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A LiLaC Home Educator introduced Alma Flor Ada’s Musica Amiga poems and songs to this family.  The poem, “El barco chiquitito,” from traditional folklore, reminded this mother of a cherished childhood memory, which she retold to her family.


After a year of regular home visits by a LiLaC home educator, mother and daughter are eager to demonstrate what they have accomplished.

 

LiLaC has invested five years visiting the homes of six families, whose second language is English, andcsar whose children were four years of age or younger when we began.  Based on those observations across time, we have developed a program of language and literacy learning which is grounded in the real world of learning as it occurs in real homes of immigrants who are English Language Learners (ELL).  Our experience with these families has constituted a proof of concept, showing measurable outcomes that provide a basis for replication and expansion of our program.

 

  • 100% OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ARE READING ABOVE GRADE LEVEL IN SCHOOL
  • TWO CHILDREN WERE IDENTIFIED FOR THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM {GATE] AT THE END OF SECOND GRADE.
  • CHILDREN ENTERING KINDERGARTEN ARE ALREADY READING IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH
  • PARENTS DEMONSTRATE A DAILY COMMITMENT TO INTERACT WITH THEIR CHILDREN, TALKING, TELLING STORIES, SINGING SONGS AND READING TO AND WITH THEIR CHILDREN.
  • ALL FAMILIES HAVE HOME LIBRARIES.
  • ALL PARENTS ARE ENGAGED IN SUPPORTING THEIR CHILDREN’S LEARNING TO READ AND WRITE IN BOTH SPANISH AND ENGLISH.
  • ALL OUTCOMES ARE EVIDENCED BASED, USING A VARIETY OF FORMAL AND INFORMAL ASSESSMENTS, CONTEXTUALIZED WITH WEEKLY OBSERVATION.

 

In June, 2014, four third graders graduated from our LiLaC Program.  Since that time, we have continued serving their younger siblings.

  • one family has  a second grader and a two-year-old,
  • one family has a 5th grader and a first grader,
  • one family has a 4th grader and a daughter that is 18 months.
  • one family has a 5th grader and a new 3-week old son

Parents are reading to/with their children daily and interacting with them in a variety of ways.  The two-year-old and the 18-month-old are both demonstrating book handling and reading behaviors (selecting books, turning pages, pointing to print and using words in response to the pictures).