Multilingual parenting - Tips, info and news for parents of bilingual children

Tips, info and news for parents of bilingual children
Tips, info and news for parents of bilingual children.
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Welcome to the Multilingual Parenting newsletter!


Great to "see" you again! How lucky am I to be able to spend some precious time with my little grandson in my home village in Finland - talking Swedish with him all day long (in case you didn't know, I am a FInlandswede by birth, part of a small minority in Finland). I hope you will also be able to spend some relaxing holiday time with your kids and/or grandkids this summer.



May the peace and power be with you.


Rita
1. ON THE WEB (VIDEO)
Bilingual babies. How Does a child learn two languages at the same time? 

2. MORE ON THE WEB (ARTICLES)
A few links on one of my favourite topics: Reading 
Parents underestimate the power of talking, reading with babies, study finds
Great ways to get kids excited about reading


3. FROM THE ARCHIVES 
4 reasons why your bilingual child answers in the "wrong" language

4. TOP TIP
Kids love reading some books over and over again – what you can do to get some variety is to stop and ask some questions, and – if your little one is in on the game – take the story in a different direction. Interactive reading is a highly effective way of engaging children to use and enhance their language skills. Examples of altering the plot to encourage a discussion:
- The book character goes food shopping – ask what would have changed if they went to a hardware store, or even the beach, instead.
- The story takes place in a town – ask how it would be different if it happened in the countryside
- The main person is a boy – ask how the story would go if it was a girl.
Always follow up with a Why? question, so you can continue the discussion together.

5. Q&A
How to maximise the family minority language exposure?

6. INDIVIDUAL FAMILY LANGUAGE COACHING
Not all questions can be answered through simple Q&As - if you are looking for help with planning your children's bilingual upbringing, please get in touch - simply reply to this email with a request for more information. The process starts with a free exploration session (online) where we determine whether Family Language Coaching would be suitable for your family.

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8. BOOK
You can get a copy of the Standard Edition of Bringing up a Bilingual Child (paperback or Kindle) via Amazon. Read a review HERE.
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Tips, advice and stories for parents raising bilingual children in multilingual families.