MRS. DAVID’S ESOL BULLDOG NEWS
Cherokee Elementary School
This month in ESOL class, your child will continue to review uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and letter sounds they have been taught in their regular classroom. Learning to recognize letters and their sounds is a necessary step in learning to read. We have reviewed the letters Bb, Ff, Hh, Cc, Gg, Ll and Ee. Blowing bubbles, eating lollipops and cookies as well as making a fish are some of the activities included in reviewing letters and their sounds.
Classroom teachers use Animated Literacy for teaching letters and letter sounds. I also use Animated Literacy as well to reinforce what is being learned in their classroom. Animated Literacy uses specific characters and songs to teach letters and their sounds.
We are learning about what families do together, the names of colors and shapes and where these are found in our world. We have practice writing and counting numbers to 12.
We will discuss the holiday Thanksgiving and words associated with Thanksgiving such as pilgrims, Indian, feast, Mayflower, cornucopia and freedom. We will enjoy learning about different kinds of foods. Of course, tasting different types of foods will be the most fun!
“Centers, centers!” you may have heard your child say. On Friday, we have literacy centers. What are Literacy Centers? They are used to reinforce specific standards your child is learning in the classroom. Games, puzzles, books, letter stamps, Smart Table and computers are just some of the activities used in literacy centers.
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First and Second Grade News
Reading, reading, reading will continue to be the main focus for your child in ESOL class. Common Core Georgia Performance Standard and Georgia Milestones for first and second graders are to read words with purpose and understanding. In order to meet required Georgia standards, reading fluency is essential. Reading fluency means your child can look at a word and read it quickly and accurately. Consequently, in ESOL class, we learn to read each week’s vocabulary words. Reading comprehension means to understand what is read. In ESOL class we also concentrate on the meaning of vocabulary words as they relate to the weekly story. Look on your child’s homeroom teacher website accessed through the PSD website to see which words your child is learning each week or you can find them on my website as well.
Phonetics is the ability to decode or sound out unfamiliar words. In ESOL class, we are learning phonetic skills such as long and short vowels, word families (words that end the same way) and blends of letter sounds such as bl, cl, sl, and gl. This month we will focus on short vowel sounds of Ee, Ii and Uu as well as reviewing words with sh and th. In Second grade our focus will be on r-controlled vowel sound of ar, long vowel sounds of Oo, Aa and Ii.
In ESOL class, your child will learn vocabulary related to Thanksgiving such as pilgrims, Indians, Mayflower, feast, hardship and cornucopia. We will locate England and New England on a map. Your child will also learn some of the difficulties the pilgrims faced during the trip such as a shortage of food by eating” hard tack”, which resembles a hard biscuit.
On Friday, we have literacy centers. What are Literacy Centers? They are used to reinforce specific standards your child is learning in the classroom. Games, puzzles, Geo-Safari, folder games, books, letter stamps, Smart Table and computers are just some of the activities used in literacy centers. For example, one center recently had cards with pictures. Students were to identify the correct vowel sound by putting their finger in a hole in the card under a letter. By turning the card over, students could see if their answer was correct. Keeping points and playing with a partner made the game extra fun. Another center favorite is the Smart Table. Interactive games such as Keeper of the Castle and Jet Boat Harbor reinforce long and short vowel sounds as well as high frequency spelling words.
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