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96 Things You Can Do Today to Boost Your Child’s Bilingual Ability
A lengthy list of activities you can pursue, right now, to nurture a child’s language development, whatever your target language.

50 Activities with Animals to Engage Your Bilingual Kids in the Minority Language
To get your bilingual children using their minority language, turn to activities featuring animals.

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.

Meeting the King’s Family and Enriching My Bilingual Children’s Language Exposure
Are you making active use of “imaginary talk” in your interactions with your kids, to promote greater exposure to the minority language?

A Sneaky Way to Get Bilingual Kids to Use the Minority Language
To get your children eagerly using the minority language, try making “mystery” a conscious tactic in your efforts.

WARNING: Do Not, Under Any Circumstances, Read This Blog Post About Raising Bilingual Children
You mustn’t read this blog post! It’s much too dangerous! It contains dreadful secrets you don’t want to know!

The Busy Parent’s Guide to Cloning Yourself
Increase your child’s exposure to the minority language, even when you’re not around.

3 Good Ways to Boost a Bilingual Child’s Language Ability and Loving Bond with Grandparents
How can we strengthen our children’s ties to their grandparents, while stretching their ability in the minority language?

A Powerful Twist on the Use of Skype to Promote the Minority Language
Try this strategy for fueling lively conversations via Skype with grandparents and other loved ones.

The Importance of Stories and Storytelling in Raising Bilingual Kids
Enrich a bilingual child’s exposure to the minority language—and her language development—through the use of stories and storytelling.

How to Use Poetry with Your Bilingual Kids (And Why You Should)
How much do you use poetry with your children to nurture the minority language?

The Funniest Activity I’ve Ever Done with My Bilingual Kids and Students
Here’s a great game that often gets my bilingual kids and students laughing like mad chipmunks. (Free downloads, too!)

A Terrific Way to Get Your Bilingual Kids Talking (and Build a Closer Bond)
Here’s an idea that can be a fun and useful tactic for generating conversation and engaging your children in the minority language.

How I Get My Bilingual Son to Talk His Head Off in the Minority Language
Here’s a fun activity for parent and child that promotes non-stop use of the target language and frees the imagination completely.

Another Fun Idea to Get Your Bilingual Kids Eagerly Using the Minority Language
Try this playful, indirect way of prompting your children to speak the minority language.

This Great Way to Get Bilingual Kids Talking More is Often Overlooked
Here’s a rich, ready source of inspiration for storytelling in the target language.

What Is Captive Reading and How Will It Help My Bilingual Child?
Captive reading is a highly effective strategy for increasing a child’s exposure to reading material.

The Larger Arc of Captive Reading—and Our Lives As Human Beings
I’ve come to the final step of my longtime efforts using captive reading to promote the language and literacy development of my kids.

Why You Must Put a Whiteboard in the Bathroom
Making use of a whiteboard is a cheap and effective way to nurture the reading ability of your children.

Turn Your Kids into Eager Readers with This Fun, Simple Strategy
The use of “serial stories” can motivate children to read independently, and eagerly, in English.

My Favorite Way to Get a Bilingual Child Reading More in the Minority Language
This strategy not only nurtures a child’s literacy development, it’s great fun for both parent and child.

How Rats in the Bathroom Can Boost a Child’s Bilingual Ability
This new “captive reading” tactic can nurture more sophisticated forms of language, including advanced vocabulary.

It’s a Scientific Fact! Baby Praying Mantises Can Get Your Child Reading More in the Minority Language!
Once your children have begun to read in the minority language, look for opportunities to playfully encourage more independent reading.

Making Science a Bigger Part of a Bilingual Child’s Life and Language Development
How do I nurture my children’s language ability about the world at large, in scientific terms, when I’m practically a caveman myself?

How Messages in the Minority Language Can Boost Literacy (and Much More)
Writing messages to your children in the minority language can have a positive impact on literacy and other aspects of their development.

Today’s Appetizer: Daddy—How to Boost Literacy (and Love) at Lunchtime
Personal notes placed in a child’s lunchbox can help foster literacy and a loving bond.

Are Your Bilingual Kids Writing Letters in the Minority Language?
Letter-writing exchanges in the minority language can promote stronger language development, broader awareness of the world, and richer relationships.

Story Exchange, a Great Way to Get Bilingual Kids Writing
Learn about a really fun and effective idea for writing practice, and read some example stories from my own family.

How a Globe-Trotting Alligator Helped One Family Find Greater Fun and Success on Their Bilingual Journey
A wonderful project, pursued by a family in the U.S., that brought them closer to the world and boosted their bilingual aim.

How Images Will Stimulate Your Child’s Bilingual Development
Make conscious use of the images around you to nurture your children’s bilingual ability.

“Daddy Is Dangerous”: A Fun, Effective Word Game for Bilingual Kids
A word game designed to increase a bilingual child’s exposure to the minority language and promote literacy.

How Fighting Like Furious Monkeys Can Benefit Your Bilingual Kids
Having your children calmly describe their quarrels can benefit their ability to tell a narrative in the minority language.

Your Tips for Supporting the Minority Language of Older Bilingual Children and Teens
Tips from readers on maintaining support for the minority language of older bilingual children and teens. Please share your ideas!

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