Is your voice being heard?

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Bilingualism: Communication, teaching, understanding, sharing, language, voice.

What does this picture say to you?

For us here at Little Sprouts, we are aware how much bilingualism can focus on relationships; the give and take, the ebb and flow. This is why we feel it is so important to have an open line of communication with you all.

For many bilingual parents, a slight weakness in the community’s prevalent language can hold them back from fully engaging in the programme. As language enthusiasts, we are aware that sometimes our posts may sound academic or too complex for some people, and this is why we would like you to reach out.

If there is any way that we can help you to fully engage or strengthen language acquisition then please let us know. You can do this by posting a comment on this blog, sending us a private email (littlesproutslearners@gmail.com) or popping in any time for a chat.

Your children will truly be able to flourish if the communication and learning between home and the centre is strong and continuous.

Remember, bilingualism is not a curse, it is a gift, not only for children, but for the community as a whole.

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New Zealand Sign Language Week (4th-10th May)

Next week is New Zealand Sign Language week, and we at Little Sprouts are excited to celebrate this with you all.

Did you know that New Zealand Sign Language is one of New Zealand’s official languages alongside English? There are 24,000 speakers of New Zealand Sign Language and it holds just as much value as any of our community’s verbal languages.

Are you able to speak NZSL and able to share it with other community members? We hope to have a sign a day and incorporate sign activities into our mat times but as none of us are NZSL speakers ourselves we hope to find someone with a little more insight!

If you are feeling game, here are some tips to help you introduce yourself to others next week!

NZSL Alphabet

http://www.deaf.org.nz/nzslw

What happens when we become partners?

“Parent engagement deepens our understanding of the teaching and learning process and can be an exciting, fruitful journey for educators. By seeking connection with families and the communities that surround our schools, we enter into a dynamic community of learners that can enrich our teaching, our sense of meaningfulness and our effectiveness in engaging students in the classroom.”

– Rosana G. Rodriguez
http://www.idra.org/IDRA_Newsletter/April_2010_Parent_and_Community_Engagement/Benefits_of_Parent_and_Community_Engagement/