We were excited to have our work spotlighted on the @cyrrcoalition website. Since Winter 2016, the Multilingual Families Lab has been working with students and community members to develop an innovative program to support the early language development of children who were refugees from Syria.
In August, I developed and led a workshop with multilingual families who had children in ABC Head Start’s summer camp program. Over lunch, we talked about bilingualism and strategies to support children’s language development. Families shared their experiences of feeling isolated after moving to Canada and having young children. They shared feeling worried that theyContinue reading “Bringing up multilingual children”
We partnered with ABC HSS to provide a dual-language ++ program in their summer camp. In our little group of children, more than 10 languages were spoken: Punjabi, Somali, German, Harari, Tagalog, Tamil, Bambara, Urdu, Malayalam and French. Amazing! #MultilingualismIsNormal #UAlbertaCSD @UofARehabMed
Play is important for children’s development – it helps them make sense of their world and promotes resiliency. During the pandemic, it’s important to keep children engaged in play by making time for play, creating a space, and finding ways to maintain friendships. Kids can bring the pandemic into play: curb-side delivery (instead of playingContinue reading “Don’t forget about play!”
Use everyday activities to build your child’s language abilities. With younger children, narrate what your child is doing and what they are seeing, read books, and play word or rhyming games. Ask questions about what they are up to and what will happen next. Play “eye-spy” and “what if?” With older children, learn “pig latin”,Continue reading “Keep kids talking during COVID-19!”