Bilingual Birdies has been successfully teaching language and culture to children in New York and San Francisco since 2007. Our professional developments highlight the triumphs of our decade-long classroom experience and make them accessible for early educators and children’s librarians who want to celebrate diversity in the classroom. These live workshops are a half-day interactive session where participants gain access to easy-to-learn and easy-to-implement tools to start applying the next day. We send one of our dynamic facilitators to your school or library branch for the most fun and effective training you will ever encounter! We have packages available for any budget.
Our programs are proven to deliver the following benefits to your classroom:
In this three hour activity-based workshop, participants will master techniques for infusing rhythm, voice, and hand percussion into the classroom to celebrate language and culture with children. Participants will also learn how to assess diverse backgrounds represented in their classrooms and empower children to be proud of their cultural heritages and build bridges with their classmates. This is ideal for educators with English Language Learners, Dual Language Learners, or classrooms that may have a lack of diversity. Participants should arrive with their favorite children’s book and expect to learn how to create fun melodies and movement games to infuse elements of diverse cultural backgrounds and languages into their story time hour to create an unforgettable experience for every child. Each participant receives an instrument to take home at the end of the PD.
Imagine if Sesame Street caliber puppeteers could come to your class to mesmerize the children! In this three hour PD we will teach the basic skills of puppetry and how to use them to enhance children’s social-emotional development. The use of puppets can be a powerful tool to help children identify and regulate emotions as well as help model positive behavior. Group work activities will guide educators to truly make books come alive by creating a “mascot” for the classroom who students can learn to interact with and truly get everyone excited about learning and literacy! Each participant receives a puppet to take home at the end of this PD.
Create a safe and joyful space where everyone can participate! This three hour PD is geared towards Spanish or Mandarin speaking educators who want a system for connecting with their bilingual students and their English Language Learners. We’ll guide you on effective ways to make your story time more bilingual with fun multicultural music. Each participant receives a CD download and an instrument to take home at the end of this PD.