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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23 Aug · Karen Nemeth · 3 Comments

Who is on your diversity team?

Who is on your 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 …

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6 Jun · Karen Nemeth · 13 Comments

“Rules for Teaching English/Dual Language Learners in Preschool?? A Conversation Starter

“Rules” for Teaching English/Dual Language Learners in Preschool?? A Conversation Starter by Karen Nemeth People are often asking me to just tell them the “rules” for teaching dual language learners in preschool.  They seem disappointed when I answer, “It depends!”.   Whether you say English language learners (ELLs) or dual language learners (DLLs), they are …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

The Preschool Language Blender

By Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. I recently visited a childcare center that had five preschool classrooms. There were children who spoke eight different languages and adults who spoke only three of those languages. The director had done plenty of reading of about the need to support home language development in young children. In her view, this …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Meeting the Early Learning Needs of ALL Children – Not Just the Ones Who Show Up

By Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. If you are reading this, you must be interested in early childhood education.  Now, here’s the question at the core of this post:  “Have you given any thought to the children who, for one reason or another, will not be able to attend a preschool program?” There’s an awful lot of …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

High Quality Preschool – Outside School Walls

By Karen Nemeth, Ed.M. My last blog, “Meeting the Early Learning Needs of ALL Children  – Not Just the Ones Who Show Up”, generated some important questions from readers, and I promised some answers.  How can states and districts accomplish the goal of providing high quality preschool education to all, when some simply will not …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Home Visiting Can Bolster High Quality Preschool Efforts

By Karen Nemeth I blogged about my concern that high quality preschool is failing to reach some of the neediest children who can’t make it to a program every day. My main emphasis is always about how these issues and solutions will affect children from different language backgrounds. Then, I posted several resources and solutions …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Bringing Education to the Homes of Young Children – Blog Part 4

By Karen Nemeth Ed.M. In 2010 I attended a leadership symposium presented by the Pew Center on the States.  John Schlitt, director of the new Pew Home Visiting Campaign, hosted informative presentations and fielded important questions from participants.  We learned about the sophisticated research techniques that will be used to assess which aspects of home …

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27 Apr · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Message for Parents of DLLs: Success in English Starts with Supporting the Home Language!

Time after time teachers ask, “we believe in supporting the home language, but what should we do when parents ask us NOT to use anything other than English?” Parents who speak another language often enroll their child in a preschool program with the expectation that total immersion in English will speed their child’s progress in American schools. Here is some information you can use to engage parents in a strong collaboration in support of each child’s growing ability to learn and communicate in their home language.

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