking more than one language are well documented and include improved academic results, a better sense of self-worth, identity and belonging, and more diverse opportunities in life. Bilingual and cultural immersion have the power to enrich lives, create greater harmony among people, and help bring a community together.
“The Community Arts Center belongs to everyone in the Port City and thanks to Yolanda House we are able to offer an experience to better connect with our Hispanic/Latino residents,” said Susan Habas, Executive Director of Thalian Association. “We want the center to be the place for everyone to come together to share a love of language, visual & performing arts, culture, learning, and play.”