Giveaway & Free Resources to Promote Multicultural Reading at Home

Language Lizard launched a brand new bilingual book giveaway to support reading while students are engaged in distance learning. As a Pledge 1% member, we are also continuing to support Room to Read’s global literacy efforts during the COVID-19 crisis. Free e-books are available to all students on Room to Read’s digital platform. Read on to learn more about these great resources to promote reading!

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Support Global Literacy on #GivingTuesdayNow

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. Language Lizard, a Pledge 1% member, is pleased to continue our support of children’s education initiatives during this challenging time. Learn more about Pledge 1%, Room to Read, and other non-profits that you can support to help children worldwide.

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Tickled Pink! Language Fun with Idioms From Around the World

Idioms present a great opportunity for students to have some language learning fun. Here, we discuss idioms, and explore activities that use idioms in the classroom and at home.

From “With Flying Colors: Color Idioms” https://www.languagelizard.com/Color-Idioms-With-Flying-Colors-p/flying.htm

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is a phrase with an underlying meaning that’s generally agreed upon by a large group of people. This meaning can’t be deduced by the phrase’s words alone. The definition of idioms is most easily understood by looking at some familiar examples.

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The Cognitive Benefits of Learning a Second Language for Kids

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Learning a foreign language can give you a leg up on the competition and open up a world of experiences to you, but what about for children? Does teaching them a foreign language make a difference?  The benefits of exposing children to a second or even a third language cannot be understated. Not only can they learn multiple languages, but they can do it with a lot less effort than adults.

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Online Teaching Support & Information for ELL Families Regarding Coronavirus

During this challenging time, we want to provide you with a few useful resources.

  • Multilingual information about Coronavirus to share with families, including English Language Learners 
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Using Folktales & Fables to Build Literacy Skills (Free Lesson Plan)

As always, World Folktales and Fables Week arrives the third week of March. What a great opportunity to work on literacy skills with these classic stories! Folktales and fables have near-universal appeal, thanks to their simple story lines, talking animals, and magical scenarios. Here, we offer some ideas for students to improve their reading and writing skills with the use of folktales and fables

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Culturally Responsive Teaching Set with Lesson Plans & Bilingual Books

Our newest educational resource, Building Bridges With Bilingual Books And Multicultural Resources is now available in a complete teacher’s set. These sets are available in Spanish and Arabic, as well as a set with assorted languages. Read on to learn more about these sets.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day – Recap & Reviews

Language Lizard was a proud Platinum Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) this past January. We are big supporters of this movement to bring attention to the need for more multicultural children’s books in classrooms and libraries.  

One of the best parts of MCBD each year is their online Twitter Party, where participants get a chance to discuss issues surrounding multicultural books and diversity in publishing with educators, authors and parents. If you missed it, you can search Twitter for #ReadYourWorld, and catch up on archived posts. And be sure to sign up for the MCBD newsletter so you can join us next year!

As part of MCBD, we shared an exciting new resource with authors, bloggers and reviewers, that helps educators embrace multiculturalism in their classrooms with lesson plans, games, and fun diversity activities. We’re excited to share feedback from a few of our reviewers here.

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Why We Need More Multicultural Children’s Books

Language Lizard is a Platinum Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) on January 31, 2020. We are big supporters of their mission to raise awareness about the need for more children’s books that celebrate diversity. To date, MCBD has donated over 7,000 diverse children’s books to schools, libraries and families.

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New Resources for Dual-Language Newcomers

Language Lizard has two new books that are perfect for dual-language newcomers, as well as some recommended online resources to help educators build culturally responsive classrooms.

Classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse. Teachers want to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students, including new immigrant students. These newcomers face many challenges when adapting to a new life in the US: culture shock, making friends, and learning a new language, just to name a few.  

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