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Pre-K Babes Who Speak Other Languages at Home: What do we do?

Pre-K Babes Who Speak Other Languages at Home: What do we do?

February 18, 2017

Dear WinkWorld Readers, 

A colleague in Colorado invited me to work with her during an online inservice in late March. The participants are Pre-K professionals: leaders and service-providers. The Pre-K babes in their classes tend to come from homes, where other languages are used. Spanish is the target language for many, but increasingly immigrant and refugee children are in their classes.  She and I are generating some ideas, so I decided to share in WinkWorld in case anyone else needs this content or wants to share their ideas with us.

“Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling who we are.”

~Carmine Gallo, 2016, p. xvii

Our goal: Active engagement with families and their children’s emergent literacy.

Our focus: Oral language is a path to literacy, and stories provide oral language. What matters most for developing literacy is lots and lots of good oral language found in storytelling and reading books to kids.

Word clouds, (Wordle, Cloud Sift, Tagxedo)

The following word clouds were created by Susan Henley Spreitzer. Thank you.

What are stories?

Why Stories?


Focus questions:

How do we get families through the door? Once they are through the door, what do we do?

Resource to be used for this discussion: Models of Parental Involvement, or “Do it to ’em, or do it with ’em.”

James Cummins’s Model of Literacy Engagement

For more resources on this topic for use in CO, visit Joan’s Schedule, March 28, 2017.





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