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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Language Lizard has created a wide selection of unique gifts that are perfect for bilingual students and teachers in diverse classrooms. Plus, through December 7, 2019, get a discount on our most popular bilingual children’s books!
Thanksgiving is almost here… and it offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Here, we offer 3 ideas that will inspire kids to celebrate the wonderful diversity and traditions in our communities and our world.