Early Childhood Education and ELLs

These titles focus on young English language learners and include topics such as language instruction, literacy, parent engagement, culturally responsive practice, diversity in early childhood settings, and policy and research recommendations.

Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners: PreK-2

This book is a must-have for anyone who teaches ELLs in Pre-K through second grade. Each chapter is packed with practical, research-based strategies that teachers can immediately put to use in their own classrooms. The discussion focuses on working with ELL families, choosing appropriate instructional materials for ELLs, and effective instructional practices in: oral language development, assessment, writing, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics.

Building a Foundation for PreSchool Literacy

Product Description: The second edition of this book presents the core content and best practice strategies needed to provide preschoolers with effective early literacy instruction. Each chapter explains why the instructional strategies should be used and offers illustrations on how the strategies have been used in early childhood classrooms by outstanding teachers of language and literacy. Topics include phonological awareness, creating a print-rich environment, planning an effective daily schedule, storybook read-alouds, professional development, and assessment.

Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education

Product Description: This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. Digital Decisions is filled with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.

Dual Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom

Product Description: The school readiness of young dual language learners depends on high-quality preschool programs that meet their needs—but how should schools promote and measure the progress of children learning two languages? Find out what the research says in this authoritative resource, which investigates the experiences of dual language learners in preschool classrooms and the policy implications of these critical findings.

Getting it RIGHT for Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds: Applying Research to Improve Practice

Based on more than 30 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher, administrator, and policy maker, early childhood expert Dr. Linda Espinosa offers an overview of current research regarding the education of young children from diverse backgrounds, with a special focus on young ELLs. Dr. Espinosa's overview includes discussion of demographic profiles, recent research findings, environmental factors affecting young learners, instructional best practices, and policy recommendations. Tools include real-life scenarios, recommended resources, and samples surveys and forms.

Language Building Blocks: Essential Linguistics for Early Childhood Educators

Product Description: This accessible resource familiarizes early childhood professionals with linguistics, the scientific study of language. Knowledge of linguistics will enable early childhood educators to successfully teach young children core competencies, ranging from phonemic awareness, reading and math, to health literacy and intercultural awareness. The text includes numerous real-life examples for diverse age groups and learning styles. The online Resource Guide provides hands-on activities and contributions by top scholars in the field.

Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

Product Description: One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know? Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provides a compelling account of the lives, dreams, and frustrations of these youngest immigrants.

Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children

This groundbreaking book provides a convincing argument on the benefits of dual language learning while simultaneously introducing a new teaching approach known as 'Linguistically Appropriate Practice.' This approach offers guidance for a range of professionals who work with young immigrant children and helps them to ensure that home languages are maintained and strengthened while children are assisted in learning the dominant school language.

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners

Product Description: Even the most experienced teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you'll find everything you need to open the doors of literacy and learning for young English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time.

Mi habitación / My Room (Bilingual Smart: Toddlers)

Product Description: This e-book is the first title in the BILINGUAL SMART: Toddlers series. The book includes twelve games that parents can play with their one to three year olds while getting dressed, looking for toys, or getting ready for bed. Each game also includes explanations of skills, additional phrases and vocabulary to extend learning, and notes to compare the two languages. The book comes with a free iTunes download audio companion and is also available in Spanish.

New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces: A Handbook on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood

Product Description: Developed by Dina Castro and her expert team, this five-module program is the key to working effectively with diverse children and families and preparing all children for long-term school and social success. The handbook gives readers thorough coverage of each module, enhanced with learning objectives, case studies, reflection questions, and an assessment scale and observation checklist administrators can use to monitor staff improvement.

Skilled Dialogue: Strategies for Responding to Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood

Product Description: How can early childhood practitioners best respond to cultural and linguistic diversity and ensure positive interactions with all children and families? The second edition of this title provides guidelines to help educators understand culture; communicate respect; integrate diverse perspectives; strengthen inclusive assessment and instruction; and establish collaborative relationships.

Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms

Product Description: This book is a comprehensive text on the historical, theoretical, political, and sociological aspects of multicultural education as it relates to young children. The text provides practical guidelines, curriculum suggestions, and techniques for use in the classroom. This third edition includes updated content on demographics, children with special needs, and children's book lists. Readers will also follow Barbara, a kindergarten teacher, through the chapters to see how she handles the dilemmas and issues that arise in her day-to-day work.

The Preschool Scientist: Using Learning Centers to Discover and Explore Science

With more than 100 activities, this manual gives children the opportunity to engage, experiment, create, and discover the exciting world of science. Using a unique inquiry-based approach, the activities explore science through learning centers and include targeted vocabulary, recommended children's books, and tips for dual language learners, as well as strategies for adjusting the level of difficulty of the tasks.

Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children

Product Description: Young Hispanic children are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority population in the United States, representing diverse racial, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. What can we learn from the empirical literature, theory, programs, and policies associated with language and early learning for young Hispanics? What are the home and school factors important to differences in early cognitive development and educational well-being?

Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy

The chapters in this important book provide up-to-date syntheses of the research base for young ELLs on critical topics such as demographics, development of bilingualism, cognitive and neurological benefits of bilingualism, and family relationships, as well as classroom, assessment, and teacher-preparation practices. Each chapter reviews the research and answers the following questions: What does the research clearly indicate for policy and practice?; How solid is this database and what findings are emerging?; What should the research agenda be for young ELLs?