ELL Newsletter

October

Dear ELL Families

Conferences are right around the corner. I would like to meet with you briefly before or after Mrs. Barnowsky's conference to review your child's ELL progress. Please let me know a time that works for you, otherwise I will email you once you schedule a conference with Mrs. B.

We will welcome our 5th grade buddies this week. We are also fortunate to have grannies read with us two times a week during ELL. Inviting these wonderful people into our class allows the children one-on-one time to practice important kindergarten skills with a mentor.

Academics

We balance our ELL class time with a couple different components. We use Lexia Core 5 Reading during our transition time when the am and pm classes come together. We sing, dance and listen to stories using seasonal books, nursery rhymes and GrapeSEED. GrapeSEED is an oral language program that promotes early literacy through multiple repetitions of familiar content. When your child brings the GrapeSEED book home they are practicing beginning reading skills by reading the parts of the story they remember to you, watching the DVD, or listening to the book on CD. Encourage your child to practice tracking print while enjoying these activities. Memorization is one of the first stages of reading, so please encourage your child to read the parts they remember and celebrate the reading they are doing. This familiarity and confidence will grow into a lifetime of success. Rereading the copied books that come home with your child each Friday also supports this growth. Keep the books in a basket at home for your child to come back to again and again.

Something to Try...

When traveling over the weekend take the GrapeSEED book and CD with you in the car. It's a great way to keep your child entertained while you're out together. The Lexia Core 5 app is another great way for your child to practice important skills during down time. Please let me know if you need the login information again.

Featured Author - Jerry Pallotta

At a conference I attended last week, Jerry Pallotta was one of the featured presenters. He does a wonderful job incorporating literary elements and science themes into his stories. I read 3 of his books to our class last week and the children LOVED them. I've listed some titles in Book Recommendations below. Consider checking them out of your public library.
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Book Recommendations

  • The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston

  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams
  • Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

By Jerry Pallotta:

  • The Icky Bug Alphabet Book
  • Who Would Win? Whale Vs. Giant Squid
  • Eyeball Alphabet Book
  • The Incredible Crab Alphabet Book

Internet Links

Links to stories and songs we know:
Five Little Pumpkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm1qvX1ygOo
Shake Them Skeleton Bones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns91jtuPHZI
Fish Alive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ir_l7qTiZ4

Featured Website

Bucks County Free Library offers a free online program that helps children with kindergarten skills. “Let’s Play School” is divided into 20 sections, called badges. Each badge has a different learning theme with five fun activities. You don’t need a library card, just register a computer, tablet or smartphone with an email address. You can find it at: http://www.buckslib.org/letsplay/

Reminders

  • October 31 - Halloween, NO ELL

  • November 2 - Springfield Family Book Fair Night 4-7
  • November 7 - SEPTA Meeting 7:00
  • November 10 - Evening Conferences
  • November 17 - Evening Conferences
  • November 18 - Springfield Fall Bingo Night
  • November 22 - 1/2 day of school, conferences, NO ELL
  • November 23-28 - Student Thanksgiving Break