New Mexico Stories – A Mix of Cultures

New Mexico’s history is a unique blend of Native American and Spanish cultures.  Sharing stories from New Mexico is a great way to promote diversity in your classroom.  New Mexican tales showcase how both cultures worked together to forge a new identity. English Language Learners (ELLs) may relate to these tales of identity, as they too are learning to work … Read More

Is Learning Two Languages Harder than Learning One Language?

Some people believe that learning two languages at the same time is harder than learning one language.  However, that is a huge misconception. Bilingual children develop language abilities differently.  Learning two or more languages at once is not harder than learning one language. Furthermore, it does not cause confusion in children. Children are very intelligent and learn to differentiate between … Read More

Early Literacy Skills for School Readiness

Early literacy skills are necessary for school readiness.  However, Spanish-speaking English Language Learners’ (ELLs) literacy skills are in Spanish.  So, how will those skills help them in the classroom?  Typically, Spanish-speaking parents teach kids literacy skills through rhyme, oral language, and by focusing on other school readiness skills such as Alphabetic and print knowledge. ELL children’s early experiences with literacy … Read More

Press for The Latino Family Literacy Programs

The Latino Family Literacy Project’s programs have been capturing the attention of school administrators, teachers, researchers, parents, and the press.  The proof is in the 100% favorable reviews, the success with teachers, and the new skills that parents develop in order to work with their kids towards academic success.  Our programs use pre- and post-questionnaires and evaluation tools for our … Read More

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