Engaging Parents with Multilingual Storytime
During distance learning, it’s important for parents to feel involved in their children’s education and share their culture, even if they don’t speak English. Every month, Rocketship parent volunteers come into the classroom to read bilingual stories to students – a program known as “Los Dichos.” Los Dichos started as a Spanish/English reading program to teach students about different cultural values and instill a sense of positive cultural identity and pride. Each Los Dichos lesson has a “dicho”, or saying, that reflects the story and guides the lesson. This program is so popular during the school year that we wanted to keep it going during distance learning. Check out this example to get ideas for how your school can engage parents and celebrate diversity both in the classroom and from home.
Rocketeer families who are joining us from your homes, don’t forget to post a picture of your caring adults and siblings reading with you or reading to you on your Rocketship Facebook page with #LosDichos. We can’t wait to see you all there!
Watch More Episodes of Los Dichos
Miss last week’s virtual Los Dichos storytime and activity featuring “A Kids’ Books About Racism” by Jelani Memory? Gather the whole family and watch this Spanish-English read aloud and more on our Los Dichos playlist.
Download Multilingual Storybook Texts
Want to read along with this week’s featured storybook? Download all of our favorites that have been translated into English, Spanish and Vietnamese.