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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: January 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!

My Resolution for the New Year
I’m determined to be more proactive when it comes to my efforts, and more persevering when responding to dissatisfying results.

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

The Time I Got Bitten By A Lion
You don’t believe me, do you? That’s okay, no one does—until they see the proof…

Can Children with Special Needs Be Bilingual?
A selection of online resources on bilingualism to support parents raising children with special needs.

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.

Recommended Resources: Good Books on Reading Aloud
Reading aloud to children is a vital practice for nurturing language ability. This article provides a list of good books on the subject.

The Spirit of the Bilingual Quest
As important as suitable strategies and techniques are to this quest, they’re ultimately secondary to underlying qualities of spirit.

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?

49 Inspiring Quotes for Parents Raising Bilingual Children
Wise words that can help inspire parents in their quest to raise bilingual children.

What Positive Action Have You Been Putting Off When It Comes to the Minority Language?
What’s something you’ve been putting off, some positive action that could benefit 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 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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