Benefits of enrolling your child in a dual language program.

Enrolling your children in a bilingual or dual language program is an essential first step on their path to biliteracy. Parental involvement in education provides a unique opportunity for parents to grow in their roles as teachers and decision ­makers. Most parents have many questions about dual language programs. The most frequently asked questions are: […]

6 Keys to Successful EdTech Implementation in the Early DL and EL classrooms.

One of the biggest issues that many teachers are facing today is spending way too many hours preparing lessons and keeping up with technology in hopes of engaging students who are often times more tech-savvy than they are.  Most administrators don’t realize the huge amount of time it takes to find all the resources to […]

Fun Activities to Keep Bilingual Kids Engaged and Learning Over the Summer

Your kids worked hard throughout the school year to learn and improve their language skills, don’t let summer get in the way! For most kids, summer means sunny days, road trips, or making sandcastles on the beach. While they may avoid actual academic assignments, it’s easy to find some creative ways to help them practice. […]

8 Strategies and Tools for Scaffolding Instruction

Scaffolding is a way of assisting students by breaking learning down into manageable chunks as they progress toward greater understanding and independence.  Research shows that without scaffolding, ELLs and DLLs often struggle needlessly to access grade-level content and are less able to perform well academically.  If you are conducting instruction using your native language, you […]

How to Track Your Students’ Progress with Little Sponges

Little Sponges Gradebook and How to Use It This guide will explain how to access Little Sponges assessments, quizzes and Gradebook.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! In order to track the overall progress of your students, it is best to have them take the Little Sponges pre-assessment prior […]

The Importance of Teaching Vocabulary In Preschool and Beyond

People often ask me about the teaching methodology developed at Little Sponges® and why we focus heavily on vocabulary acquisition and oral communication.  So, I decided to write about the research and the rationale for our approach to bilingual learning.    When most people think about literacy, they immediately picture children reading and writing.  But […]