Multilingual Living Newsletter – July 5

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Multilingual Living
Weekly Newsletter
July 5, 2011
Dear Multilingual Living Friends, 

As I write this, I am watching the France vs. Germany 2011 Women’s World Cup game. The national anthems have been sung, handshakes have been made and team photos have just been taken. Jetzt geht’s los!

I’m not really concerned about who wins. The most exciting for me is having the opportunity to witness such strong, assured, inspiring women from around the world giving it their all for the sport that they love. This is wonderful! Amazing! Fantastic!

My children take it at face value that both men and women engage in soccer, play in World Cups and follow their dreams. As far as they are concerned, gender is not a limiting factor. Of course, as well all know, this is not necessarily the case everywhere in the world (something of which my children are also aware).

Judging by the sold out crowds during this World Cup, women’s soccer is something to support and get excited about. I hope that it will continue to grow and develop around the world. As I say in my Week in Review post, “Move aside Barbie. Girls around the world are turning to real, live, inspirational women of substance for their role models!” This is something which I hope my daughter will never take for granted.

On a totally different topic… Happy 4th of July to everyone who celebrated it on Monday! As you can read in my post, American Independence and the World Cup, this holiday has something of a, well, let’s say, “unique flavor” in my household (or at least it did in 2006 when I wrote the essay). We now tend to avoid the patriotic part and focus on food instead. Hot dogs, watermelon, potato chips and popsicles anyone?

Many Warm Wishes from Seattle,
Corey Heller
Founder, Multilingual Living

Bilingual Homeschooling and Biliteracy

The best part of homeschooling is that reading and writing can follow a more organic process. Reading need not be something that takes place within a specific time period or following a specific set of rules. In fact, rules may not even come into play! In her post Bilingual Homeschooling: Reading and Writing in More Than One Language, Maria Hawkins, a former bilingual teacher, shares how her oldest child learned to read, much of which took place all on his own!

Enough Red, White and Blue!

The 4th of July was not always the peaceful experience that it was yesterday in my household. There was a time when it was more a culture clash than celebration. Find out why in my post American Independence and the World Cup (originally written in 2006).

In Your Language…

How would you describe the weather in your language? Who knew that there were so many ways to describe it! Find out if your language is represented in our review post and and if it isn’t, make sure to add it!

When Should We Start?

Continuing with our series of posts about reading and writing in the multilingual family, Madalena answers a parent’s question in the post: When Should We Start Teaching Our Bilingual Child to Read in Our Home Language? Make sure to read what she has to say.

Latest Forum Discussions…

Here are some of the latest discussions taking place on the Multilingual Living Forum:

Teach Your Bilingual Child to Read & Write

Whether your child can already read and write or is just learning, our series of posts on how to teach your bilingual child to read and write in more than one language will inspire and motivate. Our first post, Biliteracy: Teach Your Bilingual Child to Read and Write in Your Language, will prepare you for the rest of the articles on this exciting topic!

Chapter Two…

Don’t miss the second excerpt from the book Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family. If you are eager to introduce biliteracy into your home, this book will help you make it happen.

What Is Most Important?

Find out what is most important in helping your children become biliterate in our post The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter R. It has everything to do with us as parents so make sure you are doing this right!

Choosing Cultures?

In Multilingual Living’s Week in Review post, we share a link to Prof. Grosjean’s latest post about juggling more than one culture in our lives. It isn’t as easy or straightforward as it seems!

TRI-lingual Education Works!

We all love the benefits of a good bilingual education. But what about a school that educates children in THREE languages? Scroll to the bottom of our weekly review post to watch this interesting video.

A Room of Their Own?

Do your children have rooms of their own? Or do they share with their siblings? In our recent review post, we share the answers of parents from around the world. I was fascinated to read about how many children prefer to share a room with with their siblings!

Read All About It!

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