Code-Switching Is More Than Just Language

Language is crucial to our survival because it allows us to communicate and convey our thoughts, beliefs, and opinions.  Identity and cultural influences are reflected in how we use language. Bilingual communities use several types of phenomena that make communication more meaningful and effective.  One of these phenomena is code-switching. Read on to learn about what code-switching is and the … Read More

Spanish as a Second Language

There are many fantastic reasons to learn a second language, especially when that second language is Spanish!  There are an estimated 477 million people who possess native Spanish competency around the world.  Spanish is one of the most spoken second languages, and the third most commonly spoken native languages worldwide. Spanish is recognized as the official language of 20 different … Read More

Our 3 Favorite Multicultural Bilingual Kindergarten Books

Reading books to kindergarten children helps to put them on the right path to academic success.  Additionally, it also helps to open their minds to new concepts, experiences, and cultures.  During kindergarten, it is especially important to expose children to mirror and window books, which are books that they can see themselves or someone they know portrayed in the story. … Read More

Shared Reading – an Important Factor for ELs

Shared reading is a concept that is highly important in the classroom setting, and is an especially important factor of English Learners (ELs).  Shared reading is when students and teacher read and examine a text together. This technique requires that the text being read is visible to both the students and the teacher.  Most often, shared reading experiences occur with … Read More

Top Resources for Family Engagement

Family engagement is a process that is both collaborative and strengths-based in which education professionals, families, and children build positive and goal-oriented relationships.  In order for family engagement to be integrated throughout the education system, school officials and educators need to engage families and inform them that they are essential partners in the learning and development of their children.  There … Read More

Teaching Vocabulary to Bilingual Preschoolers

Early childhood education plays an essential role in preparing bilingual preschoolers for academic success in the future.  Preschoolers who develop foundational language and literacy skills are more likely to begin kindergarten ready to learn how to read and write. It is important for teachers to teach vocabulary to bilingual preschoolers at their level.  Bilingual preschoolers need opportunities to hear and … 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 inspired by … 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

The Differences between Bilingual and Dual Language Programs

There are some distinct differences between bilingual and dual language programs. However, it’s often confusing as to what these differences are. Let’s take a look at what the sources say. It turns out the adjective “bilingual” is looked at in a few different ways depending on the associated words. For instance, a transitional bilingual program is where students phase out … Read More

Top 10 Hashtags in Education

Whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, these top 10 hashtags in education can provide you with tremendously helpful information. In essence, they are terrific resource to help you have important conversations and learn new things in the field of education. Let’s take a look at what they’re about. The Teach Thought website lists these two hashtags as particularly useful: … Read More