Play is Learning (In Any Language!)
Globally there are more than 6,000 languages, and half of the world's population speaks more than one of them. Chances are good that your program serves families who are bilingual.
Children learn their native language(s) between birth and age five. When parents speak in their own most comfortable language during this time, parent-child interactions are richer.
Even if you communicate with the parents in English, your support of the language they speak with their child shows that you value linguistic diversity.
This parent handout from the Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum describes the many ways children play. It also highlights a few of the many ways play helps their development across domains. And it's a fascinating example of how vastly different some of the world's languages look when you see them side by side!
If you would like to contribute another language to our collection, please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.