Language Fair Promotes Bilingualism

Redwood Shores Child Care Volunteered at Foreign Language Fair to Promote Bilingualism

Families gathered at the Redwood Shores Library on 6/25/11 to attend the second annual Foreign Language Fair where rare books, crafts and language education opportunities were available. The fair featured Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Tagalog, Samoan, Vietnamese and many more.

Parents spoke with different companies and preschools about integrating language programs. The event was meant to promote bilingualism in households.

Redwood Shores Child Care and Preschool hosted the art and craft table. Each child got chance to make a beautiful American flag for Independence day. Many families have special interest of having their children learn Chinese mandarin at early age. They are so pleased to know there is such a great Chinese Bilingual Montessori child care and preschool (http://redwoodshoreschildcare.com) serving the local communities of Redwood Shores, Belmont, San Carlos, Foster City and San Mateo families.

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Seal of Biliteracy

Description of Seal of Biliteracy:

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.  Appearing on the transcript of the graduating senior, the Seal of Biliteracy is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.

Below is a Public Release (December 6, 2010) about 33 school districts implementing the Seal of Biliteracy. Redwood City School District is one of them.

Schools Chief Jack O’Connell Applauds Schools
for Implementing Seal of Biliteracy Program

BURLINGAME — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today congratulated 33 school districts for implementing the Seal of Biliteracy, a statewide program that honors students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other languages by high school graduation. Continue reading

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Infant Language Milestones

Here is a good summary of baby language development milestones.

Birth to 3 Months
Infants make a variety of noises, including crying, gurgling, and cooing. They recognize parents’ voices, become quiet when spoken to, and increase or decrease sucking in response to sounds.

4 to 6 Months
Babies’ noises evolve into babbling (”mamamama,” “dadadada”). They seem excited by their new “speech.” Babies move their eyes in the direction of sounds, may cry in response to harsh voices, pay attention to music, and notice toys that make sounds.

7 to 12 Months
Babies’ babbling becomes longer, and they repeat sounds, listen when spoken to, and recognize words for common items, such as “book” and “juice.” They begin responding to simple commands, and, at a year, they typically say their first word.

Over 12 months
Between 1 and 2 years, toddlers should be able point to body parts and pictures in a book and follow such commands as “Kiss the baby” and “Show me your shoe.” At 2, children usually say two-word sentences, and at 3, three-word sentences.

Resources
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Offers informative publications, a help line, and referrals to audiologists and speech-language pathologists (www.asha.org or 800-638-8255)

All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL
Provides comprehensive information on recognizing and treating speech and language delays (www.helpforkidsspeech.org)

Zero to Three
Offers information on development and parenting tips (www.zerotothree.org or 202-638-1144)

Child Find
A government-sponsored organization with links to services for children with disabilities and delays (www.childfindidea.org/links.htm)

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Mealtime Solutions

Have challenge to prepare for healthy food your child loves to taste?

Here are some good books and websites addressing mealtime solutions.

  • Mealtime Solutions for your baby, toddler and preschooler
    (by Ann Douglas)
    www.motherofallsolutions.com
    http://www.parentinglibrary.com/babiesandtoddlers.html
  • Homemade Baby Food Pure and Simple
    (by Connie Linardakis)
  • The Petit Appetit Cookbook – Easy, Organic Recipes to Nurture Your Baby and Toddler (byLisa Barnes)
  • Super Foods for Children – Nutrients-dense foods for babies, toddlers and kids
    (by Michael Van Strten) 

     

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Places to Shop Kids Arts/Crafts Supply

Below is the list of recommended shops where you can purchase good arts crafts supplies for kids.

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