Helping your child grow

    • Talk with your child in your home language every day so she sees you using words and gestures with ease. 
    • Express feelings and complex ideas. Tell jokes and funny stories. Let your child see you reading, making lists, and writing notes so she learns how people communicate through print.  
    • Help your child count, estimate, compare, measure, and solve problems in your home language so he understands that math concepts are the same in any language

     

    • Nurture your child's curiosity about the world around her. Use your home language to help her ask questions, describe things she observes, and make predictions. Being able to do those things will help her in school.

     

    • Help your child learn the alphabet and read signs in your home language. That way, he can begin to understand that letters and symbols have meaning.

     

    • Tell stories or read aloud to your child in your home language. Record yourself reading aloud, so your child can listen independently.
    • Teach your child songs and musical games in your home language.

     

    • Make books with your child. Your child can dictate stories to you. You might also create fantasy tales or books of true-life family stories. Try making a bilingual dictionary together. Illustrate the books with drawings or magazine cutouts.

     

    • READ! READ! READ! with your child every day! Reading books in your home language is a wonderful way to help your child grow and learn! Reading to your child in your home language will also help your child build their bilingual brain.
     
    • * Please see the link to the language acquisition research on this page for more information on the benefits of the bilingual brain.