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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: April 2013

During our trip to the U.S. in June, I’ll regularly post highlights from Bilingual Monkeys—selected articles from each month since the site was launched last fall. Be sure to read the articles you may have missed! I’ll be back soon with reflections on our trip and fresh posts on raising bilingual kids!

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!

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.

Recommended Resources: The Lively Virtual Community of “Education in Japan”
“Education in Japan” offers helpful online resources for parents, including a website, blog, and discussion group.

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 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 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.

Free Report: The Power of Reading in Raising a Bilingual Child
A handy PDF file of my thoughts on reading in connection with raising bilingual kids.

When You Screw Up Badly as a Parent
Be careful that your actions aren’t undermining your own aims for your children’s language development.

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I’m Adam Beck, the founder of this blog and The Bilingual Zoo, a lively worldwide forum for parents raising bilingual or multilingual kids. I’m also the author of the widely-read book Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for over 20 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 16 and 13. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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