Dual Language and Immersion Resources
One of the best things you can do to support your child as they develop in both languages is to build their literacy skills. Parents sometimes worry about confusing their children if they are mainly learning in a different language at school, but this is a common misconception. The best thing you can do is build up your child’s vocabulary, oral expression skills, and reading skills in their native language(s).
Here are some tips:
- Reading books with your child on a daily basis
- Talking about the stories you have read together
- Playing rhyming games and singing songs
- Encouraging your child to write in either language
- Keeping print material in your home such as books, greeting cards, magazines, and newspapers
- Exposing your child to games, puzzles, and music
- Encouraging your child to use either language to tell stories
- Expanding your child’s vocabulary by teaching him/her new words, pointing out and naming objects, and helping him/her improve pronunciation
These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, learn a new language, and build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school.
Click here for frequently asked questions on dual language and immersion.
Director of Dual Language and Immersion