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UPCOMING EVENTS

13
Oct

Two presentations on early childhood education for dual language learners, WIDA Conference

WIDA Conference, Philadelphia
October 13, 2016

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14
Oct

A workshop on social media innovations for early childhood leaders at Council for Professional Recognition Early Educators Leadership Conference

Leesburg, VA
October 14, 2016

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17
Oct

A workshop on strategies for teaching young for dual language learners, Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Summit

State College, PA
October 17, 2016

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Language Castle’s Fast 5 Gamechangers

Fast 5 Gamechangers to Support Math Learning for Young DLLs

by Karen Nemeth There’s nothing boring about math but some math activities CAN be boring or hard to understand. This is especially true for children who are dual language learners. They really need math activities that are embedded in meaningful contexts that interest them to help them understand. Using empty plastic, paper or worksheet items ...

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Fast 5 Gamechangers for Using Bilingual Alphabets

We want all preschool children to start learning the alphabet. That’s not always easy when they come to preschool with different language backgrounds. It can be confusing for a Spanish speaker to see a picture of “una manzana” (Spanish word for apple) next to the letter A while the other kids are saying “aaah”.  This multilingual ...

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Fast 5 Gamechangers Help Diverse Young Children Respect Each Other

  Early childhood educators have the power to start early and start strong by helping all children learn to respect themselves and others. When children and teachers speak different languages, they need special strategies to build that life-changing sense of community. Pronounce each child’s name as closely as possible. Model for your DLLs and for ...

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Fast 5 Gamechangers – Revolutionize Classroom Labels for DLLs!

  Preschools have labels because they value ‘environmental print’. But… if no one reads the labels or talks about them, do they really help teach language and literacy?

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Fast 5 Gamechangers for Cultural Connections in Early Childhood Education

  We all know the importance of connecting with young children by understanding who they are and what’s important to them. Real cultural connections for DLLs go way beyond plastic food, flags, or posters about holidays. Here are some ways to make intentional, authentic, personal connections that help dual language learners:

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Fast 5 Gamechangers- Preschool Science Learning for DLLs

Science is a great subject for early learning because it is hands-on and includes language, literacy, math, and other learning domains. But, how can teachers make science learning meaningful for children who don’t speak the same language?

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Fast 5 Gamechangers that Make Early Ed. Professional Development Stick

The big question about expensive professional development for early childhood educators is: Will it stick? Will the time and expense result in lasting, meaningful change? Five quick questions can make all the difference. Don’t pay anyone to provide professional development for your early childhood education program without getting answers to these  Fast 5 Questions. The really ...

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Fast 5 Gamechangers that Build Language Quality for DLLs!

by Karen Nemeth Have you seen the articles focusing on language quality this week? In the New York Times on October 16, 2014 we read about Kathy Hirsh-Pasek’s research in Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Says. Researchers are making a powerful case that, for children under the age of 6, ...

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