14 Sep · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

New Ideas for Connecting with Diverse Families of Young Children During Difficult Times

Download the full version of this infographic with answers to frequently asked questions about building relationships with diverse families of young children now. Click here!

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26 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Balance Work While at Home with Your Infant or Toddler!

Download these helpful infographics with practical and developmentally appropriate strategies to help families balance work at home while meeting the needs of their little ones. Continue the conversation and share your own experiences on Twitter at #TheyreOnlyBabiesOnce Part 1: Click here on the first image to download the infographic with tips for playing and interacting …

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23 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Win at Online Meetings When You are NOT Home Alone!

I have a LOT of experience presenting webinars and participating in conference calls when there are children around, so I’m sharing my insider secrets for success. We won’t mention the time that the cat brought a live bird in the house and the grandkids were screaming and chasing it around during my conference call …. …

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17 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Creative Ideas for Playing with Grandchildren When You Can’t Be Together

If you and your grandchildren are stuck at home this week – but not in the SAME home – here are some great ideas to pass the time together across the miles. A perfect opportunity to practice your heritage language or learn a new language together! Low tech ideas: Write letters to each other. Everyone loves …

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30 Apr · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Fast 5 Gamechangers Empower DLLs With Conversations!

Perhaps the best kind of teacher talk might be less teacher talk! All through college and professional development experiences, teachers learn what to say to children. But, one of the greatest gifts you can give to young learners, especially DLLs, is to step back and let the children do the talking. Research continues to show …

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24 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

What early childhood educators need to succeed with DLLs

Here are the recommendations and resources I sent for consideration for NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative. I believe policy needs to say more about preparing monolingual and multilingual early childhood educators to teach children who are dual language learners. Karen Nemeth Here are a dozen reasons why: Most preschool teachers now (or in the …

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11 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Rubric for Evaluating Apps for DLLs (c)

R.E.A.D.© Rubric for Evaluating Apps for DLLs© Karen Nemeth, www.languagecastle.com Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education, Fran S. Simon & Karen Nemeth – Gryphon House Using Technology as a Teaching Tool for Dual Language Learners in Preschool through Grade 3, Karen Nemeth & Fran Simon, Young Children March 2013   Karen@languagecastle.com   …

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19 Jan · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Who is on your preschool’s diversity team?

  By Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. I think every preschool program should have a diversity team.  Bring together staff, parents, and members of your community that speak the languages of the children in your classrooms so they can provide help and support in a variety of ways.  Whether you have a very formal role for them …

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22 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 3 Comments

The “Magic 8” Preschool Practices Adapted for DLLs

By Karen Nemeth   Have you read about the “Magic 8”? These are the eight practices that are most likely to build preschool student success, according to research by Dr. Dale Farran and her co-authors1,2,5.. They could provide great advantages for young children who are dual language learners, but how can they be applied in …

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2 Sep · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Considering Children who are DLLs in Emergency Planning Events in the news have many schools and programs taking a second look at their emergency plans. Let’s think what an emergency – or even a simple fire drill – must be like for a young child who doesn’t fully understand the language! Establish class buddies – …

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