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Supporting Young English Learners at Home

Family and Caregiver Activities

Learning together can be fun! These family and caregiver activities (FCAs) are designed to provide simple, fun activities families and caregivers can use with young English learner children at home to strengthen language development in either the home language or English. The resources are based on the What Works Clearinghouse practice guide "Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School." They are available in nine languages.

Educator Resources

These resources support educators in helping families and caregivers make the most of the activities:

  • TOOL: Educators' Guide
    Read the Educators' Guide to learn more about the activities as well as tips to help families and caregivers make the most out of the them.
  • VIDEO: Introductory Webinar
    Watch a webinar that introduces the research behind the activities and provides suggestions for supporting families and caregivers as they use the FCA's with their children.
  • VIDEO: Activities in Action (Coming Soon)
    See educators and families in action! View videos that connect classroom instruction with activities at home.
Practice Guide

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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


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Questions about Stories

Strengthen language by asking and answering questions about a story.


Questions about Informational Text

Ask and answer questions about an informational text.


Questions about Experiences

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



Play with vocabulary to build language.


Guess My Object

Play a guessing game to build descriptive vocabulary.


Word Detective

Build and practice using vocabulary by playing word detective.


Making a Meal Together

Develop language while making a meal.


Interviewing a Special Person

Interview a special person to build oral and written language.


Writing Notebooks

Write daily to build oral and written language.