Supporting Home Language is crucial for ELL families! Students need a chance to develop a complete first language, meaning a language that includes speaking and listening skills, good vocabulary development, and pre-literacy or early literacy skills before they begin kindergarten. This means parents should be using their BEST language with their kids, which for our ELL families is almost always their home language. Students who have academic language and skills in first language have an easier time transferring those concepts to English. And good news! You can help parents work on just that using some tools we’ve developed. Check out the resources below and share with parents!
Supporting Home Language information for parents (translated information sheet about why supporting home language is so valuable!)
Story Retelling Cards (translated copies for parents to use as they read with their children)