Engaging ENL Students through summer learning

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Over 200 English as a New Language students in the Riverhead Central School District are spending a portion of the summer working on various skills through a thematic program that blends art with learning at the Phillips Avenue School.

During the four-week, half day annual program, students in grades K through sixth, take part in a variety of creative lessons that reinforce concepts in math, science, language, vocabulary, reading and writing and mindfulness.

“This program provides teachers the flexibility to enhance units of study by engaging students in thought provoking art projects,” said program director Dan Vallance.  “Students are both learning and having fun.”

Through the program, students, depending on their grade level, have designed vocabulary bookmarks; investigated endangered species, studied pond life and plants and trees, made plaster masks, painted rocks, designed a paper tree of knowledge and researched their respective family histories.