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Printable: Animal + Sign Match Up!

It’s always the season for playing and a little learning just makes it more fun!  Celebrate the fun with this cute animal and sign matchup.  Perfect for the preschool and elementary school set, this free printable can help the little learners learn about animals and practice their signing skills (the…

Smart Coos Launches its Summer Learning Loss Initiative

by: Harold Jean-Louis Smart Coos Launches its Summer Learning Loss Initiative The school year has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop advancing our youth. As you are aware, the summer is upon us, and even though Summer is synonymous with fun vacations, quality time…

Help for bilingual children going Back to School

By: Summer Blackhurst Help for bilingual children going Back to School With the first day of school on the horizon, more children than ever before in United States history will be heading into bilingual classrooms on their first day. Many parents gravitate towards these bilingual programs because studies have shown…

Language Development Myth #5

By: Smart Coos Statistics show that language learning starts to get complicated after the fourth language, but that does not necessarily mean it’s impossible or even harmful to learn more languages - it just gets a little harder. How you structure language learning for you or your child is usually…

Growing Up Screaming “Goooool!”

Growing Up Screaming “GOOOOOL!” By: Gelsey Brizo With both the Euro Cup and the Copa America (two major soccer tournaments) being held this summer, I thought it appropriate to write about my favorite sport - soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it. Similar to how American…

New White House Policies Foster Dual Language Learners Support

With one in five school-aged children speaking a language other than English at home, the White House issued a federal policy statement at the beginning of June to improve, expand, and support America’s growing dual language learner (DLLs) population, specifically in early language development programs. National Goals Backed by the…

Language Development Myth #4

By: Smart Coos Close to 75% of the world’s population speaks more than one language. It just so happens that, because English is the lingua franca of the world, English-speaking countries tend to have higher levels of monolingualism because most of the world already speaks their language. It is only…

Language Development Myth #3

By: Smart Coos It’s true that children learn to speak a language more easily than adults, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need help doing so. Like anything else, practice makes perfect. Children don’t even pick up their native language without being exposed to it for long periods of…

Language Development Myth #2

By: Smart Coos For a very long time, it was thought that knowing more than one language would actually hinder your learning by slowing down your learning and confusing you. However, now that extensive research has been conducted in the field of language acquisition and development, it is clear that…
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