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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: February 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!

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.

Recommended Resources: “Be Bilingual” by Annika Bourgogne
“Be Bilingual: Practical Ideas for Multilingual Families” is an excellent book of research-based advice and practical, real-world ideas.

Secrets of a Successful Homework Routine
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.

POW! How Super Heroes Strengthened My Son’s Bilingual Ability
Expand the boundaries of a child’s bilingual ability by making a conscious, strategic effort to encourage and engage with their natural passions.

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

“I Want to Be Bilingual”: Letter from a Newborn Baby
Here I am! Your new baby! I’m pretty darn cute, right? I know you’re surprised to see this letter. You didn’t expect me to arrive with a special delivery, did you?

Interview with Eowyn Crisfield of “On Raising Bilingual Children”
Eowyn Crisfield, an expert on raising bilingual children, shares her professional and personal insights.


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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 popular books Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability and Bilingual Success Stories Around the World. I’ve been an educator and writer in this field for 25 years as well as the parent of two bilingual children, now 19 and 16. I hope my work can help empower the success of your bilingual journey.

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