June 28, 2022
Summer is here, which means the school year is behind us, and rejuvenation time is happening! I know the feeling of finishing
up your end-of-year checklist and breathing a sigh of relief that you made it oh so well.
What does summer have in store for you? Are you taking a rest or are you teaching summer school?
There are always students who need to learn and those of us who teach summer school rise to the occasion! If that’s you, you may be channeling your energy into your next project: making summer school fun but worthwhile!
Read on to take a look at a freebie that you NEED for summer school (or the beginning of next year), a fun word to define, and an engaging
resource to help your students practice understanding where and how to speak different types of English.
To move with a clumsy tread
AKA how you’re probably moving to your couch to kick your feet up after a long school year of teaching!
I’ll bet you do! Or are you expecting newcomers this fall?
freebie is just what you need to get started on the right foot. Unit 1 of my ESL Newcomer Units is free. Download the first unit for free to see what an impact this resource will make this summer!
Featuring flipbooks, survival vocabulary task cards, and an alphabet review, this resource covers several basic English skills exposing your students to novice-level English tasks.
Looking for other resources for your newcomers? Because ELL students learn BICS (basic interpersonal communication skills) first, they may be communicating in unpolished English featuring a lot of slang. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we want to teach our ELLs to use
the correct register when they’re in the classroom. My Formal & Informal Language resource is great for all levels of language learners. Watch as your students become engaged by discussing
the complexities of the English language by sorting, matching, and playing games with the content. Take a look at my Formal & Informal Language resource below:
No matter where you’re spending your time this summer, in or out of the classroom, I hope this summer is full of sunshine and smiles as you reflect on this past school year and prepare for the one to come, some sooner than later!
My very best,
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June 20, 2022
June 14, 2022
No Prep Fun Ways to
Develop Oral Language
Strong oral language skills build the foundation for literacy and academic success. This is true for native English speakers and English Language learners alike. As ESL teachers, this crucial skill can be challenging to develop in shy and hesitant ELLs.
Ready for an easy no-prep way to engage your students while building oral language proficiency?
Picture prompts are fun and creative ways to get your students talking or writing! Pictures can add engagement and fun while practicing sequencing, describing, and more.
Here are a few of my favorites!
Here are a few of my favorites!
What are your favorite ways to develop oral language with your students?
June 9, 2022
Summer is here!
Are you looking for a way to connect with students and their parents during the summer months?
Mailing off a list of summer activities that promote literacy and math during the vacation months might be what you are looking for.
Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children during the summer, but lose the list as summer sets in. Mailing them a checklist of summer activities connects you with them.
Here is a list of great weekly activities parents can choose from:
· Library Time! Go to the public library once a week
· Old and Young! Visit a senior center once a week and read someone there a book.
· Estimate It! Keep an estimation jar and have your kids guess the amount once a week! Make sure they count the beans, rocks, etc. to verify their estimation.
· Clean-Up Day. Choose a local park to visit weekly. Pick up any trash you find and then have a picnic!
· Journal Time. Once a week have your child write in a summer journal. Orally review the week together and then give your child time to write about the events of the past week.
· Wrap It Up! At the beginning of the summer pick out 8 to 10 books that your child wants to read. Wrap them up in gift wrap and once a week let your child choose the book he/she will read for that week.
· Game Day! Reserve one day a week for game day. Gather together several games and let your children choose which game they want to play. Young children can build math skills by playing go fish or concentration with a simple deck of cards.
· Research It! Catch bugs and research them with your kids! Great fun and builds investigation skills in your children.
· Put on a Play! Once a week read a play with your children. Dress up and act it out. This is a great way to continue literacy during the summer.
· Local Museum. Call your local museum and ask when they offer free hours. In the summer many museums offer free hours and days.
· Lemonade Stand! Teach your child about money and responsibility by having a lemonade stand once a week during specific hours. Shopping, counting change, and determining profit are all great Math skills for your child!
· Keep in Touch! Let your kid write a family newsletter once a week. This is a great way to learn about summarizing as they describe the week's activities. Kids can type up the newsletter, add photos and send them out to all the grandparents.
Click here for a printout of these activities you can send home!
Leave a comment below and tell us how you connect with students during the summer break.
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