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

Parents and Toddlers Reading Together in Home Language

It’s never too early to begin reading to and with toddlers.  Young children are curious and eager to learn. There definitely is truth in the saying that children’s brains are like sponges, as they are always learning and retaining information that they encounter.  Let’s take a look at some benefits and tips for parents and toddlers reading together. Benefits of Reading … Read More

Five Tips for Parents Combatting “Summer Slide” During a Pandemic

Summer is almost upon us.  But this year, can we really address summer slide?  We don’t want to overwhelm our students and families with unreasonable expectations.  “Summer slide” is a phenomenon that typically occurs in the summer months when school is not in session. Research demonstrates that kids who are not actively learning and reading during summer vacation tend to slip behind … Read More

Celebrating Diverse Cultures in Bilingual Books

Encouraging children to appreciate and celebrate diversity should be a major goal for teachers in this day and age.  And there’s no better way to appreciate and celebrate diversity than by using bilingual books in your classroom. Bilingual books help foster a welcoming environment, especially if you have English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom.  The great thing about bilingual … Read More

5 Multicultural Bilingual Books Every Child Should Know

Multicultural bilingual books are quite useful in the classroom and home setting. Students and parents can read them in their home language and English simultaneously increasing their ability to understanding and comprehending what they are reading, thus improving their literacy skills in both languages. Further, multicultural bilingual books with an emphasis on multiculturalism also help ELL children relate to the stories being … Read More

5 Non-fiction 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