By Ana Paula G. Mumy
Photo Credit: David D
The thought of homeschooling bilingually was initially overwhelming to me. I knew I wanted my children to read and write in both Portuguese and English, but I had no idea how I would accomplish that. I feared I would confuse my kids or make the process of learning to read more difficult by presenting two “phonics” systems.
Most consonants are the same in the two languages, but the vowels and diphthongs differ in many ways, so I had no idea where to begin. Should I present each language individually and sequentially or should I teach both systems simultaneously, beginning with the similarities?