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Teaching My Children to Read in Two Languages

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Teach Multilingual Children Read in Two Language

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 […]

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Language Tips

Learning a Second Language with Dad – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Learning a Second Language with Dad - 10 Minutes at a Time

  By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: Stephen Cochran There are many dads who are hands-on in giving their children the gift of bilingualism. As one dad told us, “I have great memories of going to German school and learning German on top of English. I would like my daughter to have fond memories of […]

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Role-Playing in a Second Language – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Role-Playing in a Second Language - 10 Minutes at a Time

By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: starrynight_012 Like many parents raising kids with more than one language, we are often concerned about how much talk time our kids get in the second language. Creating an environment in a second  language requires a lot of reading, a lot of stories and a bunch of songs. We […]

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Language Tips

Making Homework in a Second Language Fun for Children – 10 Minutes at a Time

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Making Homework Fun for Children in a 2nd Language - 10 Minutes at a Time

By Franck & Cristina Photo credit: spiritinme Stories, games, music, conversations are all great ways to expose children to a second language. And best of all, our kids will be learning without really realizing that they are learning. They soak things up while having fun: Slowly developing understanding and fluency in a second language. But […]

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Homeschool

Bilingual Homeschooling: Baby Steps to Biliteracy

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By Maria Hawkins Photo credit: ThomasLife A few days ago a parent in my youngest daughter’s soccer class asked my advice on teaching her daughter to read.  I took a deep breath to collect my thoughts before I answered.  Her daughter had just turned three. The world of reading and writing opens so many doors […]

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Families

Our Summer Language Experiment

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By Christiane Küchler Williams Photo credit: jepoirrier This summer I tried something drastic in an attempt to expand my children’s secondary language use and exposure. Something they weren’t happy about at first and that even my – usually very supportive – husband found a bit extreme. Did it work and boost the kids’ language learning […]

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Teaching Children to Read and Write in More Than One Orthography: Tips for Parents

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By Xiao-lei Wang, Pace University Photo credit: Lance Shields As our world becomes increasingly globalized and mobile, more and more parents are now motivated not only to speak their heritage language to their children, but also to teach them to read and write it. Compared to oral language development, the process of learning to read […]

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Homeschool

Biliteracy: Bilingual Children Can Learn to Read in Any Language

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By Corey Heller Use the Hieroglyphic Typewriter to decode the image above. The interesting thing about teaching our bilingual children to read is that we are often more worried about the details than they are. We furrow our brow and tense up our muscles when we think about how to explain to our children that […]

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Homeschool

Biliteracy: Teaching Bilingual Children to Read and Write in More Than One Alphabet

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Henry Scott As you have already read in Bilingual Homeschooling: Reading and Writing in More Than one Language and Biliteracy: Reading and Writing Starts with the Words Around Us, helping our children to learn to read and write in more than one language is 1 part teaching and 9 parts […]

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Book Extracts

Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Chapter 4

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What bilingual or multilingual family is not at least curious about how to raise biliterate and multiliterate children? Yet it can seem like a daunting task. Helping our children speak another language may already be a challenge, how can we even begin to think about teaching our children to read and write in additional languages? […]

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Playmobil Taught My Bilingual Child to Read (ok, not really, but it is helping)

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Corey's son reading his beloved Playmobil catalog (Jan. 2007)

By Corey Heller This post originally appeared in 2007 on the blog An American Between Worlds. I would like to officially thank you, Playmobil, (and other toy manufacturers), for your free color catalogs which we pick up at numerous toy stores around town. I hate to admit it, but your catalogs have helped my son […]

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Homeschool

Biliteracy: Reading and Writing Starts with the Words Around Us

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Erica Olsen Long before our bilingual children learn to read and write, they will have been exposed to the written word in many different formats. They see words on signs, in books, on computers, and plastered across billboards. In fact, it is difficult to get through the day without being […]

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