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Please visit my POSTS to read interesting and informative articles as well as information about what we are doing in ESL!

 

 

Some ESL FAQ:

 

Who is an ESL student?

ESL students are students who have acquired another language before they were exposed to English. They differ in languages, cultural backgrounds, previous education, levels of English proficiency, exposure to English outside the school, and amount of time in the US.

 

What is the goal of the ESL program?

The goal of our program is to expose the student to essential academic, cultural, and social English in order to ensure success in the classroom as well as with their peers. We help the students to develop both communicative skills and academic language proficiency in English in order to achieve success in school.

 

How are the students identified for the ESL program?

All potential ESL students are given a standard test.  This is a nationwide test which is recognized by the NJ State Department of Education. Potential ESL students are identified by the language survey completed at registration. Teachers and parents may also recommend children for testing for this program.

 

What is the ESL program?

Our ESL program stresses listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and American Culture. We provide support in content areas such as science, social studies, reading, and mathematics.

 

What is the length of the ESL session?

The children in Kindergarten come to ESL 30 minutes daily. Older students vary from 30 to 40 minutes. Newcomers may also get additional ESL periods if the teacher deems it beneficial.

 

Can an ESL student also participate in other programs such as Gifted and Talented, Basic Skills Instruction, Band, or chorus?

Our ESL students are absolutely able to participate in all activities offered by the Marlboro Schools.

 

How does the ESL program benefit the parents?

Our ESL program and the ESL teachers offer their services as a liaison between the school, the classroom teacher, and the students. The ESL teachers readily answer parents' questions about homework, tests, projects, book reports, classroom parties and activities.

 

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you can contact me via email with the link on the RIGHT.
 

Recent Posts

Winter Read-A-Thon Contest

Imagine Learning is having a winter Read-A-Thon.  Log 60 minutes (3 sessions) on the program from December 18 - January 5 and you will be automatically entered into the Winter Break Givaway for one of five Fire Tablets.  Work on Language and Literacy this winter break and you can start the new year with the coolest technology! Click the post to see the flier.
 
Directions to log in are on the right under "Imagine Learning At Home."  If you need you child's user name or password, please email me at jgrogan@mtps.org 
Multicultural books
Image via barnesandnobel.com.  Click HERE to be directed to a list of 10 children's books that celebrate diversity. And be sure to check out the article below!

Multicultural Books

It's the holidays and many of us are looking for interesting, educational gifts for our kids and grandkids.  Toys are fun but you can't beat a good book to curl up with this winter.  With that in mind, today I'm sharing a great article from HuffPost with 8 helpful resources for finding great MULTICULTURAL books.  As the author, Taylor Pittman, says, "All kids deserve to see themselves in the pages of a book." You can also check out #weneeddiversebooks on Twitter for information. 
 
You can find the HuffPost article HERE.  Happy Reading!!!

Thanksgiving Playlist

Tomorrow is the American holiday Thanksgiving! We have been learning quite a bit about our friends, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. We talked about their story and compared what it was like "long ago" to "today". The children did a great job imagining what it was like at the first Thanksgiving feast! From my family to yours, I wish you a most peaceful Thanksgiving. I count you and your children when I make a list of the things I am thankful for this year. While you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast tomorrow (or even if it's just a regular dinner!), keep the kids busy with some Thanksgiving stories! And don't forget to watch the parade!

Interesting Article Alert!

I read a wonderful article on the challenges and rewards of raising bilingual children on cleveland.com today.  The author, Ida Lieszkovszky, discusses the ups and downs of raising her 2-year-old speaking only Hungarian. She clearly lays out the many, MANY benefits of being bilingual while also being truthful about some of the struggles and unsolicited advice from strangers in the supermarket. In a passage I think everyone can relate to, Lieszkovszky says:
 
"Of course I want a smarter and more understanding child who is less likely to develop dementia later on, but the fact is I'd raise my son bilingual even if it meant no other added advantages because Hungarian is important to my family personally and culturally."
 
If you would like to read more, you can find the article here.
 

Ten Fat Turkeys
Talking turkey about action words! We acted out and matched our turkey verbs with the book Ten Fat Turkeys and some pictures from the book!  The kids had a great time jumping, blowing and strutting!

Tips For Parents of Kindergarteners

Today I bring you Tips for Parents of Kindergartners from the wonderful website Colorin Colorado.  Here are some excellent things you can do with your child to promote language development.  Enjoy!

Tips for Parents of Kindergartners

Play with letters, words, and sounds! Having fun with language helps your child learn to crack the code of reading. These tips offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.

Talk to your child

Ask your child to talk about his day at school. Encourage him to explain something they did, or a game he played during recess.

Say silly tongue twisters

Sing songs, read rhyming books, and say silly tongue twisters. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.

Read it and experience it

Connect what your child reads with what happens in life. If reading a book about animals, relate it to your last trip to the zoo.

Use your child's name

Point out the link between letters and sounds. Say, "John, the word jump begins with the same sound as your name. John, jump. And they both begin with the same letter, J."

Play with puppets

Play language games with puppets. Have the puppet say, "My name is Mark. I like words that rhyme with my name. Does park rhyme with Mark? Does ball rhyme with Mark?"

Trace and say letters

Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter's sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.

Write it down

Have paper and pencils available for your child to use for writing. Working together, write a sentence or two about something special. Encourage her to use the letters and sounds she's learning about in school.

Play sound games

Practice blending sounds into words. Ask "Can you guess what this word is? m - o - p." Hold each sound longer than normal.

Read it again and again

Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time! As you read, pause and ask your child about what is going on in the book.

Talk about letters and sounds

Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! "I'm thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmmmm."