16 May · Karen Nemeth · 3 Comments

Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Education: A Federal Guidance Crosswalk

Twelve national reports and policy statements have been released over the past two years that provide recommendations for supporting dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood. This crosswalk is designed to show how these recommendations can work together to support effective early childhood care and education. Column headings represent the components recommended by the various …

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12 May · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Resources for Supporting Diverse Infants and Toddlers in Connection with Early Childhood Language Development Standards

By Karen Nemeth May 11, 2017 Infants and toddlers thrive when all of their languages are supported. The diversity of those languages will continue to grow and present challenges to professionals who work with babies and their families. Some states are adopting early language development standards that begin at age 2 ½ years. How can …

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20 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Handout from ACTFL 2016 Conference

Preschool and Kindergarten Language Learning: New Trends in TechnologyPresented by Karen Nemeth at ACTFL 2016 Karen@languagecastle.com      www. Languagecastle.com     Twitter @KarenNemethEdM Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education by Fran S. Simon and Karen N. Nemeth http://amzn.to/2cPiWO3 TED Talk video by Dr. Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=TED+linguistic+genius+of+babies&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 Apps that …

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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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16 Feb · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Strategies that Work with Multiple Languages – A Resource Collection

We all know that the appearance of multiple languages and cultures is growing in early childhood education. In the past, children with different languages might have been the responsibility of a specialist like an ESL teacher or certified bilingual education teacher. 

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14 Aug · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Curated Learning Toy and Book Collections for DLLs via Amazon

We have received many requests for suggestions about learning materials for dual language learners (DLLs)  that we thought we’d try setting up an Amazon A-Store. Click here to find recommended bilingual and multicultural toys, books and learning resources collected for specific kinds of classrooms or programs. We call it  Language Castle Learning Store.   You’ll find …

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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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15 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Celebrate all the Languages of Children This Week!

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20 Aug · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Countdown to Preschool with DLLs

by Karen Nemeth 10.  Find out the languages you will have in your class and if you can’t find out for sure – make a good guess based on last year, languages in community etc. 9. Learn the correct pronunciation of each child’s name so the feel supported and respected on the first day of …

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