In the Toddler Room this week, the chalk board is letting you know that speaking your first language with your kids is great!
If English is not your first language, or your child's caregiver's first language, don't struggle with speaking English because you worry they will be left behind. Speaking a first language to a child gives them your rich vocabulary and builds a foundation of transferable skills. "Students who are literate in their native language have many skills to draw on when they learn academic English, even when the writing system is different. It is much easier to teach a concept if the student already has some background with it in native language. Once students grasp the underlying literacy skills of one language, they can use these same skills to learn another language" (Judi Haynes). So have fun and talk a lot with your child!
For ELL teachers, but helpful for parents and caregivers too! "8 Strategies for Preschool ELLs' Language and Literacy Development" by Karen Ford http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/36679/
"Why is it important for young children to keep their home language AND learn English?" http://illinoisearlylearning.org/faqs/dll.htm#homelang
"What Language should ELLs Speak at Home?" by Judie Haynes http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/language_should_ells_speak_hom_00405.php