Spotlight On ELA Standards To Promote Educational Readiness

English Language Arts Standards or ELA Standards are a set of guidelines established by the Department of Education as part of Common Core.  These standards are put in place to promote literacy skills and other concepts such as writing, speaking, and listening. ELA standards aim at promoting college and career readiness. About ELA Standards The College and Career Readiness Anchor … Read More

Academic Vocabulary and the Common Core

Academic vocabulary is vocabulary that is used in academic settings such as in classrooms and seminars. As academic vocabulary is used in instruction, texts, and assignments, it is pertinent for English Learners (ELs) to acquire knowledge of these words in order to succeed in school. Teachers have to tie academic vocabulary with the Common Core standards approved by the Department … Read More

3 Best Bilingual Preschool Books

Preschool-aged English Learners (ELs) are at the perfect age for learning a new language. Learning a new language can easily be accomplished with the use of bilingual books. In addition to learning English or another second language, bilingual books help strengthen and reinforce Spanish or ELs’ native languages. In this day and age where bilingualism and multilingualism are held in … Read More

Multicultural Stories for a Dual Language Classroom

Multicultural stories are great tools to use in dual language classrooms.  English Language Learners (ELLs) can relate to the stories being told, in turn, ELL students will be more inclined to read the book. Further, multicultural stories, especially bilingual books, ELL students are better able to understand and comprehend what they are reading. In turn, improving their literacy skills in both English … Read More

Building Blocks for Academic Success

School administrators and teachers know that there are certain topics and skills that students should master throughout their educational journey. They understand that these building blocks are the foundation for academic success and beyond. Building blocks for academic success include the development of social, motivational, emotional and cognitive skills.  School readiness is often associated with academic building blocks, which are certain … Read More

Vocabulary – A Key Indicator for School Success

Research shows that there is a positive and strong correlation between vocabulary and academic success. Further, having a strong vocabulary is necessary for reading and reading is necessary in order to achieve academic success. Teachers working with English Learners (ELs) have an additional barrier to overcome, as EL students have little to no prior vocabulary in English. However, there are several … Read More

3 Easy Ways to Help Young Readers to Make Inferences

Inferences are made based on what children know from their own experiences. When young readers are able to comprehend implied information, it helps to improve their reading skills and ability to make inferences, along with coming to conclusions. This skill plays an important role in the academic development and success of students throughout their school experience and life. Being able to make inferences … Read More

Creating Lifelong Readers with ELLs In The Classroom

English Language Learners (ELLs) have particular needs that must be met during reading and writing instruction.  Some ELL students come into the classroom able to read and write fluently in their home or native language.  While other ELL students come into the classroom with little to no previous reading and writing skills.  Teachers have to focus on teaching and improving … Read More

5 Research Based Reading Strategies for Elementary ELLs

Teaching literacy skills to young children can be quite a task. Now factor in their status as English Language Learners (ELLs), and the task gets even more difficult. As a teacher, you want to showcase the literacy strengths of your students, while enhancing their weaknesses. But how can you do both, especially when your students’ native language is other than English? If … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Books

Lectura Books has been publishing and distributing bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s books since 2001. We focus on quality bicultural and bilingual literature to offer Latinos a reflection of their diverse cultures and histories through relevant stories.  The dual language focus allows for Spanish-speaking parents and their children, who are learning English at school, a way to learn language together and be … Read More