3 School Readiness Books for Entering Kindergarten

Reading with young English Learners (ELs) entering kindergarten is necessary because it sparks their desire to learn. Reading helps to ease the transition from preschool to kindergarten because ELs feel that they are learning and preparing to do well in school. It is important to choose books that young ELs can relate to, as this will get them motivated to … Read More

Building Oral Language Skills with ELs

Oral language skills are of utmost importance for all children, but are particularly important for English Learners (ELs) to master, as they form the foundation for literacy development.  Research indicates that oral language skills include grammar, vocabulary, phonology, morphology, discourse, and pragmatics.  Some ELs struggle with pragmatics, while other ELs have greater difficulty developing vocabulary and learning proper grammar.  That … Read More

Training for Parent & Family Engagement

Training for Parent & Family Engagement is provided by The Latino Family Literacy Project, a White House BRIGHT SPOT in Educational Excellence with Hispanics and a recent winner of Promising Practices at the Statewide Texas Parent & Family Engagement Conference. Educators receive a culturally relevant framework and books and materials for the best parent program for English learners in the … Read More

Spanish Books for Teaching Spanish to Elementary Kids

Why Spanish books for kids? In our global economy being bilingual or multilingual is advantageous. Teaching kids Spanish while they’re young will provide them with many benefits and skills for the future, such as literacy and cognitive skills. With the proper instruction and guidance, kids can learn a second language with ease and a more natural, native pronunciation. Here are 5 … Read More

5 Non-fiction Bilingual Spanish Leveled Readers

Non-fiction leveled readers are a great classroom asset as they help students become independent readers.  Leveled readers are books that come in various levels of difficulty, which increases as the children’s literacy skills increase.  As students build their literacy skills they gain confidence in themselves, as well as language fluency and comprehension.  Lectura Books offers a comprehensive collection of non-fiction … Read More

The Myths of Learning Two (or more) Languages

The United States is home to a diverse population.  Approximately 20% of children living in the United States speak another language, besides English, at home.  Most often, these children speak Spanish. Research demonstrates benefits of being bilingual, despite some negative myths that are floating around.  Learning two languages helps children maintain strong bonds with their family, culture, and community members. … Read More

Reading Fluency for English Learners

Reading fluency is something that most, if not all, English learners strive to achieve.  Reading fluency oftentimes takes many years to achieve because fluent readers reach a level of accuracy in which they no longer have to slow down or re-read a word or phrase in order to understand or decode it.  Rather, fluent readers can simply place all of … Read More

Practical Narrative and Dual Language Texts for Home

The Department of Education requires that all students, including English Language Learners (ELLs), must be exposed to a wide array of texts. These texts include narrative text and informational text. This requirement is part of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and ensures that students strengthen their ability to perceive more from text so that they can make stronger connections … Read More

Cultural Relevancy Policies and Strategies in Family Literacy

English Learners (ELs) make up a large portion of the student population in our nation’s public school system. However, not all school districts and educators are prepared to meet the cultural needs of their students. Cultural relevancy is said to play a significant role in the academic success, literacy achievement, and parental involvement of ELs and their parents. Read on to … Read More

How Can Bilingual Foster ESL?

Bilingual programs and books have been popular since the Bilingual Education Act (BEA); Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1968 was first passed by federal legislation. The BEA recognized the needs of English Learner (EL) students and was the first bill to grant funds to ELs. Bilingual education has remained popular over the years due to … Read More