Multilingual ABC

The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter S

by Corey

S is for…  Stories As we all know, there is nothing more captivating than a good story! Adventure and mystery, romance and poetry – a tale told well will captivate even the most stubborn of audiences. Who can resist? When is the last time you told your children a good story in your language? Or […]

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When Is the Best Time to Teach Bilingual Children to Write in Their Languages?

by Madalena

Dear Madalena, I read so much about bilingualism, but it all focuses on the “oral” part. I have many questions about the written part: Is it better to learn one language in writing first and then the other? After how many years can you add the writing of the second/third language? Or can you do […]

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When Should We Start Teaching Our Bilingual Child to Read in Our Home Language?

by Madalena

Dear Madalena, I am British, my husband is Spanish and we live in Spain. We have two boys (aged 5 and 3) who go to a Spanish speaking school. Since they were babies, I have always spoken English and my husband in Spanish, which seems to work very well as they both understand and speak […]

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Bilingual Homeschooling: Reading and Writing in More Than One Language

by Maria
Learning to read.

By Maria Hawkins Photo credit: Neeta Lind Let me share a secret with you.  Reading and writing are just more complex ways of speaking and listening; they are just two more ways for you to communicate with the world around you. That is how I introduced my Kindergarten students to these ideas many moons ago. […]

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Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family: Introduction

by expert

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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