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Book Reviews,

BILINGUAL BOOK REVIEW: THE “OUR LIVES, OUR WORLD” SERIES

In continuation of our celebration of The Bilingual Child Month, we’d like to share with you a review of three bilingual books that explore and celebrate global diversity. Read these books with your students to help them appreciate children just like them from around the world. Goal! Let’s Play! – written by Joe Marriott and illustrated by Algy Craig Hall Yum! Let’s Eat! – written by Thando Maclaren and illustrated by Jacqueline East Brrmm!............. CONTINUE READING
Schools,

CELEBRATE THE BILINGUAL CHILD MONTH!

October is here which means it is time to focus on celebrating bilingual children! Although we know that childhood bilingualism is fabulous and fantastic, it feels as if many in this country haven’t yet come to realize this (let alone celebrate it). When it comes to bilingual children, words such as worry and concern are often used: “We are concerned that the bilingual children in this country won’t learn English, especially if their parents speak to them in their heritage languages at home.”............. CONTINUE READING
Families, Schools,

6 REASONS WHY CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN LANGUAGES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

The research extolling the benefits of bilingualism abounds in today’s day and age. Bilingualism helps us better understand the structure of languages and can give us an in-depth view of another culture.  Bilingualism can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. It can help people find jobs here in the United States and in other countries. Although most of us in the United States don’t start learning additional languages until middle school or college, for some time............. CONTINUE READING
At Home, ELLs / DLLs, Schools,

8 TIPS TO PROTECT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS FROM BULLYING IN YOUR CLASSROOM AND SCHOOL

As schools open their doors each fall, students from all walks of life enter. Each has the opportunity to share with other students in the amazing experience of education. Wide-eyed and anxious, children slowly lower their guard and allow themselves to get comfortable with their teachers, fellow students and surroundings. The hope is that this experience will be filled with joy and comfort for each and every student. For many English Language Learners (ELLs), school is a place of laughter, fun and............. CONTINUE READING
At Home, Schools,

LEARNING FOREIGN LANGUAGES: 5 REASONS WHY A SMALL AMOUNT OF LANGUAGE EXPOSURE IS BENEFICIAL

Research abounds about the benefits of bilingualism: the more exposure to languages from as early an age as possible is the best. Being that our brains are still growing and developing rapidly when we are young, multiple languages can be assimilated as seamlessly as a single language at this age. Some research even goes as far as defining optimal age limits within which languages should be learned for greatest benefits, primarily for picking up a native-like accent. However, experts enthusiastically agree............. CONTINUE READING
Dual Language,

SUPPORT YOUR DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS WITH $250 WORTH OF BILINGUAL BOOKS!

We are delighted to announce a chance for you to win $250 worth of bilingual books in your choice of languages! Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, and many more languages! It is easy to enter! All you have to do is go to www.LanguageLizard.com/giveaway.htm and submit the entry form. We’d love it if you could spread the word about this wonderful opportunity! By doing............. CONTINUE READING
Book Reviews,

BILINGUAL BOOK REVIEW: ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Illustrated by Annie Kubler Hardcover Ages 0-3 Review by Maureen Pugh This sturdy, oversized (it runs a little over 8 inches square) board book brings the classic song to life with a couple of giggle-producing twists – at least they made my 5-year old giggle! The text runs through the classic poem three times, changing the ending the second and third times through. Toddlers will love the last verse, which has the reader row the boat to the “shore,” and then ends............. CONTINUE READING
Dual Language, Lesson Plans, Schools,

5 TIPS TO HELP BILINGUAL CHILDREN SHINE IN THE CLASSROOM

Back-to-school sales line the aisles of supermarkets and drug stores; children roam department stores picking out new fall clothes; and parents rush around with check-lists of items their children will need in the coming weeks and months. Yes, the school year is about to begin. For bilingual children, this time of year may feel a little daunting, especially for those who will be starting school for the very first time. In addition to all of the feelings that many students face on their............. CONTINUE READING
Dual Language, ELLs / DLLs, Libraries,

BILINGUAL STORY TIME AT YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY

It’s free, it’s fun and it’s in your language: bilingual story time! Across the United States libraries offer story times in a myriad of languages based on the demands of the community: Spanish, Russian, Gujarati, French, Japanese… just to name a few! Children sit wide-eyed in awe as an adult reads to them in their own language: Amazing! Someone other than my parents can speak and read my language – how exciting! The only problem with story time for many children is that............. CONTINUE READING
Book Reviews,

BILINGUAL BOOK REVIEW: LION FABLES

Lion Fables Written and illustrated by Jan Ormerod Paperback Ages 4-9 Review by Maureen Pugh This book contains both the Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse, as well as the Malaysian fable The Hare’s Revenge. The stories are retold and illustrated by award-willing author and illustrator Jan Ormerod. The Lion and the Mouse tells the familiar tale of a little mouse, who captured by the self-acclaimed “King of the Beasts,” bargains for his life with an offer of friendship and aid should the lion ever............. CONTINUE READING
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