my daughter is in a 2nd language immersion school (all of her literacy and all of her subjects are taught in Spanish), and she just finished 1st grade. Reading in English was taught to her by me, at home, and i encourage reading for enjoyment and fun and learning. i work in vocabulary learning into everyday life, simply by using the "big words" in everyday context and conversations.
her report card included some test assessment scores, of which it was noted that her 365L lexile score is "well above expectations" and recommends to "consider need for individualized instruction."
ours is a very financially poor district and there is NO gifted program for reading whatsoever, and moreover, English language skills are not even being taught at all in this immersion situation.
can anyone give me some more insight into what a 365L lexile score translates to in terms of ability? she is into chapter books, but not at a crazy high level. she likes the ones she can finish in about 10 minutes time, maybe 20 minutes sometimes.
we will continue our current reading program at home, which is really pretty casual. i just check out books that i think each of my two children will like, and after baths but before bed, i say, OK, start picking your books. then i leave them alone for a good half hour or so while they read or -- in the case of my 3 year old son -- thumb through and look at the pictures. she sometimes reads his books to him too. then, after awhile i come in and read to them whichever books they both want to hear me read.
if we were in a better school district that provided enrichment opportunities for strong readers, what would such a program look like? in the details of what would actually happen? i am curious to know, because i would like some more ideas on how to provide that at home.
on a related note, her spelling in English is still pretty weak -- she is phonetic with it, and it's usually wrong. but i haven't done anything to aid her in this so far, as all of her spelling tests have been for Spanish words, and it was hard enough keeping up with it all year. i have figured that English spelling will start to improve naturally the more she reads. but i'm not certain that i'm right about this -- am i? other kids in English-only classrooms have been getting drilled on spelling in English all this time, so she is probably "behind" in this regard, thanks to the focus on Spanish.
just looking for ideas on how to best provide the environment to encourage her abilities in English at home, whilest continuing her in the Spanish immersion at school.
TIA for ANY help or ideas.