English Language Learner Home Language Development Slides

Illinois Early Learning has created a bank of slides based on Standards Start at Home: A Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families. These slides contain simple suggestions for parents of young children. The Standards Start at Home slides are available in PDF format (31MB). Feel free to share the full document.

Tips for Raising Bilingual Children (slide 1) 

  • Use your home language. Your child can learn your home language and English. 
  • Share your culture and family practices with your child’s teachers 
  • Make language learning fun and natural 
  • Provide many different language experiences in each language, including music, drama, and other activities

Tips for Raising Bilingual Children (slide 2) 

  • Provide books, DVDs, and games in your home language to promote learning more words 
  • Engage in conversations with your child about special topics of interest to them 
  • Be patient if one or both languages develop more slowly than other children who have only one language. This is common, and most children catch up by third grade.

Tips for Raising Bilingual Children (slide 3) 

  • Make sure your child knows if they are expected to speak a certain language to a certain person, in a certain place, or at certain times 
  • Find other people who speak your native language, as well as other resources, by using the Internet and/or your public library 

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Family Child Care
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)

Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2021