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The ABCs of Multilingual Parenting: The Letter S

by Corey
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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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Biliteracy: Teach Your Bilingual Child to Read and Write in Your Language

by Corey
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Photo credit: Alan Cleaver School is finishing in many places around the world. Children are looking forward to lazy days on the grass, swimming under the hot sun and chasing sprinkler rainbows across the yard. Ah, the joys of childhood. Summertime is also a time for reading – under trees, on the beach, lounging on […]

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Teaching Very Young Multilingual Children How to Read and Write in Their Languages?

by Corey
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We have a 2.5 year old daughter and speak Turkish at home.  Recently we moved to Cheyenne Wyoming.  I’m feeling concerned a bit about the future. What I have observed in my friends who grew up here is that their use of oral language is perfect, but writing is almost always a problem.

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