A big thank you to Nate Swenson, who as a member of the Capstone Digital team of consultant is a guest writer for this week's myON blog post. Nate is currently teaching at the American International School of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Most of the students who attend AISJ are not native English language speakers and some students have English as their third, fourth, or fifth language. Arabic is the language of Saudi Arabia and most students live in homes where no English is spoken , while others are exposed to very limited or broken English. It is extremely hard to learn a language when you do not get he opportunity to hear the correct version of it on a consistent basis. Enter, myON.
AISJ has implemented the myON library in grades prek-5 and students are thriving with this amazing
resource. Students access books on an individual basis at school during the day and then are able to hear proper English as they read at home. They love the idea that they are able to find books that they are interested in at their own reading level. For students to do this in our normal library, they must look through shelves of books, find one that looks interesting, then check to see if it is at their level.
In one of the classes, students have completely read over 3000 books in just three months. Parents love to see their children exposed to English in the evening and many sit with their children and read the books together. Teachers have seen significant improvement in fluency, comprehension, and overall vocabulary of the students who have read the most books. myON has had an amazing impact on the students of AISJ and parents love to see their children reading for pleasure at home. AISJ is so glad that we have implemented this program and students look forward to seeing the new books as they are added to the library.
Next week - myON goes to the Mars! How cool would that be!