Language at Home and in the Community: For Families

For children who are dual language learners or English language learners (ELLs), school readiness and school success are directly tied to mastery of their home language. This handout offers eight things that families can do every day to help children learn home languages and become successful in school. Tips include: use your language at home, tell stories and sing songs, tell stories and share books together, check out materials in your language from your local library, talk about your traditions and culture, look for activities in your community, continue using your language as your children grow older, and don’t forget that you are key to maintaining your home language.

This tip sheet is part of a series on the Planned Language Approach (PLA).