Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jim de la Luna with Closed Captions on V-me

I was getting in some Spanish time with my 3-year old son by watching Jim de la Luna on V-me.  He really enjoys the show.  He sits through both episodes totally focused on what's going on.  I, on the other hand, get a little lost--actually a lot lost--trying to follow what the characters are saying.  I rediscovered that Jim de la Luna has [CC] closed captions in Spanish!  This was good for me because I can follow Spanish better by reading it.  Here's a clip:

For more fun, kid-Spanish shows like Las Tres Mellizas Bebes, Lazy Town, Plaza Sesamo visit V-me (in Spanish) and try turning on the [CC], some but not all the shows will have it in Spanish.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Learning Leaders: Helping Students Succeed

Back in Oct or Nov the kids’ school had a 3-day training for parents to be Learning Leaders.  This program establishes volunteers to assist with reading, writing, ESL, math and other academic activities at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, as well as non-instructional aid such as general office and library assistance.

I volunteer once a week for 2 hours, helping the English side of a class in the dual language program.

The teacher asked me to work with students who are English language learners.  This prompted me to research more about ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching.

The kids I've been working with are wonderful and very receptive to my help.

For more information about this NYC program, visit Learning Leaders today.