Willett English Learners

Willett English Learners

Welcome, English Learner Families!  1 in 4 students at Willett speaks a language other than English at home.  We are excited to have families from all around the world.  Welcome!

أهلا بك (Arabic), 欢迎 (Chinese), Welkom (Dutch), Welcome (English), خوش آمدی (Farsi), Bienvenue (French), Herzlich willkommen (German), καλως ΗΡΘΑΤΕ (Greek), ברוך הבא (Hebrew), स्वागत हे (Hindi), ようこそ (Japanese), 환영 (Korean), സ്വാഗതം (Malayalam), स्वागत छ (Nepali), Velkommen (Norwegian), желанный (Russian), Bienvenido (Spanish), Maligayang pagdating (Tagalog), ยินดีต้อนรับ (Thai), Hoşgeldiniz (Turkish), Chào mừng (Vietnamese)

Resources for Home Study (during COVID-19 and beyond):

Schedule your child's day into a routine.  Continue to have your children wake up at the same time to keep their current sleep habits.

Then, have children work, in any order, on the following: 
  • 1 hour of reading (in English, your home language, or a combination of the two)
  • 30-60 minutes of writing (in English, your home language, or a combination of the two): writing thank you notes, writing in a journal, writing emails or letters to friends, writing a story, etc.
  • 1 hour of math online (using  khanacademy.org or prodigygame.com)
  • 1 hour of chores around the house (including sweeping, loading and unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, meal preparation, etc.)
  • 1 hour of exercise (walking; playing tennis, soccer, or frisbee with family members; jumping rope; etc.)
  • 20 minutes (or more) of practicing a musical instrument
  • 30 minutes of typing practice on typing.com (for students in grades 3 and older, in preparation for computer-based statewide testing)

I would modify these chunks of time based on age.  For example, kindergartners and 1st graders could do each activity for just 30 minutes/daily.  2nd and 3rd graders could do each activity for just 45 minutes/daily.  4th graders and older could do 1 hour of each, as suggested in the schedule.

Please know these are simply suggestions.  Use them if they are helpful to you and your family; ignore them if you have something else you prefer to do with your children during this time off.

Thank you,

Whitney Bowman 

EL Resources:

Websites for Learning English as the Content:

Free audio books/ read-alouds: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen and

Free online books: https://www.getepic.com/https://www.wilbooks.com/wilbooks-free-resourceshttps://www.nsta.org/ebooks/GradesK-5/, and https://www.rif.org/Read-With-Skybrary

Newspaper articles by grade level: https://www.timeforkids.com/