Learning at Home
It is essential that you work with your child at home to ensure English language development. Set aside time to practice language on a regular basis.
Infant to Kindergarten Children
Read together every day. Once your child is six months old, read to him or her for at least 15 minutes each day. Experts say this is one of the most important things you can do! Make reading together a warm and loving time!
Sing and talk with your child every day! When children are young, they learn by listening and talking with their parents, relatives, babysitters, and others. This can happen in English or in your child's first language, as building a first language greatly helps the ability to learn a second language in the future.
Some other activities can include:
- Practicing with numbers 1-10
- Singing the alphabet song
- Matching familiar household items with letter sounds
Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day! Encourage your child to re-read favorite books and poems. Re-reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately.
Make sure your child does homework every night. Look over your child's homework and have him or her explain to you what they are learning in class each day. This will help your child to better understand the new material being learned each day.
Find ways to read, write, and tell stories together with your child. Always applaud your young reader and story writer!
Have an open line of communication with your child's teacher(s) so that you know in what area(s) your child might be struggling. Contact your child's ESOL teacher to find out ways to help your child's language and academic growth.
Encourage your child to be involved with extracurricular activities. Being involved with a variety of activities helps students to grow in both language proficiency and independence.