18 Mar · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Must-Have Multicultural Items to Place on Your Order List

10. Books in all the languages you expect to encounter – at least 10 books per language. • 9. Digital camera and supplies for making books/games/magnets/posters that connect with real world experience and can be translated into any language. 8. Authentic music from the cultures of your families – not just the same languages. 7. …

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18 Dec · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Ideas for Sending DLLs Off for Holiday Break

10. Amidst all the holiday hubbub, don’t forget to prepare children that the holidays mean time off from school – but it’s only temporary. 9. Work with the children to practice reading and writing a few greeting words in each of their languages.  Use those words to write a little note to each child in …

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18 Dec · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Ideas for Celebrating Diverse Holidays

10. Ask parents for suggestions about what they celebrate at home and what’s important for them.  Don’t assume. 9. Go online to download news pictures of celebrations in other countries to post throughout the classroom. 8. Use these downloaded pictures to make games, puzzles, and classbooks to talk about. 7. Learn authentic holiday songs from …

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18 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Tricks to Help Linguistically Diverse Children Be Friends

10. Narrate play to help both newcomers and English speakers understand what the other is doing. 9. Be a language learning role model-show you aren’t afraid to give it a try. 8. Remind everyone to speak slowly and repeat to help friends understand. 7. Practice gestures, expressions, props and pointing to clarify your message. 6. …

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18 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

New Resources for Teaching ELLs and DLLs

10. National Head Start Office Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center website about Dual Language Learners and their families. 9. NAEYC featured presentation on Friday 11/20/09 at 2:00PM-3:30PM in the Washington Convention Center (Room 146A):Important policy and practice issues affecting young dual-language learners (near the bottom of the page) 8. My NAEYC workshop on Friday …

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18 Jul · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Ways Sign Language Can Help in Multilingual Preschool Classrooms

10. American Sign Language (ASL) is a true language and it can be a great addition to a teacher’s repertoire. ASL can be easy to learn. Some teachers start with basic survival words or illustrative words to enhance classroom communication – and there are many websites, books and videos to help with that, such as …

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18 May · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

10 Ways to Use a Digital Camera with Dual Language Learners

Enhance communication and learning with preschool dual language learners with these tips for using a digital camera: 10. Take photos of all children enjoying their time in your program to show parents who may not understand your language and don’t know if their child is happy. 9. Make a photo schedule so children of all …

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