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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23 May · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Using Skype and Videochats with Young Children

Skype can provide an open window to interact with the world. For young children, it can make different languages and cultures take on a whole new meaning. Skype can be downloaded for free on any computer or tablet device.

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3 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Language Diversity … Can You Help Young Children Communicate and Play with their Friends who Speak Different Languages? (How New Words, New Friends was born!)

How New Words, New Friends was Born! by Karen N. Nemeth  “Why don’t you play much with the other kids, Vivi?” “Most of the kids speak Spanish and they just talk to each other. If my friend who speaks my language doesn’t come to school one day, I don’t have anybody to play with.” “Don’t …

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18 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Twitter tips – What to do with a Conference Hashtag Twitter feed

by Karen Nemeth It’s 2014 – so you shouldn’t be surprised that every education conference is asking you to follow proceedings on Twitter.  Don’t be afraid.  When you try it, you’ll really like what this use of social media has to offer.  Here are some tips: 1.  Twitter is free and it’s public – anyone …

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15 Jul · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Big Ways Libraries Can Fill in for Funding Gaps in Early Education

Cen Campbell and Karen Nemeth Times are tough for preschools and home visiting programs right now. This article in the Arkansas Times tells the real story about the devastating effects of sequestration budget cuts on early childhood education programs across the country.  As we read about the millions of dollars, we were really moved by …

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7 Nov · Karen Nemeth · 5 Comments

Remembering Ty Nelson in Atlanta

by Karen Nemeth If you knew my mom, Ty Nelson, these pictures wouldn’t surprise you.  But, if you know my work now, would you have guessed I had a mom like that?  She had a sweater or vest for every season and holiday!  I hope reading this will bring up all kinds of memories for …

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28 Mar · Karen Nemeth · 5 Comments

Top Ten Factors for Successful Professional Development!

Top Ten Factors for Successful Professional Development! by Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. A large part of my work is doing professional development about teaching young DLLs and collecting valuable resources here at Language Castle.  I’ve traveled the country and worked with hundreds of programs.  I am always mindful that my visit is so temporary, but what …

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