Walking back to the classroom one day, a student told Estelle Leisy, “My teacher says manzana starts with an ‘a.'” He had read an English-only sign in his home language. As a bilingual teacher, Leisy knew there existed a way to teach students without the mixing alphabet sound signals. Over the years she established a supplementary system for young Spanish speaking students to learn the alphabet and better their early literacy skills through the use of similar letter sounds and COGNATES–words that begin with the same letter and have the same meaning in multiple languages, such as B is for BICYCLE/bicicleta.
This blog is dedicated to garnering attention for COGNATES and their possibilities in the classroom while reaching out to government educational representatives.