3 Best Bilingual Preschool Books

Preschool-aged English Learners (ELs) are at the perfect age for learning a new language. Learning a new language can easily be accomplished with the use of bilingual books. In addition to learning English or another second language, bilingual books help strengthen and reinforce Spanish or ELs’ native languages. In this day and age where bilingualism and multilingualism are held in … Read More

Multicultural Stories for a Dual Language Classroom

Multicultural stories are great tools to use in dual language classrooms.  English Language Learners (ELLs) can relate to the stories being told, in turn, ELL students will be more inclined to read the book. Further, multicultural stories, especially bilingual books, ELL students are better able to understand and comprehend what they are reading. In turn, improving their literacy skills in both English … Read More

Building Blocks for Academic Success

School administrators and teachers know that there are certain topics and skills that students should master throughout their educational journey. They understand that these building blocks are the foundation for academic success and beyond. Building blocks for academic success include the development of social, motivational, emotional and cognitive skills.  School readiness is often associated with academic building blocks, which are certain … Read More

Vocabulary – A Key Indicator for School Success

Research shows that there is a positive and strong correlation between vocabulary and academic success. Further, having a strong vocabulary is necessary for reading and reading is necessary in order to achieve academic success. Teachers working with English Learners (ELs) have an additional barrier to overcome, as EL students have little to no prior vocabulary in English. However, there are several … Read More

Creating Lifelong Readers with ELLs In The Classroom

English Language Learners (ELLs) have particular needs that must be met during reading and writing instruction.  Some ELL students come into the classroom able to read and write fluently in their home or native language.  While other ELL students come into the classroom with little to no previous reading and writing skills.  Teachers have to focus on teaching and improving … Read More

5 Research Based Reading Strategies for Elementary ELLs

Teaching literacy skills to young children can be quite a task. Now factor in their status as English Language Learners (ELLs), and the task gets even more difficult. As a teacher, you want to showcase the literacy strengths of your students, while enhancing their weaknesses. But how can you do both, especially when your students’ native language is other than English? If … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Books

Lectura Books has been publishing and distributing bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s books since 2001. We focus on quality bicultural and bilingual literature to offer Latinos a reflection of their diverse cultures and histories through relevant stories.  The dual language focus allows for Spanish-speaking parents and their children, who are learning English at school, a way to learn language together and be … Read More

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

To kick-off this fun holiday that runs from September 15 through October 15, here are some awesome activities for Hispanic Heritage Month for communities, schools and families! The Scholastic literary resource organization suggests growing a heritage garden common to a lot of Spanish-speaking countries. Some of the staple crops can include peppers, squash, corn and beans. … Read More

Welcoming Newcomers with Easy-to-Use English Phonics

English Language Learners (ELLs) account for a significant number of students within the public school system. While Spanish speakers are the largest ELL population, research demonstrates that there are significant numbers of ELL students that speak languages other than Spanish, such as Arabic and Chinese.  The influx of ELLs has created a need for a systematic approach to reading and learning … Read More

A Parent’s Checklist for Entering Kindergarten

The start of the school year will come around sooner than you know it. And, as a parent, you want nothing more than to make sure that your English Learner (EL) child is ready to start on the educational journey of a lifetime. Kindergarten is such a magical time full of learning, so you want to ensure that your child is … Read More