Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Mi School / Mi Escuela"

My School/Mi Escuela
Written by: Ginger Foglesong Guy
Illustrated by: Viví Escrivá
Published by: Harper Festival in NY in 2006
ISBN: 0-06-079101-2
Genre(s): Picture Book (Multicultural Work)
Reading Level: Kindergarten
Activity Level: Kindergarten

Summary: This book contains a few of the most common words young students will use in English and Spanish. Some of those words include schools, teacher, alphabet, ball, slide, ouch and friends. Along with these words are pictures of children around these things or dong these activities. These illustrations show much multi-cultural influence.

Response: I think that because this book only includes common beginning language students would use in both languages it helps in their introduction to the secondary language, whether that is English or Spanish. I also really liked how multicultural the children are in this book because it is a more realistic depiction of schools today.

Each illustration in this work is a double page spread of slightly muted vibrant colors. The illustrator has created much texture in each of her works. It appears that at least one of her mediums is watercolor and another, perhaps, is colored pencil.

Teaching Connections: A teacher could use this book with her kindergarten class. She could go to these objects or activity centers and provide visuals in their school for that which she reads. She could later label the classroom in both English and Spanish to aid both her English Language learners and those who speak English as their first language. The children could also practice these words in both languages when the teacher pairs ELL students with others.

What Students Learn: From this book and activity students learn about common words they will use and their names in both English and Spanish. By her labeling objects in the classroom, although her students cannot likely read those works, she is increasing her students’ beginning consonant knowledge.

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