[RFHF] Share the Importance of Home Language on Mother Language Day

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Thu Feb 21 09:20:47 PST 2013


Happy International Mother Language Day!

I just received the following email from our colleagues at Head Start. The national Head Start website (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/center/home-language.html) has some of the best one-page handouts on the benefits of being bilingual, the gift of language, and language at home and in the community for families, teachers, and other professionals. These handouts are available in English and Spanish and might be great to help you remember talking points when asked about bilingualism and would definitely be good to share with families. The website has a number of other resources on bilingualism (dual language learners) that I haven't had a chance to delve into yet, but they might be useful as well.

Enjoy,
Katie

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
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Happy International Mother Language Day!

In honor of Mother Language Day, the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR) presents the Importance of Home Language Series<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=83622654&sid=22809461&m=2496317&u=TransMgt&j=13178544&s=http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/center/home-language.html>. These new resources celebrate the value of supporting home languages in Head Start. The series includes useful information and tips for parents and staff.

Parents are encouraged to use their home language with children to support individual and community identity. Program staff also can provide learning opportunities in a child's home language and in English. These activities offer lifelong social, emotional, and cognitive benefits.

Share these handouts as part of your Mother Language Day celebrations. Encourage families to share the gift of their home language, today and everyday!

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