Category: Bilingualism

Montessori Inspired Language Learning Resource for Toddlers

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If you’ve been following me for a while you will know how hard it was for me to find reliable resources on raising a bilingual child.  I spent hours on the web looking for ideas on how to teach my toddler Spanish.   Oh! How I wish back then I had the Montessori Inspiration at Home  Language series e-book!  Teaching my toddler Spanish would have been so much easier!

 

What I love about this e-book is that it is inspired on the Montessori method of an education that  is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. This wonderful resource created by an amazing group of women: Vanessa from Mama’s Happy Hive,  Isabel from Uno Zwei Tutu,  Amruta from Mumma Diaries,  and Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood will give you all the tools to help your budding linguist learn Spanish!

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How the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Makes Spanish Cool

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My child is a huge fan of the book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He’s read all of the books, and seen the movies.  So when he saw the preview of the new movie release “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” he was counting down the days.   With three friends of his in tow we headed to the movies.  We weren’t disappointed! Lots of laughs to be had, especially for the adults, too!

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Tips for Motivating Language Learning in Pre-Teens

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The days of sing-along, and finger-puppet play to learn a new language are long behind us.

My child is an 8 1/2 pre-teen which has proven to be quite challenging to motivate when it’s time for his language lessons. Seriously, teaching him when he was a preschooler was so much easier!

However, I see that this is a common phenomenon.  I recently read a post from Multilingual Parenting that children learning another language go through a rebellious phase, and the importance of being consistent. So I am not alone!

In today’s post I am sharing tips for motivating language learning in pre-teens.  This age group usually describes those between ages 8 to 12 also known as the ‘tween years.

I’ve learned by experience that this age is very difficult to engage and motivate.

Tip #1:
Consistency:  I admit I am lacking on being consistent when it comes to sitting down for his lessons. Therefore, I have a set aside a specific time for spelling, grammar, vocabulary and reading lessons daily.

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Spanish Chapter Books for Kids

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My child is constantly challenging himself when it comes to reading. He’s above his reading level in English, and his newest reading obsession are chapter books. First it was Henry and Mudge, and now it’s the Magic Tree House series.
In my hearts of hearts I want him to reach that same level in Spanish, too! However, as a mother raising a bilingual and biliterate child I need to keep it at his pace.  So to peak his interest in venturing into reading Spanish chapter books I’ve compiled a list for him.

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Childrens Target Language Book Swap

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For the past few years I’ve been hosting book swaps for my son and his friends.  It’s an inexpensive way for us to find new books to add to our home library. Nevertheless, the books are in the community language. 

So how can we add more books in my son’s target language? 


I reached out to a blogger friend Diana from LadydeeLG .  We sent them a French/English Dr. Seuss bilingual book with a short note from little one; and she and her son sent us a children’s book in Spanish with a sweet note. 

This is a great way to get kid’s excited about getting snail mail,  and it encourages long-distance friendships.  This is also a  fun way on sharing, sending and receiving children’s book in our children’s target language. 

Take a look at your friends and family living in another state or country and swap books with them. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know! 

Please note that this is not to be confused with a children’s book exchange type of chain/pyramid that I’ve seen circulating on social media.  
Happy book swapping! 

Categories: Bilingualism

Language Immersion Piece by Piece

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We’ve all heard of the proven benefits of speaking a second language,  and that high proficiency can be acquired in an immersion setting but that’s not always possible.  Especially when the second language is the minority one.
As a parent raising a bilingual child what to do?

Puzzle image via Commons Wikimedia

Immersion environment at home

I had the wonderful fortune of finding Spanish speaking friends for my son.   Their first very first Spanish playdate was a success, and I eventually ended up babysitting two of the girls. Babysitting once a week turned to five days a week.  During this time my son was speaking to them only in Spanish.  I even had them watching Spanish cartoons, and listening to Spanish songs.

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