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Tips for effortless bilingual early literacy centers

bilingual early literacy

Literacy is an essential component for preschoolers to learn to read. Primarily, it fosters the reading abilities to develop a love for reading and to explore new subjects.

When you build literacy centers, you create an opportunity for preschoolers to begin their journey in reading. While there are many ways to create a comfortable place for literacy centers, you might want to develop other areas for bilingual learners, too.

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Cultural diversity within the classroom in building communities

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While there is a global change of culture, there is also a change in the classroom. Much of what students relate to culture is from each other in class.

At that moment, you have the opportunity to build a community in the classroom of mutual respect and assimilate to each other’s cultural diversity. What is more important than to teach students the need for cultural awareness?

Even though you find it overwhelming to adjust cultural awareness to lesson planning, it is much easier than you think. To my surprise, students engage the most in learning activities when lessons incorporate cultural diversity.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage month is a beautiful opportunity to bring in cultural knowledge about Hispanic influencers in your community. What are some ways you implement Hispanic awareness in the classroom?

Foster a sense of community in the class by using this event to talk about different types of cultures. Besides using posters, videos, essays, and other projects, focus on the relevance of this annual event.

Many cities celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by displaying art exhibits, festivals, and music.

Here are a few suggestions to build your knowledge about this cultural event in your classroom: 

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The impact of bilingual learning in project based learning

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Teachers know the value of collaboration in the classroom when students work in groups. Evidently, it is part of many classrooms across the United States. Especially in science classes, project based learning increases in demand to encourage engagement between subject and students.

In fact, project based learning continues to thrive in many classrooms as teachers encourage students to metacognition and critical thinking skills.

Whether it is a science class or language support group, project based learning is making a path for English Language Learners (ELL) students to acquire language skills in unconventional ways. 

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Bicultural Mama interview

Bicultural Mama

Bilingual parents engage with their children to encourage learning a new language at home all the time. Today, I’m talking with a great multicultural mom, Maria Wen Adcock from Bicultural Mama.

She is gracious with us today and describes the happy times of being a multicultural mom to her daughters. As a mom and writer, she explains the benefits of having her daughters learn a new language not only from family but her community as well.

Importance of bilingualism at home with Bicultural Mama

1. As a bicultural mom, what do you think it is the most important aspect to teach your children about both cultures?

I think the most important thing is to teach them pride in both cultures. Depending on circumstances, a child’s exposure to both cultures may be uneven. In the long run, this could cause a child not to appreciate or value one culture as much as the other. For example, I live in a town with few Asians.

My parents, who are from China, live in another state. As a result, my children do not have daily access to Asian family and friends who can reinforce their Asian heritage. In this way, I make sure my kids are aware — and proud — of their heritage by educating them about Chinese culture and practicing traditions.

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Curriculum planning resources for successful teaching

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Curriculum planning is more than creating organizers to help you map out standards. When you use a plan to map out the curriculum, you’re making your teaching more efficient.

Even before you develop your lesson plans, a curriculum map allows you to consider the most relevant standards in the year.

Although not every class will move at the same pace, teaching with a curriculum map makes your teaching easier to plan throughout the whole year.

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10 clever ways to simplify lesson planning

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Keeping up with lesson planning is often a tedious teaching task. Because lesson plan is an educational duty most teachers don’t anticipate, the organization is an essential part of developing your lessons. 

To simplify lesson planning, you need an organized system to help you carry on other necessary teaching duties.

Many teachers use planners, calendars, reminders, and electronic devices to create lesson plans. These personal, organizational tools are useful when used systematically.

Helping you stay organized with different systems don’t support you in other areas of teaching. Essential teaching duties involve assessments, student-directed instruction, curriculum standards, and interpersonal parent-teacher involvement.

Consequently, you might need to approach lesson planning in a very simplistic, organized manner. Here I show you simple, practical tools you can add to simplify lesson planning at any time.

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