ELLM/Plus teachers are committed to increasing instruction in the
classroom. For 2 hours each day, they provide children with learning
activities designed to build the skills they need to become ready
readers and learners. The ELLM/Plus Classroom Model builds on critical
elements needed for literacy and reading success. Each ELLM/Plus teacher
receives a monthly instructional packet and corresponding books that
provide sample activities in the following areas:
Monthly Instructional Packets
ELLM/Plus supports both content and instructional strategies designed to increase children's opportunities to learn and acquire the basic skills they need to become responsive and successful learners. Instructional strategies focus on intentional, explicit teaching and the integration of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, social/emotional development and motor development. ELLM/Plus teachers build trusting relationships by planning for student engagements that supports and encourages appropriate development and learning.
ELLM/Plus Standard Alignment
Florida Voluntary Preschool Standards (VPK)
Florida Sunshine State Standards
Head Start Standards
Florida School Readiness Performance Standards
ELLM/Plus teachers receive 12 monthly instructional packets - September through August. Each instructional packet focuses on two to four children's books and teachers use one packet per month. There are two stand-alone packets, Motor Development and Physical Health. These packets provide a wide array of activities teacher can integrate into their daily schedules. Taken together, the packets are designed to help children achieve important readiness skills and knowledge.Each instructional packet contains multi-leveled activities in each of the content areas. ELLM/Plus teachers spend about one hour per day on literacy related activities and about two hours per day on non-literacy related activities. Teachers begin the day by greeting and focusing children with routines that start the day. The day continues with intentional whole group instructional sessions, followed up with explicit small group lessons at the Teaching Table. Children are given opportunities to practice new skills through time at various learning centers.
This schedule is designed to engage children in whole-group, small-group, and individualized learning situations throughout the day to promote teacher direction and independent choices by children.