Books Arrive at The Estate for New Bilingual Groups
A bundle of bilingual books for learning English and Dutch arrived earlier this week as Zein International Childcare prepares to open bilingual groups at The Estate in Benoordenhout.
Each week at Zein, our Day Care groups focus on a Book of the Week. We read the story together - in both Dutch and English in our bilingual groups - and link the book to our weekly themes. During free play and quiet time, children have the freedom to explore their interests and choose from multiple different activities - each day many children wish to read. Children may select books themselves, though Zein teachers will always be close by to suggest choose a book they know matches a child's interests and reading level or to support with reading and understanding. By reading the same book in English and Dutch, children can enjoy a story they already know in a new language! Advanced readers can also match up the words they already know to learn new vocabulary.
The wide range of materials available to children have been carefully selected to promote fun and play, as well as to allow children to explore their interests, to grow and develop. They also promote the development of fine motor skills, literacy and social-emotional competencies such as sharing, communication and self-confidence. Equipping children with these skills will help them succeed in an educational system - Dutch or international - in their friendships, home lives and as members of the wider community.
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