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.
Libraries around the country are stepping in to support immigrant families. Some are new arrivals, navigating the immigration system. Others have undocumented family members who are facing possible enforcement actions. Here, we offer some suggestions you can give your local library, so they can offer assistance to these families during an extremely vulnerable period of their lives.
April 30th of each year is the culmination of Dia! Diversity in Action.
Dia! Diversity In Action
Also known as El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Dia! is a nationwide initiative from the American Library Association that helps libraries connect their patrons to more bilingual and multicultural resources.
World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20. Marked in over 100 countries, its goal is to raise awareness and funds to help provide refugees with shelter, food and safety.
There are an estimated 60 million refugees in the world. More than half of them are children. According to the UN, every minute 24 people become refugees who are fleeing war or persecution.
Refugee children in the US face many challenges when adapting to a new life: culture shock, making friends, and learning a new language are just a few. There are educational resources out there to help ease the transition for newcomers, as well as for teachers, administrators and other students.
There are a number of organizations that support children living in refugee camps.
We at Language Lizard had the pleasure of working with volunteers at The School Box Project, an organization that provides trauma-informed care to relieve the effects that years of violence and conflict have had on the children emotionally and physically. They run various programs that include fun, physical games, as well as projects that allow children to sit quietly and create beautiful artwork.
In Greece, volunteers used Arabic-English bilingual books in a refugee camp to engage children in creative art and reading sessions with parents and teachers.
Whether you support a local refugee family, help a newcomer in your school, or donate to a large refugee organization, every act of compassion makes a difference.
Do you have plans to mark World Refugee Day? Comment below and share your experiences.
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