As our school year comes to a close, we teachers and TWIN Design Team members look forward to the warm summer months ahead. It is a time for reflection, for preparation, and for renewal. We know our TWIN schools will be hard at work preparing for the Summer Academy to be held this June in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Summer is also a wonderful time to continue the language learning that was begun this school year. Many of our students speak the target languages of Spanish and Mandarin in their homes, with their parents, grandparents, and other relatives. What a benefit to have these teachers in the home for our students!
For our students who come from English-speaking homes, summer provides the opportunity to practice and maintain their language growth. Below are some links to suggested ways to make language learning fun and productive this summer. Feel free to share with your TWI families:
Five Games for Langauge Learning: http://www.incultureparent.com/?s=5+games&task=search
Supporting English Language Learners: http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds/article/supporting-english-language-learners-school-and-afterschool-and-summers