"In The Classroom" Button Nose Kidz Ready-Set-Read! Dual Language Cardz
Button Nose Kidz “Ready-Set-Read” Dual Language Cardz’ innovative and unique design incorporates the child-directed learning, emergent literacy, environmental print, and dual language education theories supported by a majority of leading education experts and researchers. The set comes with 25 brightly colored Cardz, each with the name of a place or thing typically found in a class-like setting boldly printed in both languages on the same side next to a smiling Kidz character. The package includes double-sided peel and stick adhesive squares to make matching and attaching the Cardz to (almost) any shape and surface as quick and easy as peel, stick, peel, stick, done.
"Emergent literacy is based on the understanding that young children acquire literacy not only through direct instruction, but also as the result of exposure and encouragement—as they are immersed in print, recognize the pleasure and purpose of reading and writing, and are encouraged to try the processes themselves (Teale & Sulzby, 1986; Whitehurst & Lonigan, 1998; Landry & Smith, 2006). • The building blocks of literacy begin to develop in infancy. Day-to-day activities expose babies and toddlers to sounds, words, speech, and print. Researchers have found strong evidence that children can learn reading and writing in their earliest years, long before they go to school (National Early Literacy Panel Report, 2008)."
"As children learn to read new text independently they continue using their intuitive knowledge of spoken language, their growing knowledge of written language, and their knowledge of the topic of the text to construct meaning.At the same time, as children learn to read more and more words in context, they use their developing knowledge of patterns of letter-sound correspondences in familiar words to figure out how to pronounce unfamiliar words." http://www2.ncte.org/statement/onreading/
"[A]ccording to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language (Lust, 2006). • Becoming bilingual creates cognitive advantages, which contribute to a child’s future academic success (Espinosa, 2008; Lust, 2006). • Research demonstrates that bilingualism enhances the development of executive attention and facilitates superior performance in bilinguals as compared to monolingual counterparts on an executive-attention test (Yang & Lust, 2009)."