This is a review of the interesting articles, Tweets, Facebook posts and more which took place this week in and around our Multilingual Living universe. Thank you everyone for sharing your tips with me! Keep them coming!
This is actually a review of the past two weeks. I have no idea what kept me from writing a review post last week but I’m certain it was something very important (or maybe it was because I was lounging on the sofa with a glass of champagne and just couldn’t be bothered). I will never tell!
And thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! Turning 42 was pure delight thanks to so many well-wishes!
Winners Have Been Chosen!
Yippee! We were able to finally narrow down the entries for the Bilingual: Life and Reality book giveaway to the final winners. I won’t reveal the names yet but plan to do so very soon.
Please let me take a moment to thank each and every one of you who entered the giveaway. To me this was so much more than a giveaway – it was an exchange of gifts. Your comments were the real prize. Every one of your comments was a gift to each of us. Through your comments, you gave us a sense of belonging and community. There is nothing more inspiring than to know that we are not alone in our struggles, joys, pains and delights. Thank you so very much for taking time to share!
Your Multilingual Living Facebook Page
What a wonderful two weeks on the Multilingual Living Facebook page! I so enjoy it when you post stories, thoughts, questions there – and I know I am not alone in feeling this way. What a feeling of community!
I was so hoping that others would respond to Vidya’s December 7th question: “What sanctifies the marriage in your cultures?” She goes on to explain how things are done in India and I share my thoughts about which hand to wear a wedding ring (right hand in Germany, left hand in the USA!). If you have a moment, please head over to the December 7th post on the Multilingual Living Facebook page and share your culture’s way of indicating someone is married!
Kimberly asked a question on December 6th about the role of music in learning language, Annamari shared a fascinating BBC article on December 5th, and On Elpeleg pointed us to another great post on December 4th! I get giddy with delight just thinking about how much wonderful information was shared! Look through these last two weeks of post on the Multilingual Living Facebook page and let me know what you think!
And while there, give us a click on the LIKE button if you haven’t already! We love to know that you like what you see!
Separating Fact from Fiction
A fantastic article came my way this week via another homeschooling mother. The article titled, Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning, criticizes the way product manufacturers make claims about the “benefits” of their products, especially with respect to stimulating and helping our children’s brains.
Here’s a quote from the article: “…if a product claims to be proven by brain research, forget it,’ says neurologist and former classroom teacher Judy Willis.”
The article is aimed at products used in the classroom setting but for families like ours raising children bilingually, we should heed this caution as well: Just because a bilingual product claims to have brain benefits does not mean this has any truth whatsoever.
Please check out the article and definitely read the myths at the bottom of it! Here are two to whet your appetite:
- Myth: The brain is static, unchanging, and set before you start school.
- Myth: The ages 0-3 are more important than any other age for learning.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the more brain research that comes out, the more we will find that human interaction has the greatest, most long-lasting impact on our brains (children and adult alike). Put away the educational toys and read your child a good book out loud!
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