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Supporting Young English Learners at Home

Family and Caregiver Activities

Learning can be fun! The nine activity sheets below, available in both English and Spanish, are designed to provide simple, fun activities families and caregivers can use with children at home to strengthen language development in either the home language or English.

Educators' Guide

Read the educators' guide to learn tips to help families and caregivers make the most out of the activities. The educators' guide and activities are based on the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide “Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.”

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"I just want to enjoy being with my granddaughter at home. How can I make learning fun for her?" —Grandfather of a young English learner in California

Educators' Guide

Activities

Questions about Stories

Strengthen language by asking and answering questions about a story.

English | Español

Questions about Informational Text

Ask and answer questions about an informational text.

English | Español

Questions about Experiences

Use everyday experiences inside and or outside of the home to ask and answer questions.

English | Español

Wordplay

Play with vocabulary to build language.

English | Español

Guess My Object

Play a guessing game to build descriptive vocabulary.

English | Español

Word Detective

Build and practice using vocabulary by playing word detective.

English | Español

Making a Meal Together

Develop language while making a meal.

English | Español

Interviewing a Special Person

Interview a special person to build oral and written language.

English | Español

Writing Notebooks

Write daily to build oral and written language.

English | Español

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Webinar Archive: Simple and Fun Activities to Strengthen Young English Learners’ Language Development at Home

Watch a recorded webinar featuring these nine activity sheets. The presentation includes research background, an introduction to the evidence-based What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides, video examples of real families putting the activities to use, and ideas for educators and family liaisons to support families and caregivers to use them at home.