The Literacy Master Map Program is in full swing. Since our last update we have been working diligently in developing literacy skills in our students. Every week, we are excited to greet the smiling faces of our students who have shown significant interest in our program. In the past several months we have been reading books that celebrate different holiday traditions around the world. Alex was very excited to learn about the Chinese New Year and even shown interest in continuing his study with the Chinese New Year by requesting a book about his year of the Dragon. During Hanukah we made Hanukah cards for our friends and families. Kristina has shown interest in writing and enjoyed making the cards as well as all of the writing that we do in class. Kiril and Ivan both have shown significant progress during the last few months. They are very eager to learn and ask many questions. Andrew and Milana are working hard in class as well and have shown significant interest in many of the subjects that we cover.
As we progress with the program, we have been developing important skills such as comparing and contrasting texts, building fluency, identifying the main idea, and leaning to listen for the theme. The students are exposed to read alouds (which all of the kids love), independent reading time, writing, and playing games that are developed for literacy development as well as motor development.
Happy New Year!
Just Keep Trying!
Nov 15, 2018
Follow Child's Lead
By Tetyana Varenychenko - Project Leader
Follow Child's Lead!
Dear our Donors and Supporters,
We would like to appreciate receiving your financial support, your help and suggestions to reach our goals. You helped us to design and organize a Sensory Room where our children can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others. You helped us to buy the sensory tools, toys, 3D books, textured cards and posters, and a variety of equipment. Again and again we say you Thank You So Much for your generosity!
Penndco children enjoy a Sensory Room where they can play, discover, observe, and imitate by using new sensory tools and toys. Once teacher realizes that Ilya does not want to play with blocks, and teacher follows his lead by joining in on what he is doing and turning his interest in dramatic play activity into a game of matching. Including Ilya’s interest means that when he is interested in something, teacher shows an interest in it too. It works perfectly for our unique children. Penndco teachers and therapists use the Hanen strategies that allow our children to lead.
Tetyana V. Varenychenko, M.Ed.
Nov 8, 2018
Reading Opens The Door!
By Tetyana Varenychenko - Project Leader
Reading is Fun!
We would like to thank our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to host the Literacy Master Map Program. The beginning of the program was a huge success. Reading opens the door to many new opportunities that our kids could take advantage of. During this class we will be building students stamina while teaching them to handle longer texts. The course will also focus on the most important aspect of reading – comprehension. It is critical that when students are reading they are understanding what they are reading and are able to analyze the text. We will also be working on identifying themes, identifying key ideas in a text, and understanding the structure of a text. All these elements of reading are critical in developing student’s ability to handle texts independently. The class will also focus on various skills connected to writing. Students will learn how to structure their writing as well as have exposure to a variety of different types of writing.
I asked our students what type of books they like, and Alex told me he is interested in books that tell stories about pirates and treasure; Kristina prefers to read about princess. We will gage student interest to use this information to better build instruction to suit the needs of our students. This will ensure that our kids are life-long readers and more importantly, life-long learners.