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Bilinguals are Like Glue

Currently, there are about 350 languages spoken in homes in the United States of America. Immigrant families in the U.S. speak as many as 200 languages from around the world. Another 150 languages are spoken by Native American families. Many families are “bilingual,” “emergent bilingual” or even “multi-lingual.” Such labels are honored distinctions of accomplishment as the world population continues […]

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Knowing and Growing Takes All Types of Books

Storybooks. The term conjures up images of fairy tales and mythical creatures and villains and heroines of all kinds. It reminds me of spending time with the characters in beloved series books for youngsters, like Encyclopedia Brown, Junie B. Jones, Ramona, Emelia Bedelia, Frog and Toad, The Magic School Bus, Magic Tree House and the […]

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Free at Last

It was the spring of 1968. Seven of us students from Kansas University were gleefully headed from Lawrence, Kan., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., anticipating acting out our personal freedom fantasies during a week on the beach. That journey didn’t turn out as we had planned, but then fantasies rarely do. We headed southeast for the long journey […]

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Now THAT’s a Good Question

I just read an article[1] about adults being led in RE-learning how to ask good questions. Questions are so important in early learning that naturally I was interested, even though the article was aimed at those in business. Then I reflected on the RE part of re-learning. The authors cited figures about the declining numbers […]

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Linguistically Speaking…

Today our publisher, Holly Hartman, and I were talking about how sad it is that so few Americans speak a second language. We speculated that the positive impact of everyone speaking an additional language would have an enormous impact on our learning lives and, in particular, on our economy. We took turns praising those we knew […]

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Celebrate Diversity in Books

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! We at Unite for Literacy pride ourselves in presenting a library of books that celebrate the diversity found among families that call the United States home. This day of recognition for multicultural children’s books is a nice opportunity to publicly embrace a larger effort to ensure that all children […]

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Home-grown Diversity

November is officially National American Indian Heritage Month. It also is Alaska Native Heritage Month.* The contribution that native cultures have made to mainstream America may be invisible to the average American, but these are our fellow citizens and their diversity adds strength to this most diverse of countries. Indigenous North Americans invite everyone, including us descendants […]