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Use these resources to support young children who are learning a second language while continuing to develop their home language. 

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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2019

Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children: A Checklist for Early Childhood Educators

Research shows that learning multiple languages is very beneficial for children’s development. This checklist will help you support young children’s bilingual learning in a rich literacy and language classroom environment.

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Authored by: Shelley Pasnik, Naomi Hupert
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Article
Young Children
May 1, 2019

Five Tips for Engaging Multilingual Children in Conversation

In this article, I offer five strategies that take into account the unique aspects of learning an additional language and capitalize on the social and interactive nature of early childhood classrooms.

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Authored by: E. Brook Chapman de Sousa
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Young Children
May 1, 2019

Cultivating Bilingualism: The Benefits of Multilingual Classrooms

This issue of Young Children takes you inside several multilingual classrooms for in-depth, practical examples of how to enhance social, emotional, scientific, language, and literacy development with children who are learning more than one language.

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Authored by: Lisa Hansel
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Young Children
Vol. 74, No. 2
May 1, 2019

May 2019

Cultivating Bilingualism: The Benefits of Multilingual Classrooms
YC May 2019 Issue
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Article
Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2019

More Strategies for Supporting Children in Superdiverse Settings

This is the second of two articles offering strategies for teaching children in classrooms where a variety of home languages are spoken.

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Authored by: Carola Oliva-Olson, Linda M. Espinosa, Whit Hayslip, Elizabeth S. Magruder
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Toddlers participating in activities to promote diverse learning
Article
Young Children
November 1, 2018

Building a Cohesive Multimodal Environment for Diverse Learners

Ms. Manfredini seeks to understand the children’s backgrounds and draw on their experiences; she also supports children in using several different communication modes to make and express meaning.

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Authored by: Joseph C. Rumenapp, P. Zitlali Morales, Aquila Manfredini Lykouretzos
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Young Children
May 1, 2018

Engaging and Enriching: The Key to Developmentally Appropriate Academic Rigor

In this article, we describe the transformation of 17 kindergarten classrooms from didactic experiences for children to rigorous and developmentally appropriate student-centered learning environments.

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Authored by: Shannon Riley-Ayers, Alexandra Figueras-Daniel
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