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Right On Reading and Writing!

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Right On Reading and Writing

Kids tend to lose reading and writing skills during the summer. So keep reading and writing going in a fun, relaxed way with Right On Reading and Right On Writing.

Literacy skills are like riding a bike or swimming; the more practice and repetition, the better reading and writing become. And, learners need lots of positive reinforcements to keep it all up. Choose a program that best suits your child. All programs are customized and personalized to the learners so that materials and motivators fit the student’s needs and interests.

Right on Reading!

A reading workshop format that your child will love! Readers will have a choice of reading materials that will incorporate age appropriate books, websites, magazines, newspapers, and controlled readings specific to reading proficiency. A mixture of voluntary, independent reading, reading with partners, and teacher read-alouds will be used along with guided reading and comprehension strategies. And, plenty of fun games, activities, and rewards too!

Right on Writing!

A writer’s workshop format that your child will love! Writers will write a variety of engaging products from creative selections to How To pieces that appeal to kids. In addition to writing fluency and vocabulary enhancement, sentence structure and grammar will be presented in fun activities and games. Participants will choose a final writing project to present to you and the class on the last day.

Right on Reading and Writing!

They go hand in hand! The combination of reading and writing is vital for academic and life skills. Reading is the best teacher of vocabulary, sentence structure, and grammar.  Participants will read different age-appropriate selections and create a piece of writing in response to them that incorporates elements from the readings. Fun, engaging activities and games will be incorporated too.

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Summer Skills Practice

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Here are my favorite Apps and video tutorials for subjects that require memorization, retention, and linear skill building. Our digi-kids love apps, but at times there is no better drill and practice material than a good, old fashioned note-card or a folded sheet of paper. The key is interacting with content and skills, and then tons of repetitions.

Flash Card Apps

I’m a fan if the student CREATES HIS OR HER OWN FLASH-CARDS. Lots of students think that the secret to academic success is using the pre-made flash-card sets of other student-users; I’ve seen too many kids fall in to this trap.

Quizlet. The now old stand bye. Electronic flashcards and automatically generated tests. The tests are the most effective feature so make sure your student uses them.
Study Blue. Beautiful e-flashcards that can include photos and images.
GFlashPro. Interfaces with Google Apps and Google Docs. Most students use these at school so this is an easy add-on.

Tutorials

Khan Academy. So perfect for grades 8-12. Great reviews of hard-core academic subjects with crystal clear explanations and visual supports. College entrance test prep too.

Spanish Grammar Tutorial Videos. Grades 7-12. The Sr. Jordan videos are short with lots of visual supports.

Foreign Language Practice

Conjuguemos. Grades 7-12. Verb conjugation practice for SEVERAL LANGUAGES.

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Nos Vamos a Mexico * Let’s Go to Mexico

I’m so thrilled to start using Nos Vamos a México with my KidSpanish I and II classes this spring semester. Teaching with a culturally rich and visually beautiful book is my favorite!  We’ll be learning about  Mexican geography, The coast or las costas, the Mayan and Teotihuacano pyramids, or las pirámides, and so much more about my very favorite country- México, el Encanto. Click on the book above to see where you can get it, or contact me.