Small-Group Literacy Instruction
Words are everywhere. Notice everything, and talk, talk,talk!
What We Do
EOTO provides intensive, small-group language development instruction and gives students the building blocks to be successful learners. Every day over the course of 9-week sessions, EOTO students gather for 45 minutes to engage in vigorous conversations, inspired by a richly-illustrated book, to build their vocabulary as they are encouraged to observe, label and describe what they see. Students proudly wear the new words they learn, their "Keys to the Future," on lanyards around their necks. These keys serve as learning aids, conversation starters and public symbols of achievement.
Children's knowledge is increased when they are involved with the learning process and can get outside of the classroom. Our Learning Gardens provide that opportunity.
The EOTO Summer Program increases students' oral language and reading fluency and comprehension, but the children have so much fun they refer to it as "Each One Teach One Summer Camp".
This after-school program is in high demand with the students. Not only do they deepen their knowledge of botany, biology, geology, and environmental science by working in the garden, they get to explore their neighborhoods on bikes which provides the added benefit of exercise.
Vocabulary that the students have learned is reinforced through art, whether it be drawing an object and labeling its parts, designing thank-you and Valentines cards, creating murals or painting planters, art is always fun in EOTO!
Parent English Classes
EOTO offers English language classes for parents/family members that are provided daily for one hour using the same methods and instructional strategies that are used to deliver the program to students. Recognizing that school readiness is a characteristic of the family, the program supports multiple generations. In this way, EOTO is responsive to the realities of families whose adult members may, themselves, have had limited opportunities for formal education in their country of origin and/or may have struggled in the U.S. public school system.