Introducing a Bilingual Study Guide Making it Easy for Spanish Speaking Parents

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New Program focuses on helping the Spanish speaking pre-k parent. This Bilingual Children’s Readiness Guide Helps Spanish Speaking Parents Prepare Their Pre-K Child for the Classroom.

This ESL Preschool Parent Helper is A Pre-K English/Spanish Community Resource for Parents/Caregivers/Volunteers. Retired schoolteacher Nancy Chupp developed “Ready to Learn” for the 4-5 year old child which was especially designed for the Spanish speaking parent/caregiver/volunteer.

The “Ready to Learn” study guide follows a page-a-day format. The parent is given a very simple and easy tutorial in English and Spanish. They are learning how to teach needed skills and the child is internalizing necessary skills for a good educational start. Skills are addressed through experiences with the child’s senses of sight, sound and touch. All teaching/learning experiences take place during normal household routines (doing laundry, doing household chores, fixing dinner or going to the grocery store). Each calendar gives the parent 3 simple daily exercises (10-15 minute total).

“As a retired person with a never-ending love of teaching, I had time to focus on an education problem that I witnessed first hand with each new class--lack of readiness for the classroom. I knew that if I could get readiness skills information into the hands of the pre-k parents it would give them a tool to help their young child. I developed this program originally in English and was encouraged by teachers to make an additional program for the English/Spanish parent.”

Nancy Chupp continued, "The vocabulary and skills needed for a successful start in kindergarten are sprinkled in and repeated several times throughout the calendar year. Skills are taught through experiences with the child’s senses of sight, sound, and touch. Public domain nursery rhymes and songs are included throughout “Ready to Learn” to add fun and whimsy to the lessons."

“Kindergarten, in my opinion, is the most important educational investment in the young child. It is the foundation of that student’s educational life. So, I decided that a page-a-day calendar (parental activity tool) would be my format. I am giving the parent a very simple and easy English/Spanish tutorial. They are learning how to teach needed skills and the child is internalizing necessary skills for a good start in school. I decided my focus needed to be developing a tool that met the needs of the pre-k parent/caregiver. It had to be easy to use. I wanted to put this information into the hands of the parent as a way to supplement the skills the child is being taught in pre-K,” said Nancy Chupp. “From that dual focus (home/pre-K class) a knowledge base and personal confidence is acquired by the student."

Educators interested in learning more about the “Ready to Learn” calendar can visit or contact Nancy Chupp at readytolearncalendar(at)comcast(dot)net.


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