How to Facilitate Oral Language Development: 5 Tips for Parents Whose Primary Language Is NOT English
I hope you find the following tips helpful to develop oral language skills in your young child. They are based on my experience as a speech and language pathologist and include wisdom gathered from English Language Learning specialists:
Your child's language learning years are precious. Your child will not pass this way again. Jump into his language learning using your primary language and by all means, delight in the experience.
Elaine Alzos, MA-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School and Deaf Services
Please join us for our annual truck or treat. If you wish to decorate your trunk please notify your child’s classroom teacher. All candy MUST be NUT Free. If you are decorating a trunk please bring your own candy to hand out.
You may set up from beginning at 9 am and the students will come outside around 9:30.
Reminder that school closes at noon on Friday for teacher in-service. Please arrive between 11:45-12 for pick up.
Today the school remembered 9/11 by gathering in circle drive for a moment of silence and lit candles. They also offered flower in remembrance of this heartbreaking day.
A great time was had by all!! Thanks to all who helped and all who attended. Enjoy some photos below...
It is hard to believe that summer camp is all done, even though we had 10 weeks of it! (that's an extra week compared to our usual summer program!). We had so many amazing moments and we think that this has been the best summer yet!
Here are some of our Summer Camp Highlights:
A very special thank you to all parents and staff who participated in our Summer Camp program and for making it so much fun! Enjoy the break.
The school will be closed until August 23, the first day of school. Parent Orientation at 1 pm.
Are you ready for one more week of summer? It flew by really fast. We just finished week 9 and it was "Theater and Face Painting" week. We did face painting and more face painting. Children asked to be specific characters of plays, movies, or wild animals. The three stories that became our plays this week were: "The Coyote and the Lizard", a Native American story; a Russian story "Bear Squash You All Flat", aka "The Mitten" and "The Little Red Hen". As we practiced our lines, casted the characters in the roles and acted according to the story, we quickly realized - this is hard work! And it takes a lot of time! But it was also a lot of fun. By the way, here is link to a study about the effect of Drama on Brain Function:
This week we were able to have a Bike Day! Children were super excited to ride their bikes in the parking lot. After riding, we had a delicious watermelon snack in the "coffee shop" section of the parking lot, by the sensory gardens.
We raised our lady bugs who have successfully transformed into adults and we released them in our gardens next to the insects that we thought looked like aphids. Hopefully, they have a good life. We read that they live for about a year in the wild. We will be watching them.
Next week is our "Garden Harvest Week". Please remember:
Enjoy the photos.
See you next week.
We just finished our Science Week, which is week 8! Only 2 more weeks to go. We have been studying astronomy! Some of the most interesting celestial objects that captured our attention were nebulas, stars, star systems, planets, galaxies and black holes. We even learned about the different parts of the galaxy and had so many questions about what's out there. Are we really alone in this universe? Are there aliens out there? Would we be aliens to them?
After watching fascinating short films and looking at NASA photos we painted our own versions of celestial objects. We have a gallery of our artwork by the front door. Please stop by to admire.
We also made slime and more slime, built a solar motor and a solar boat, both of which worked in the sun! The children are still working on the solar robot as it proved to be a more challenging project than we thought.
Did you know that we also have been learning cursive in the summer afternoons? Here is an interesting article about the benefits of cursive and handwriting:
We are growing lady bugs and have been observing this metamorphosis in our classroom. It looks like the they are about to turn into pupa! Let's see what happens next.
Children are welcome to bring water squirt bottles to school on Fridays. We have a lot of fun playing with water and mud!
Next week is: Theater and Face Painting!
We just finished week 7, the sports week of summer camp, and it was spectacular!
We did so much, it feels like a month went by! The most exciting part of the week was our special guest from the NFL world, Sean Desai, who is the coach of the Chicago Bears and also a parent at our school. Sean Desai, who has over a decade of experience as a coach at the NFL and collegiate levels, will be in his seventh season with the Bears in 2019 after serving in a quality control role for the past six years. As a quality control assistant, Desai worked with the Bears’ defensive backs and linebackers while also assisting the special teams coaches.
The children were thrilled to be coached by a professional as they learned about the uniform, the sport and the history of the Chicago Bears team. They also got to practice kicking, catching and throwing the ball. How special is that? Thank you Mr. Sean!
Also this week we played soccer, learned about traffic and safety rules, ran relay races, obstacle courses and played in the rain! Ms. Rachel helped us learn more about running and shoes! We celebrated Maya's birthday and some children did show and tell presenting their sports trophies and achievements. What a week!
Next week is Science Week!
Enjoy the photos!