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For English language learners, kindergarten is a year full of growth

from Capital Gazette

Karla Galicia searched for a marker in her last kindergarten art class Wednesday. "Where's the blue at? I like to use blue because my favorite color's actually blue," she said to a classmate in the Hilltop Elementary classroom. Almost 10 months before, when she started at the Glen Burnie school, Karla didn't speak that much English the entire day. As a child of Guatemalan immigrants who moved to the United States about eight years ago, she speaks Spanish at home and hadn't had much experience with English before kindergarten. But she improved by the end of the year — reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning, chatting with other students in English and following along with classroom activities and instructions. more


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