ESL Strategies and Activities to practice at home Special thanks to Mrs. Elena Shurdom, AHSD, for this Powerpoint Presentation.
Learning the Native Language • Learning one’s native language is unconscious and intuitive. • It begins in the first few weeks of life, and continues until age five or six. • Young children make associations between the sounds they hear and the actions they see. • Gradually they make sounds, form sounds into words and more complex structures like phrases and sentences. (Carrigan, 2009)
Listening Skills To help develop listening skills, let children listen and learn rhymes and songs. Click on the picture to listen to over 2,000 children’s song and rhymes.
Developing Reading Skills • Playing games is a great way to provide additional practice with early reading skills. (Bank Street College of Education 2009) Click on the picture to learn about six games you can use to help young readers practice word recognition, spelling patterns, and letter-sound knowledge.
More Reading Games Reading games are fun way to get your children not only involved but also excited about reading. Even "reluctant" readers are more likely to enjoy reading if they are having fun at the same time. Click on the image below to learn more.
Reading Tips for Parents • Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. • A downloadable handout of reading tips for parents of children in preschool to grade 3, is available in several languages. Click on the picture to see the link
Developing Writing Skills • Working with Art gives students who struggle with writing another way to show their understanding of the story. • Students might draw pictures or make collages. • Artistic activities are appropriate alternatives for good writers. (Clark & Graves, 2004)
Collages • Collage is cost effective. • Collage is good for children who speak any language. NO ENGLISH IS REQUIRED. • Collage is developmentally appropriate and is good for all children. (Lindsay, 2003)
Speaking Skills • Through social interaction of everyday life, children learn how to communicate with others. (Haneda & Wells, 2008)
Speaking Skills of English Language Learners • There is no early language experience in the language used at school • Developing Speaking Skills through the dialogue. (Haneda & Wells, 2008)
International Children’s Digital Library • As families move from country to country, in their new homelands, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to find children's books from their cultures and in their mother tongue. Children and their families deserve to have access to the books of their culture, as well as the majority culture, regardless of where they live. To learn more about the digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world click on the image