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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: January-February 2014

Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: January-February 2014

As I explained earlier, I’m now taking a little break from blogging to focus on other writing projects. Over the past two years I’ve written more than 200 articles about raising bilingual children so this is a good time to take a short pause and let you catch up with previous posts that you may have missed.

One writing project is a book about raising bilingual children. My goal for this book is to provide ideas that will not only help parents achieve success, but maximize that success. This will be my mission moving forward: maximizing our children’s bilingual development.

If you’d like “inside information” on my new book—I’ll keep you posted on my progress and even give you the chance to win a free preview copy—just click this link to add your email address to a special list. (I’ll only email you occasionally, and only about my book.)

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At the same time, I’ll continue to remain active at the forum for our community, The Bilingual Zoo, so please stop by and say hello. It’s a friendly, lively place for “keepers” of bilingual kids and admission is free for all.

P.S. Don’t miss my major update of the most popular post on this site, titled My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids. It now contains 44 important tips and runs over 5,000 words.

Crazy Bilingual Kids Reveal Their New Year’s Resolutions
When I sat down with my kids, seeking sincere resolutions, what I got instead was this nutty discussion.

Thank You Letter from a Bilingual Child: Tatyana Leskowicz
In this guest post, Tatyana Leskowicz writes a lovely letter to her parents, reflecting on her upbringing as a bilingual child.

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?

Why Resources in the Minority Language Are So Vital to Bilingual Success (With 6 Real-Life Examples From My Own Family)
Maintaining a steady stream of suitable resources is at the very heart of nurturing strong language development.

“I Spoke Both Finnish and English”: I Interview My Mother on Her Bilingual Childhood
My mother shares her history as a bilingual child, with bilingual parents.

Haircuts, Soap Bubbles, and the Whole Meaning of Life in Under 700 Words
This week I got a haircut. Once a month, for the past six years, I go to the same little barbershop, just a few minutes on foot from my house…

How Comic Books Can Give Your Kids Bilingual Super Powers
Comic books in the minority language can be a highly effective way of promoting language development.

Recommended Resources: Captivating Comic Books for English Learners
Here’s a list of great graphic novels to nurture language development and a love of literacy.

Recommended Resources: “Bilingual: Life and Reality” by François Grosjean
A wise, warm primer on the subject of bilingualism, highly recommended for parents, teachers, and the general public.

What Do You Know About Bilingualism? Take This Quiz and Test Your Knowledge!
Here’s a little quiz about bilingualism to test your knowledge!

76 Wonderful Quotes on Parenthood
The more effective we want to be as parents of bilingual children, the more effective we need to be, first and foremost, as parents.


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Welcome to Bilingual Monkeys!

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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