Natalia is from Spain, is married to a German and they live in the USA. Together they are raising their children multilingually. Here she asks a question about something that many bilingual, trilingual and multilingual families around the world struggle with: homework.
Even though there are no absolute right and wrong answers to Natalia’s question below, there are surely tips and suggestions from families around the world that can guide her in the right direction.
Please take a moment to leave a comment for Natalia (and others who are having difficulties in the same situation)!
Dear Multilingual Living,
I am from Spain and my husband is German . We now live in the USA. We have a baby girl and a toddler boy, who will start pre-school this year in an American school. My kids are being raised trilingual: Spanish, German and English.
I have been reading a lot about how to raise multilingual kids and we follow the system “One Person One Language” (OPOL) with no exception of situation. No matter who is around we speak our language. My toddler boy (nearly 3) answers to each of us in our language which makes us both very happy.
But we still have some doubts and my question for you is the following:
When my kids do their in English homework and we help them with it, in which language should we talk? How do you do it?
Thank you very much in advance.
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