Real-World Literacy for Immigrant Learners

Forming a real-world connection between English Learners (ELs) and what they are learning is a sure way to encourage motivation, which plays a key role in learning, comprehension, and retention.   A real-world connection makes students see the importance of why they are learning what they are learning.  It helps them see beyond simply completing an assignment because it is required … Read More

Interesting Summer Programs for Teachers

Teachers are always on the go. So, it’s no wonder that teachers enjoy keeping busy during summer break with a summer job or two! In addition to earning some extra money, you get to hone your skills and get out of the house for a while.  There are quite a few companies that offer teachers part-time summer employment that is … Read More

Free Summer Library Programs for Families

Long summer days and reading were made for each other, even though most kids don’t think so!  Reading is a fantastic summer activity.  Not only does reading keep kids busy, but it helps kids academically as well.  Reading is also a great way to encourage parental involvement during the summer months, as reading helps parents and children connect. As an … Read More

5 Free Resources for Teachers

A teacher’s work is never done.  After spending the entire day in the classroom, you have to research topics and activities to bring into the classroom, plus correct assignments.  We’re not going to sugarcoat it. Being a teacher is hard, especially if you lack the right resources. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 free resources for teachers.  Hopefully, … Read More

Oral Language: Essential for English Learners

When it comes to reaching fluency in a language, English Learners (ELs) must master both written and spoken language skills.  Take a look at 4 essential components of oral language that need are essential for English Learners to master. Phonemic Awareness The English language consists of around 41 phonemes, which are the smallest units that make up spoken language.  Phonemes … Read More

3 Strategies for Teaching Struggling ESL Readers

English as a second language (ESL) students come to the classroom with varying levels and complexity of struggles and knowledge.  Some ESL students lack background knowledge, while others may have difficulties connecting their native language with the new language they are learning.  Every ESL student is unique with varying levels or oral, listening, and text skills. Additionally, some students have … Read More

Bilingual School Readiness Books – A Fun Way to Learn Colors, Letters, and Numbers

Infants and young children learn language skills through interactions with their parents and family members, as language is a form of communication to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas.  Literacy is also a skill that is learned through interaction with parents, family members, and educators. It is essential for young children to be cognizant of symbols and text, for them to … Read More

Multicultural Literature and Library Programs

Multicultural literature is oftentimes unheard of in libraries across America.  Considering that America is a multicultural nation, and that more and more immigrants and English Learners (EL) are coming to America, that is unacceptable.  Experiential, ideological, cultural, and social aspects in multicultural literature typically aren’t found in the basic, status quo literature in our country’s libraries and schools.  Let’s explore … Read More

Tips for Reading Aloud with Infants & Toddlers

Reading is an integral part of our lives, so it’s important to start reading to children from the day that they’re born.  Infants and toddlers listen and learn everything they hear.  So, it’s important to read aloud to them.  Additionally, when children begin speaking, they’ll start repeating the terms and phrases they’re hearing.  In turn, there vocabulary will increase. Take … Read More

Culturally Meaningful Children’s Books for Hispanic Families

Reading is crucial for all kids in order to improve their reading comprehension, literacy, and language skills.  Research demonstrates that kids are more engaged when they read books that they can relate to, especially if the books connect to their heritage or cultural background.  It is important to note that not all books about Spanish-speaking individuals are relevant to all … Read More