Let’s face it, keeping kids engaged in learning can often be challenging during the summer months! Whether busy with camps or friends, summertime reading can often fall by the wayside. However, with less scheduling and more time (hopefully!), it’s also the perfect opportunity to encourage kids to expand their knowledge through reading. There is an entire week, the National Summer Learning Week, created to celebrate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer and ensuring they return to school ready to succeed!
With the weather beginning to warm up and the end of the school year in sight, it’s a great time to start thinking about activities to keep the kids engaged and learning during the long summer days and prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”
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A firsthand account of raising expat kids in Hong Kong by Albie Ashbrook.
These days I am a librarian in northern New Jersey, with three children in college. But before this stage of life, our family lived all over the world with our children attending international schools and moving every couple of years. While we always spoke English at home and the kids’ primary language at school was English, all our kids studied multiple other languages at school every day, and we tried to incorporate cultural awareness into our daily life. Continue reading Learning Chinese Language and Culture in Hong Kong
October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, providing a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the wonderful aspects of bilingualism and multiculturalism. We are offering fun activities, handouts and more to celebrate this special month!
In the West, we call it the Chinese New Year. In the East, they most commonly refer to it as the Spring Festival ( 春节 ). Whichever way you choose to say it, this celebration will take place from Tuesday, February 1, 2022, until Tuesday, February 15, 2022. At Language Lizard, we put together a lesson plan to pair with our bilingual book, Li’s Chinese New Year.
Idiom Week takes place this year from January 9-15. Language Lizard has put together the best ways to teach idioms with multicultural resources. Use hashtag #IdiomsRock on social media and tell us about your favorite idioms from any language! Continue reading Idiom Week: Teaching Idioms with Multicultural Resources
Join Language Lizard as we Celebrate the Bilingual Child this month! For over a decade, we have been celebrating these children every October. Today we talk about the history of this celebration, how you can celebrate, and our newest Bilingual Book Giveaway!
We are ready to pay it forward today. It’s time to spread kindness to all your neighbors! Continue reading 5 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day
Guest post by Veerle Ponnet
Understanding the neuroscience and psychology of the learner is vital to successful learning and teaching. And Shhhhhh! here’s a secret… It’s not what we teach, but what YOU LEARN that counts…
The brain is the most complex part of our human body and even though it is the most important organ in our body, we don’t usually know very much about it. Understanding some of the changes that occur in our brains as we learn, will help us to teach and learn more effectively.Continue reading Neuroeducation: Mind, Brain, and Language Learning