Building and maintaining the bridges between home and school is a process which can be especially difficult when teachers and parents do not speak the same languages. It is worth the time and effort on the part of the school to create strong bridges which will allow not only the students but also the parents and teachers to communicate effectively between these two most important worlds of children. Gonzalez (1992) suggests that, "In order to motivate the children to become personally involved in their learning, teachers need to include many of their cultural and linguistic characteristics in the curriculum" (p. 32). Students can be encouraged to bring their native language and culture into the classroom, sharing with others their culture's uniqueness as well as the commonalities among languages and cultures. Teachers can help parents recognize that many of the activities which occur during a normal day, whether in their native language or in English, can be used to build literacy and to reinforce the academic concepts children are learning in school.
Nathenson-Mejia, Sally, "Bridges Between Home and School: Literacy Building Activities for Non Native English Speaking Homes" (1994). LLCRT Faculty Publications. 9.