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Home Language Supports

"Bilingualism is a Gift!" campaign launched September 2015. Help spread the word! 
Go to bottom of this page (files) to download the PDF version of this flyer, 
created by Watertown Public Schools for use throughout the community! 
Multiple translated versions are available by emailing

  • Head Start has a Home Language Series that is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole and Russian.  WIDA and Head Start share the same positions on home language use and other issues related to ELLs.  They work closely together, actually, and WIDA has asked practitioners to refer multilingual families with young children to these resources as we can.

Digital Libraries (in multiple languages):

  • Unite for Literacy has a FREE, diverse, nonfiction library of ebooks with multilingual narration, including WPS languages like Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, and ASL!
  • Identity Texts

    "Texts" kids are investing themselves in that hold a mirror up for themselves. Can be written, visual (e.g. signs, charts, murals)...

    • Scribjab
      • Read and listen to audio of dual language books written by and for kids.
      • Use to allow your own students to write and record dual language books for others.
    • Thornwood Elementary Public School dual language library
      • Languages include: Arabic, Albanian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Marathi, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese
BiG! Campaign Links:


Files (Below):

  • School Readiness and English Language Learners is a tip sheet for early childhood families for supporting home language development. 
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)  also has great resources like "Two or More Languages" that support bilingualism/multilingualism and includes tips for parents.
  • Wordless books list can be used by families to "read" books in their home language without the pressure of reading English words. Check out this article from Colorin Colorado about using wordless books. Some of the concepts in wordless books can be challenging since they are sometimes abstract, however, they can still be useful tools.
  • This American Life's story (at 40:37) about a son of Chinese immigrants who never learned to speak Chinese, so he could not communicate with his father until... "Larry's mom spoke to him in English. She felt that since he lived in America, learning English was his first priority. And she assumed he would just pick up Chinese..." 

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