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

Title III — A Focus on Reaching out to Families for Family Literacy

Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to school districts that can be used towards creating programs that encourage family literacy among English Language Learners (ELLs). The initiatives funded by Title III help to improve the language and literacy skills of ELLs, in turn, lead to English language proficiency. Family literacy activities build and enhance literacy … 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

An Overview of Dual Language Standards Grades K-3

Dual Language programs have proven to be the best method for promoting bilingualism and biliteracy among English Language Learners (ELLs). The main goal of Dual Language programs is to develop fluency and literacy in English, as well as in an additional language, which is typically Spanish. Additionally, Dual Language programs help promote biculturalism, which fosters an appreciation for different cultures.  Dual … 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

Helping Newcomers with Entry Level ESL

ESL newcomers are one of the fastest growing segments of students in the United States’ public school system. For that reason, as educators and school officials, it is important that we help newcomers adjust to ESL instruction. Helping ESL students with phonics, as well as other literacy and language skills better prepares them for school and life. Take a look at some … 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

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

To kick-off this fun holiday that runs from September 15 through October 15, here are some awesome activities for Hispanic Heritage Month for communities, schools and families! The Scholastic literary resource organization suggests growing a heritage garden common to a lot of Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the staple crops can include peppers, squash, corn and beans. … Read More

Welcoming Newcomers with Easy-to-Use English Phonics

English Language Learners (ELLs) account for a significant number of students within the public school system. While Spanish speakers are the largest ELL population, research demonstrates that there are significant numbers of ELL students that speak languages other than Spanish, such as Arabic and Chinese.  The influx of ELLs has created a need for a systematic approach to reading and learning … Read More