5 Reasons Dual Language Learning Should Start Early

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Among the many European countries, 70% of adults are bilingual, or know at least two languages. In the United States, the number of bilingual adults lags far behind at only 13%. There are many reasons for such a large gap in the number of bilingual individuals, but a primary reason trickles down to elementary students. […]

6 Struggles for ELL Students, and How We Can Help

According to an NEA Policy Brief, by 2025 nearly 25 percent of students in public schools will be English Language Learners, the fastest-growing student population group. With such a dramatic increase, it is imperative that the educational community understands and adequately addresses the struggles of ELL students, and ensures that ELL teachers receive the best training possible. ELL students […]

3 Fears About Screen Time for Kids- and Why They’re Not True

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We check our phones upwards of 50 times per day — but when our kids play around with them, we get nervous. Are screens ruining childhood? Not according to children’s media expert Sara DeWitt. In a talk that may make you feel a bit less guilty about handing a tablet to a child while you […]

6 Keys to Successful EdTech Implementation in the Early DL and EL classrooms.

One of the biggest issues that many teachers are facing today is spending way too many hours preparing lessons and keeping up with technology in hopes of engaging students who are often times more tech-savvy than they are.  Most administrators don’t realize the huge amount of time it takes to find all the resources to […]

Fun Activities to Keep Bilingual Kids Engaged and Learning Over the Summer

Your kids worked hard throughout the school year to learn and improve their language skills, don’t let summer get in the way! For most kids, summer means sunny days, road trips, or making sandcastles on the beach. While they may avoid actual academic assignments, it’s easy to find some creative ways to help them practice. […]

8 Strategies and Tools for Scaffolding Instruction

Scaffolding is a way of assisting students by breaking learning down into manageable chunks as they progress toward greater understanding and independence.  Research shows that without scaffolding, ELLs and DLLs often struggle needlessly to access grade-level content and are less able to perform well academically.  If you are conducting instruction using your native language, you […]

How to Track Your Students’ Progress with Little Sponges

Little Sponges Gradebook and How to Use It This guide will explain how to access Little Sponges assessments, quizzes and Gradebook.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! In order to track the overall progress of your students, it is best to have them take the Little Sponges pre-assessment prior […]

The Importance of Teaching Vocabulary In Preschool and Beyond

People often ask me about the teaching methodology developed at Little Sponges® and why we focus heavily on vocabulary acquisition and oral communication.  So, I decided to write about the research and the rationale for our approach to bilingual learning.    When most people think about literacy, they immediately picture children reading and writing.  But […]

Family Engagement is Easy with Little Sponges!

Little Sponges is dedicated to the enrichment of young minds through bilingual education. Being bilingual is not only a great gift, it is often a necessity to be able to thrive in today’s global community. For many young children, their entire world revolves around their school, home, and community. According to the Southwest Educational Development […]