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. […]

5 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Autumn Language Activities for Your Dual-Language Classroom

The autumn season is now in full swing! Show your students how wonderful the “season of change” can be with these fun activities, all while strengthening their bilingual language skills. Create a Cornucopia Picture With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, this crafty lesson can help your students be well prepared for the holiday […]

Language Bridging and Why Every School Should Do It!

Did you know that there are approximately five million English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States? That equals to about 1 in every 10 public school students. Due to their unique learning needs, ELLs are at risk for lower high school graduation rates, despite being just as (or more) academically capable. According to the […]

How Little Sponges Encourages Family Engagement

It is no secret that dual-language programs are cropping up in schools more than ever. After all, where there is a need, there is a solution. According to an NEA Policy Brief, by 2025 nearly 25% of students in public schools will be dual language learners (DLLs), the fastest-growing student population group. This applies to […]