If you are a frequent guest to my blog, you know that I love the study of other cultures. Polish culture hits home as I am ¼ Polish, ¼ Irish and ½ German. It was fun to think back over my childhood years and delve into which of our family traditions came from my Polish background. If interested in some Polish traditions I took part in while growing up please read, Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month here. So, this October in honor of Polish American Heritage Month here is a selection of children’s books. I have not read all of the titles below, however, they all look like wonderful books to help children learn about the Polish language, traditions, and culture. I wish they had been available when I was little.
As a child I was always excited when my Great Aunts Odie, Ruth and Irene came to visit us on holidays. They brought a very special influence into my life — the Polish life. I am a quarter Polish, however, these aunts were full blooded, second-generation Polish immigrants. I remember their generous spirit, their laughter, and their jokes. They loved children and always had a story for us when they came to visit. In honor of Polish American Heritage month, I decided to share with you some Polish American traditions that we celebrated in our home.
Recently, I was looking through some research data about the different languages spoken in the United States. I was surprised to find that Tagalog and the Tagalog-based Filipino combined are the third most commonly spoken languages in the states after Spanish and Chinese. I was unfamiliar with Tagalog and decided to learn a little about it. Here is just a glimpse of what I found out about the language during my studies. I want to make a disclaimer here that I am NOT a language expert with regards to these languages. I felt others would value what I learned during my studies. so I am sharing it here.
Most children love to listen to stories read out-loud. ESL teachers can help children become more confidant in learning to read English and help them grow in self-esteem by including bilingual stories within their story times. You can also have bilingual books available for students to read during independent reading times. You don’t need to know the second language in the book for the students to enjoy hearing the stories. Most ESL classrooms have students with multiple language backgrounds so it is not probable that the language of each child will be spoken at the school.