Literacy Center Education Network

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Home Language Learning

Beginning in 2013, under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), children in the United States will be required to speak and read in English by the end of Kindergarten. This is a big job for English Language Learners (ELLs). For this reason, the Literacy Center Education Network has created printable activities to help parents teach home language basics to their children before Kindergarten. If parents take a bit of time each day to teach letters, numbers, colors, shapes and a few frequently used words, before sending your children off to school, you can make the job of mapping English to your home language much easier.

Practice is Fun

Anyone who has learned to play a sport or a musical instrument knows that practice is not only essential it can also be fun. Learning to read and write requires taking the language out for a test drive. Hands-on activities like coloring and writing develop fine motor skills and lead to mastery of the language. Our printable activities allow you to Print and Practice anywhere, anytime. Each looks like the Play and Learn lessons so your child can more rapidly recognized letters, colors, numbers, and shapes. Try printing the letters of your child’s name. This is a great way to introduce the concept of upper and lowercase letters. Take a few activities with you to a restaurant or in the car.