Happy Summer!

I hope everyone has a happy summer. The LEAPS parents and kids are planning some fun get togethers. Here’s the details. Please contact Caroline with questions at cdempsey@shelbyed.org or (205)706-2744.

Saturday, June 4 at 10:30am – Summer Reading Kickoff Party at North Shelby Library

Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30am – Popsicles and Bubbles at Veteran’s Park in Hoover (meet at the pavilion near the playground) – FREE

Thursday, July 14 at 9:30am – Kids’ Summer Movie at Carmike Lee Branch 15 – $4 includes ticket, drink and popcorn

Wednesday, July 27 at 10:30am – Bud’s Best Cookies tour in Hoover (Riverchase area) – FREE

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Past, Present & the Weather

This week in LEAPS, we’ve been discussing the past (simple past verb tense), the present (simple present verb tense) and the weather. Also, PACT Time has continued, and we’ve practiced kindergarten sight words. We also watched this video in which a 3rd grade teacher assessing a child’s reading level using a format pretty similar to what our own school uses. It’s been a great week. Here are links to videos I used in class:

Teacher Assessing a 3rd Grader’s Reading Level (Fountas & Pinnell running record)

Sight Words Rap

Weather Forecast with a “problem”

Sample Conversations about the Weather


Esta semana en LEAPS , hemos estado discutiendo el pasado ( con verbos simples pasados) , el presente ( con verbos presente simple ) y el clima. Además , el PACT tiempo ha continuado , y hemos practicado palabras de uso frecuente. También vimos el vídeo en el que un maestro de 3er grado evaluar el nivel de lectura de un niño con un formato muy similar a lo que nuestros propios usos escolares . Ha sido una gran semana . Aquí están los videos que he utilizado en clase:

Profesor de analizar el nivel de lectura de un estudiante de 3er grado ( Fountas y Pinnell registro continuo )

Canción con palabras de uso frecuente (grado K)

Pronóstico del tiempo con un problema

Conversaciones sobre el clima de la muestra

Los dias de la semana y meses ingles

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We’ve all been busy the past 2 weeks doing PACT Time in our kids’ classrooms. PACT means Parent and Child Together Time, and it helps LEAPS parents understand how their kids learn and what they’re learning in the classroom. Many thanks to Ms. Renfro, Ms. Spackman, Ms. Hefner, Ms. Hart, and Ms. Price (Price 1) for accommodating our parents in their classrooms during PACT Time.

We’ve learned A LOT by doing PACT Time, but here are a few comments from our parents on what they learned during PACT Time:

“The teachers do a lot in 30 minutes!”

“They don’t always read every word of the book. Since I can’t read English well, this gives me confidence that I can at least talk about a book with my son!”

“The kids are so well-behaved. They know exactly what to do.”

“I thought my son didn’t understand his teacher, but he does. He understands everything!”

“The teachers ask a lot of questions about the book. I like hearing the questions they ask.”

“Now I know how to help my child with spelling & math. I’m so glad I got to do PACT Time.”

For more info on the purpose & procedure of PACT Time, click here (and scroll to page 5).

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Teacher Appreciation Week & Valentine’s Day

LEAPS parents helped IES celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week by crafting handmade cards. We also discussed how our kids celebrate Valentine’s Day in their classrooms. How did YOU celebrate Valentine’s Day? Is this holiday important in your country?

LEAPS padres ayudaron IES Maestro celebrar la semana del aprecio por la elaboración de tarjetas hechas a mano . También hablamos sobre cómo nuestros niños celebran el Día de San Valentín en sus clases. ¿Cómo celebró el Día de San Valentín? Es este día de fiesta importante en su país?

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Spring 2016 LEAPS

Hola! Welcome. Our LEAPS Spring 2016 class begins on Tues, Feb 2, 2016. I hope to see you there! For details, click on the flyer here.

Bienvenida. Nuestra clase de primavera 2016 comienza el martes 2 de febrero .Para obtener más información en español , haga clic aquí .

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Welcome to Shelby County LEAPS

Welcome. Bienvenidos. We’re glad you’re here. This site contains class information, language support, and parenting resources for the Shelby County LEAPS (Learning English and Parenting Skills) program.

If you’re already a LEAPS student, please browse the categories on the side of your screen for resources related to class topics. If you’re not enrolled in the Shelby County LEAPS program, but you’d like to be, please contact LEAPS Instructor, Caroline Dempsey, for more information. All other inquiries, please contact the Shelby County ESL (English as a Second Language) Department.

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LEAPS Family Literacy was able to hear about some wonderful inventions and inventors today. What is the one invention you could NOT live without?

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May Projects

Our class will complete learning projects in May.  Remember research is to find information like you would on Google or Bing  for a certain topic. We can also find information from non-fiction books, cook books, and craft books. Websites like Wikipedia also give information. Many teachers, parents, mothers, and business people get information from Pinterest.

You will receive more information on projects in class next week. All projects will be due Tuesday, May 7th.

Here are the topics to research and explore:

  • A Clothing Swap
  • An Accessory Swap
  • A Collection of Summer Activities (economical and family friendly)
  • A Collection of Summer Recipes (economical, healthy, good for families)
  • A Collection of Exercises and places to Exercise (that families can do together)
  • Gardening Ideas for Families (herb gardens, vegetables, flowers, or container gardens)
  • Birthday Party Ideas (economical and family friendly)
  • Make another suggestion to Jan on the blog
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Grocery Store PACTivities for the Family


LEAPS went to Winn Dixie yesterday to take a store tour led by Megan Davis. Ms. Davis is from UAB’s Eat Right Program. She showed us how to make the best food choices for our families using health guidelines and economic strategies. Think about our store tour yesterday. How could you make going to the grocery store a meaningful, family PACTivity? (Remember PACTivities are educational activities Parents And Children do Together.)

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What makes you smile?

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