Literacy is…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential. -Kofi Annan
We are beginning our year long social studies unit of study, Friendships & Schools. Our K/1 students will explore the various school systems in our own community, as well as schools around the world. Students will investigate the impact of literacy on their self-development, how it impacts socio-economic levels, and overall well-being in their communities. Moreover, I hope that my little ones will come to deeply understand the power of literacy and books, and how being an informed citizen gives them the tools to make their community a better place.
1. How do systems at school help us become good friends and community members?
2. Why is literacy important?
3. What are the benefits of literacy?
4. How can literacy benefit one’s personal development?
5. How do literacy rates affect socio-economic levels in a community?
6. How does literacy impact the well-being of a community?
7. How do libraries support literacy?
To begin with, we brainstormed some of the systems at school and used them to create student made Alphabet Cards. They are posted on the wall as a literacy resource, as well as conversation starters as we delve into our unit of study, Friendships & Schools. I love the drawings, coloring and painting used to express their ideas. I’m truly excited about this project and I look forward to sharing our learnings as the year goes on.
Yesterday, September 9, 2017 Irma Vázquez (founder and director) celebrated the grand re-opening of My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids, LLC. Live Spanish kids music by Nathalia and storytelling entertained the groves of families that came to celebrate. My Escuelita’s space has more than tripled in size to accommodate the growing classes of children attending this bilingual school.
Credentialed teachers provide quality Spanish instruction, using best practices in second language acquisition and world language instruction. Spanish is taught through a myriad of approaches including music, dance, storytelling, crafts, movement and traditional methods.
We also got a treat by listening to Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez read her bilingual children’s book, ¡Todos a Comer! – A Mexican Food Alphabet Book. This is a fun ABC book that I look forward to sharing in my K/1 classroom.
If you are in the South Bay area, be sure to check out My Escuelita. They also provide various types of enrichment classes.
If you don’t live in the South Bay area and are eager for your children to experience the joys of language learning, Irma has personally curated My Mochila: Spanish on the Go!, a multi-cultural Spanish lesson subscription box for kids.
For more information please visit:
My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids, LLC
1603 Aviation Blvd Suite #7,
Redondo Beach, Ca. 90278
In April of 2017, I attended the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) conference. The conference was a buzz of energy, dialogue, collaboration and dreaming. I was interviewed and asked about my most recent bilingual book, A Charmed Life / Una vida con suerte, illustrated by Lisa Fields and published by Arte Público Press. This book is inspired by my hard-working immigrant mother who cleaned houses with the hope and promise that through my education, my sister and I would have a better life, A Charmed Life.
I am a the proud daughter of immigrant parents. I am a product of an immigrant community where day in and day out we see our community members work tirelessly cleaning houses, gardening, painting, taking odd jobs, sewing, babysitting. And because of the opportunities given to my peers, we are doctors, lawyers, architects, social workers, educators and much more. We do our jobs well and we do it with pride. This is the true story of immigrants. We are not criminals. We are hard-working individuals who make great contributions to this country. We are a community where family and faith inspire our sometimes difficult journey. Our parents left their countries with big dreams for the future, and the hope that America would be the place where their children would have the opportunity to prosper.
As I said in the interview, “My hope is that multilingual children, and all children, recognize their value and realize that they matter. And that they are all born with gifts and our purpose here is to share those gifts.”
I am proud to be an immigrant and grateful for the opportunities given. I have been afforded an education, I get to write and share my story and as educator, I am privileged to inspire our little ones. But I urge you to please not forget that we must come together as a community to continue the good fight, so that all immigrant children get the opportunity to live out their dreams.
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