Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

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Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids
A lengthy list of key concepts and ideas for raising bilingual children, with links to further information.

45 Key Questions Every Parent Raising a Bilingual Child Should Ask
Ask and address these important questions to strengthen your efforts and your success at raising bilingual children.

Why Raising a Bilingual Child Matters in a World Gone Mad
From the horror of Hiroshima to the terror of Paris, the world is mad. Why does raising bilingual kids even matter?

Free eBook for Parents Raising Bilingual Children from Adam Beck, the Founder of Bilingual Monkeys
Instant Inspiration for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids is designed to empower your daily efforts and long-term success. Download it now.

7 Steps to Get Your Bilingual Child Using the Minority Language More Actively
Follow these 7 steps to strengthen your child’s bilingual development and promote more active use of the minority language.

Your Child Wants to Be Bilingual!
Your gurgling baby, or your growing child, may not be aware of this yet, but they want to be bilingual!

Why Raising a Bilingual Child Is Very, Very Simple—and Very, Very Difficult
The process may be simple, but it’s hardly easy, particularly when the child attends a majority language school.

Warning to New Parents Who Dream of Raising a Bilingual Child
Raising a bilingual child demands a lot more time, energy, and expense than many new parents originally imagine.

Raising Bilingual Children: 17 Actions That Will Strengthen the Odds of Success
The more of these actions you pursue, the more you will raise the odds of achieving the aim of your bilingual journey.

Nobody’s Perfect at Raising Bilingual Children
To raise a bilingual child, the important thing isn’t perfection, it’s perseverance.

This Is When You Should Give Up the Idea of Raising a Bilingual Child
What if you’ve done your “very best” but you’re still “failing” at your bilingual aim?

What’s the Best Language Strategy for Raising Bilingual Children?
There are different approaches to raising bilingual children. Which one is best for your family?

What Language Should I Speak in Public with My Bilingual Child?
Be careful that your use of the majority language doesn’t undermine your greater goal for your child’s development in the minority language.

Guest Post: Yes, You Will Have Haters. Keep Speaking to Your Kids In the Minority Language Anyway.
Sam Zerin shares his personal struggles, as well as helpful suggestions, on the challenge of speaking the minority language in public.

What to Do When Your Bilingual Child Won’t Speak Your Language
To activate a child’s passive ability in the minority language, you must address the areas of “need” and “exposure.”

Why Saying a Lot of Dumb Things to Your Bilingual Kids Is So Valuable to Their Language Development
Making regular use of “imaginary talk” is a key tactic for promoting a child’s language development as well as a playful parent-child bond.

Guest Post: Speech-Language Pathologist Tells All About Bilingualism, Speech, and Language Delays
Speech-language pathologist Ana Paula Mumy has written a masterful guest post on language acquisition and language delays.

Help! My Bilingual Children Are Losing Their Ability in the Minority Language!
What should you do when your children start “losing” their minority language after entering a majority language school?

Is It Too Late For My Child to Become Bilingual?
What options are there for beginning or boosting a child’s bilingual development at an older age?

When You Feel a Lack of Support for Your Bilingual Journey from the People Around You
What can you do when you feel a lack of support from a spouse, relative, or friend?

The Most Powerful Thing of All in Nurturing Language Development
Research suggests that the sheer quantity of speech directed at the child by the parents and caregivers has a huge impact on language development.

The Secret to Raising a Bilingual Child
What’s the number one thing parents can do to raise a bilingual child with good language ability?

How Many Books Do You Have In Your Home?
Research shows a strong relationship between the number of books in the home and a child’s language development and ability.

If This Isn’t a Big Part of Your Strategy for Raising Bilingual Kids, It Really Should Be
Parents seeking to raise bilingual children must make the effort to create a “print-rich environment” in the minority language.

How Many Hours Per Week Is Your Child Exposed to the Minority Language?
About 25 hours per week is a good target when it comes to a bilingual child’s exposure to the minority language. Have you made a concrete count lately?

Secrets of a Successful Homework Routine, Part 1
To nurture literacy in the minority language, a regular homework routine is vital. In this post I share the details of our own homework routine.

Secrets of a Successful Homework Routine, Part 2
A daily homework routine is central to my efforts at home. In this follow-up post, I share the strategies and resources of our current routine.

Why I’m Like This Rumbling Volcano (And Why You Should Be, Too)
How can you sustain an effective homework routine to nurture literacy in the minority language?

The Dark Secret to Success at Raising Bilingual Kids
What vital secret do cave formations—stalactites and stalagmites, in particular—whisper to parents raising bilingual children?

The Magical Ingredient for Motivating Your Bilingual Child
How can you kindle more motivation in your children for the tasks you give them?

What Frustrates Me About Raising Bilingual Children
“Preventive medicine” can lessen the difficulties, and accompanying frustrations, of raising bilingual kids.

Do Your Bilingual Children Go to School in the Majority Language?
Visit your children’s school to see the hard reality of their exposure to the majority language and strengthen your support for the minority language.

Watch Out for the Tough “Second Stage” of Bilingual Development
A warning for parents who will one day face the “second stage” of bilingual development: schooling in the majority language.

Do This One Simple Thing and I Guarantee You Greater Success On Your Bilingual Journey
What simple action, made into a regular habit, can have a powerful impact on your daily efforts and your children’s bilingual development?

The One Thing You Absolutely, Positively Must Have to Raise a Bilingual Child
Without this, the odds of successfully raising a bilingual child will plummet dramatically.

How to Get Your Kids to Do Exactly What You Want
A simple strategy that provides structure and rhythm for motivating your children to complete their daily tasks.

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