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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9 Jul · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Response to Recent Question on Advising Diverse Families about Electronic Toys and Early Language

I recently received a request for some resources to help families understand the impact of handing over electronic talking toys, phones and tablets to young children. Here are a few links, including the June 2017 article from Psychology Today. Feel free to suggest additional resources in the comments section.

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5 Sep · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

How can technology help diverse families? It’s in this new book!

Here’s how Chip Donohue announced his new book. It’s a privilege to include diversity in our chapter among these great experts! “I’m excited to announce the release of my second edited volume, Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors co-published by Routledge and NAEYC The book includes a Foreword by Ellen …

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18 Jun · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

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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14 Mar · Karen Nemeth · 11 Comments

The D.A.P. Gap: Is Cute the Enemy of Quality?

By Karen N. Nemeth, Let’s be honest. Worksheets, cookie cutter craft activities, printables, and plastic manipulatives are widely reviled by early childhood education experts, yet they are widely available and often used in preschool and child care programs. At a recent luncheon with early childhood professional development providers and authors, we tried to sort out …

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7 Aug · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Naming the New, Inclusive Early Childhood Education: All Teachers Ready for DECAL!

by Karen N. Nemeth, Ed.M., Pam Brillante, Ed.D., and Leah J. Mullen, M.A. What do we need to see in early childhood education now and in the future? The days of fragmented programs where children and teachers are divided according to special needs and special skills are over. Silos don’t work. Isolating children and practitioners …

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30 Jan · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

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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25 Nov · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

U.S.: 1 Country, 2 Language Attitudes – Should All Children be DLLs?

By Karen N. Nemeth What an interesting week in the news for early childhood language and advocates. News reports revealed the growing trend for families in upscale neighborhoods to pay high fees for language immersion schools so their young children can become bilingual. On the other hand we read that, in some cities, families are …

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11 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

New Words, New Friends story for DLLs on Video!

New Words, New Friends is a story about young children who don’t speak the same language, but their teacher understands about dual language learners and helps them learn strategies to help. Thanks to the dedicated folks at @ReadyRosie.com for creating this video of a mom and child learning together with…Click here to order New Words, …

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15 Sep · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that REALLY Get Parents of DLLs to Engage!

by Karen N. Nemeth “Parents of DLLs just don’t want to get involved – and it’s hard to know why because many of them don’t speak much English!”  Language Castle Fast 5 Gamechangers gives you five fast changes you can make now to start seeing better results. If your goal is to just get some …

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