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These audio and video resources highlight specific tools and strategies for teaching DLLs.
Office of Head Start. Webcast #2 Segment on Physical Well-Being and Motor Development. 00:05:11.
The first concept for school readiness is physical well-being and motor development. A better understanding of how different cultures parent, discipline, promote independence, approach feeding, sleeping, and toilet training, etc. will assist Head Start teachers, assistants, and directors in preparing the children. Carol Bellamy, a Head Start fellow, teacher, and manager, suggests using music and dance to bridge physical coordination, cultural understanding, and foster a child's self-concept.
Office of Head Start. Webcast #3 Segment on Social and Emotional Development. 00:04:42.
A child's social and emotional development includes their self-concept, self-control, cooperation, social relationships, and their knowledge of families and communities. This piece of the webcast advises Head Start staff to assess their own cultural identities and biases so they are better able to address the cultural and linguistic needs of their students. Carol Bellamy suggests creating safe havens in the classroom, where children can go and not feel pressured to communicate in a less familiar language.
Office of Head Start. Webcast #4 Segment on Approaches to Learning. 00:04:23.
Approaches to learning refers to aspects of children's responses to learning opportunities, such as a child's curiosity, flexibility, or persistence, and is very much connected to the concept of social and emotional development. These factors can be personality-based, but are also very much dependent on a child's early experiences and interventions. This section of the webcast will be especially helpful to Head Start teachers and parents. It is important for both the home and school environment to engage the child in a variety of active learning experiences that utilize their dual languages.
Office of Head Start. Webcast #6 Segment on Cognitive Development. 00:05:45.
The last component of school readiness is cognition and general knowledge. As children acquire language, conceptual knowledge is also being built and this knowledge transfers, so that once a child understands a concept, it can be easily transposed onto a second language after the necessary vocabulary and grammatical skills are obtained. This webcast offers additional suggestions for Head Start teachers and staff to help children master knowledge concepts and language skills. One such suggestion is to have open-ended materials for children to explore and use in ways they imagine. As with all of the components for school readiness, Head Start staff must make a sincere effort to use the child's home language as a resource.
Be sure to visit the Focusing on Child Development section of the ECLKC website for more information for all children.
Other Content or Domain Areas: Multimedia. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.
Last Reviewed: October 2009
Last Updated: November 13, 2014