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By Chontelle Bonfiglio from the site Bilingual KidSpot As a parent speaking the minority language with my own bilingual children, I know it can sometimes be difficult and stressful when kids won’t speak your language. I have compiled a list of ways I have found helpful to boost the minority language based on my own…

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A new study The Life-Cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, co-authored by Nobel laureate James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and the director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development shows that an investment is in children, results in richer, fuller, healthier lives for the entire family. Heckman’s study…

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Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction? by Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith For decades, psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite. Researchers now believe that when people…

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Excerpt from Jenne Parks article on Hatch: the Early Learning Experts ®   “It is vital to provide inclusion of multiculturalism and diversity in your preschool lesson plans and it is not just because NAEYC & ECERS & NECPA and every other accreditation organization says so! An emphasis of multicultural activities across the curriculum can help…

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By Jeannete Vos Ed.D.  (Excerpt from an Early Childhood News article) “Language Learning Is a Natural Process When Children Are Young Adults often try to learn languages in a contrived way. Most people, for example, can recite the verbs in French—je suis, tu es, il est, elle est, nous sommes, vous êtes, etc. Yet they…

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“Personally, I love the sounds and musicality of all languages. I was raised in a bi-lingual household. I spoke English outside the home when I was with people who did not speak Italian. This was particularly at school and at activities that had some connection to school – e.g. cub scouts, athletics, music etc. But…

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