Ms. Kim's ESOL Class

Welcome to Ms. Kim's 2nd grade ESOL class!

What are we practicing this week?

The students are learning to read the short vowel family words.

What reading strategies are we working on? (Monitor and Self Correction)

We are working on sounding out the beginning and the end of the words when we read. Students are encouraged to carefully listen to their own reading and see if what they said is reflective of how the word is written. This skill requires that students know the sounds of the alphabet and cross check if the sound they are producing matches with the text they are seeing. This strategy is called self monitoring. Students need to learn to self monitor and re-read the text if there is a mismatch between what they said and what they see. This helps the readers to understand the text accurately.

How can I support my child at home?

When you are reading with your child and notice his mistake, you can use the guiding questions below.

1. Look at the beginning of the word. What letter do you see? What sound does that letter make?

2. Look at the end of the word. what letter(s) do you see? what sound does this ending make?

3. You said "misread word", let's look at the word again, does that look like "misread word"? When the word doesn't look right, we need to go back and re-read. Let's read the beginning and the end of the word.

4. When the child corrects his mistake, praise his effort and achievement. " You went back and re-read the word to make sure that the word looked right." That is how good readers make sure that he is reading it correctly.

What books are we reading?

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Below are short vowel songs that will reinforce the skills your child is learning in class.

Have your child listen to the songs first.

Then, have your child sing along the songs.

Last, mute sound on the video, and have him sing the songs by himself!

Short Vowel 'A', Word Family Phonics Song - Man & Cat
Short Vowel 'E', Word Family Phonics Song - Ben, Pet a Vet

Fabulous Work Samples

Did you know?

Reading is “brain food”

"Our brains develop as we “feed” them with experiences. The experience of reading (whether you’re the reader or the one being read to) activates and “exercises” many of the areas of the brain. The visual cortex works as your eyes track the words on the page and look at the illustrations. Your memory makes connections between what you already know about the topic of the story and its content. You integrate new information learned through reading further strengthening and growing your network of knowledge. Reading provides one of the most enriching and complex brain activities available in life."

Why Read 20 Minutes a Day? (2015).

Contact Ms. Kim

Please contact Ms. Kim for any questions, concerns, or suggestions for your child's progress.