Migrant students better prepared for kindergarten
Children enjoyed the academy, learning language and math concepts through interactive play. The children in Shameen Rayani's classroom at Doyle Elementary in Porterville played a bakery game - adding and subtracting colored, felt donuts from a board. They earned an opportunity to visit the "bakery" and select a donut by correctly answering Ms. Rayani's questions about the quantity on the board. Next door in Yolanda Rosales' room, children were eagerly identifying letters, colors and objects.
With help from teachers and aides, the children also learned to develop journals with stories and illustrations of their own. The journals integrate well with the School Readiness Program's goal of promoting family literacy. Ms. Rayani's classroom had a small lending library from which students borrowed books to take home. "One of the major goals of the program is increasing family literacy and reinforcing parents' role as their child's first teacher," says Ms. Lara. The combination of the Academy's intensive instruction and empowered parents sets the course for these children to find success in kindergarten and beyond.
For more information about the Migrant Education Program, call Tony Velásquez at 559/651-3026.
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
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