Olga Istomina, ELL Teacher
It has been a great pleasure to watch your children grow and learn this past year. Now it is very important to practice their English skills through the summer. I know you will do your best to help them retain what they’ve learned so they come back next fall ready for another year. There are many things you could do during summer.
Your children have heard a presentation from the Dublin Public Library about the Summer Reading Program. They should have brought some information home about it. This is a free program that rewards students for reading during the summer. I hope you will sign your children up for a library card if they don’t have one yet. They are free as well. (www.columbuslibrary.org) You can also check out various educational websites.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the area Recreation Centers as well. Stop by for a schedule or look it up online at http://parks.columbus.gov/Facility.aspx?id=26062.
Some other fun places for your family are, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, COSI, The Columbus Museum of Art (free on Sundays!), Franklin Park Conservatory, Olentangy Indian Caverns, and the Metro Parks. Columbus has a lot to offer your family for fun and education.
I hope you enjoy your summer break!
Suggested educational websites:
www.raz-kids.com (You have the license and password)
www.starfall.com (Excellent for learning the alphabet!)
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1 (a favorite!)
www.internet4classrrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm (all grade levels)
www.hbavenues.com/ (ESL curriculum)
http://www.brainpopjr.com/games/ (good for older students)
www.literactive.com (excellent alphabet/reading games and books for beginners!) You will need to register to use it, but it is free.
http://www.dublinschools.net/studentresourcecenter.aspx (for all subjects)
http://www.columbuslibrary.org/ (Go to “Kids” click “Read it” and then click “Tumble Books.” You will need a library card number.)