Welcome to English Language Learning!

  • Summer News 

    Dear Families,

    It has been wonderful to teach your students this year! Please use the School District #45 Website to access any information that you may need. The educational activities on this site can support your student's learning. In addition, there are still many programs available to students remotely over the summer; let me know if you need any help with access to any electronic learning programs. Please note that any internet activities require adult supervision. You can always email me at mbohlin@d45.org if you have any questions. I hope that you all have a relaxing and safe summer!

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Bohlin


     Grade K, 1, and 2 Learning Activities:

    • Read a book to your child and discuss the text. 
    • Have your child read a fiction book to you and retell the story. 
    • Read a non-fiction book to your child and have him/her explain the concepts that are reviewed in the text.
    • After reading a non-fiction book, ask your child to write and draw a picture about key concepts.
    • Have your child keep a daily journal regarding his/her activities. 
    • Supervise your child while they use electronic resources that are available to them for the summer online. 


    Grades 3, 4, and 5

    Have your student:

    • read a chapter book daily and discuss what was read with an adult or older sibling. Does he/she agree with the actions of the characters in the story? Why or why not? Have him/her give reasons from the text to support and defend his/her ideas.
    • keep a daily journal and write about various topics. 
    • interview a family member about his/her family history. 
    • write an imaginative story. illustrate the text, and share it with the family. 
    • research a topic of interest, write a report on the topic, and present the information to the family. 

    Helpful Websites for Parent Use:

    Sight Words:

    You can use the website below to get information on how to help your child learn sight words. Sight words are words that students need to know how to read by memory. 



    Colorín Colorado:

    This site includes helpful tips for parents on how to work with their children.



    Online Learning Opportunities:

    Some sites require passwords to enter the site. If you do not know your student’s password, please contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Bohlin. Please note that all internet activities require supervision. 


    Starfall is an online reading and math resource.



    Raz-Kids is an online reading program. Students can read books at their level of instrution and take a comprehension quiz after they read. 



    Freckle is an online reading and math program. Students take a quiz, and then work at their level of instruction. 


    Spanish Club:

    The third grade Spanish club during recess once a week for native and non-native Spanish speakers was successful. The club ran for three sessions in five week cycles, so that all those that were interested could have a chance to participate. Thank you to everyone who helped support this program during this school year!


    Are You New to Ardmore?

    We are proud of our students! There are many people in our school community that are multilingual. Ardmore has a Multiethnic Committee that works to plan and provide opportunities for our school community to celebrate the ethnic heritage of all students. Below is a link to an article that describes some of our school's present and past activities. At Ardmore we celebrate being bilingual!



    English Language Learning (ELL) Program


    Academic support is provided for qualifying students who are building English proficiency from kindergarten through fifth grade. Once it is determined that a child qualifies to receive bilingual/ELL services, our staff determines the level of support needed and works to provide appropriate programing.  The state of Illinois requires that all ELL students are tested yearly with the ACCESS 2.0 test in order to gage progress in their English language proficiency. This enables students and their families to see academic growth and provides our staff with information to help to continue to provide appropriate programming for students. 

    The main goal of our English language learning team is to help our students in their acquisition of English in all four domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) while encouraging support for their native language as well at home and in school. This is done using a variety of strategies, materials, and technology in order to help tailor each student's learning to his/her needs. In this way, Ardmore staff works to provide a child centered academic program in which everyone collaborates to help support each student.

    Please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the ELL resource teacher, if you have questions.

    ACCESS 2.0 

    ELL students participate in the ACCESS 2.0 test every year while they are in the program. Illinois is part of the WIDA consortium which creates and scores the test. Please contact Mrs. Bohlin for more information about this test. https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WIDA/portals/wida


    Ardmore Parents as Partners

    Ardmore Parents as Partners progam is a series of events where the parents of the students who are emergent bilinguals meet with various staff to discuss information, ways to support student learning, and celebratory activities for emergent bilingual students and their families. Topics of interest can include information regarding ACCESS 2.0, ways that you can help support your child academically at home, and/or participate in school celebrations. Do you have any topics of interest? Please contact Mrs. Bohlin.


    Reading at Home

    The first link below will take you to some reading tips for parents. The second link will take you to a chart that you can use with early readers to help them keep track of what they read at home. Both resources are from the ReadWriteThink website. Please let us know how we can help support you with reading at home.




    Do You Need Assistence?

    For more information regarding the ELL program at Ardmore School, please contact Mrs. Bohlin, the Ardmore ELL resource teacher. 


    Contact Information for Mrs. Bohlin

    Phone (630) 516-7370

    Extension: 31220


    Helpful Links:

    Please supervise students when they are using any of the website links on this site.