As a bilingual teacher, every day my students and I face the social and academic challenges that exist in our school system. We are not only learning one language, but two, which makes things more difficult for us. Despite that, as people say: “Twice the language, twice the fun!”
Every morning, my students welcome me with the biggest smiles on their faces, eager to learn and expand their little curious minds.
My students love to explore, move, observe, do hands-on activities, and utilize all of their five senses in everything we are learning. I work at a school with a very high immigrant population. All of my students speak Spanish as their first language, but they are learning both English and Spanish. They were given the heritage of pursuing the “American Dream,” however, they need tools to chase it, and my objective is to provide them with those tools, but I need your help in order to accomplish this.
My students face the biggest challenge of learning how to read and write in two languages. They need inspirational and fun books that will help them increase their love for reading.
My students require manipulatives that help them create an image in their bilingual brains which allow them to think in both languages and make connections.
By having magnetic letters and dry erase boards, my students will explore how words are formed in both languages. They will be hands-on in their phonics study and will be able to better understand spelling rules so they can have a smooth transition to writing. In addition, they will be able to perfect their reading with these fun and engaging books as well as whisper phones that will help them interact with others while reading as well as hear their own voices.
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