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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: July-August 2013

Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: July-August 2013

Happy Birthday, Bilingual Monkeys! This month my blog turns two! I hope you’ve found my work helpful to your bilingual journey. I’m really grateful for your interest and your support.

The past two years have been exciting for me. It’s wonderful to connect with people all over the world on a topic that means so much to our lives. One day, when I can finally tear myself away from this computer and travel more, I look forward to meeting many of you in person!

At the same time, I’ll be honest: writing over 200 blog posts has left me a bit winded. It isn’t easy maintaining this site (and responding to email) on top of my “day job” as a writer and editor, tutoring bilingual kids on the side, and spending time with my family. The truth is, I now need to focus more on other writing projects, and so, for a little while, I’ll take a break from blogging and let you catch up with previous posts, from the past year, that you may have missed.

One writing project, actually, 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.

I’ll also continue sending out my weekly newsletter each Sunday. If you’re not already receiving my free newsletter, it’s the very best way to keep up with all the action at the blog and forum. For full details, just see the subscribe page.

As always, thank you for sharing your favorite posts with the world via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites!

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

If This Isn’t a Big Part of Your Strategy for Raising Bilingual Kids, It Really Should Be
Parents seeking to raise bilingual children must make the effort to create a “print-rich environment” in the minority language.

The One Way Parents of Bilingual Kids Must Be Like a Panda Bear
A panda eating bamboo is the perfect symbol of a mindset needed by us all to advance steadily on this bilingual journey.

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?

Creative Solutions to Challenges Raising Bilingual Children
The broader our capacity for creative thinking, the more likely we’ll come up with effective ways to address the challenges of raising bilingual kids.

Can You See How Quickly Time Is Passing?
If you don’t take adequate advantage of the time that you have, the results may not be what you had hoped for at the start of this journey.

To Reach Your Destination, You Can’t Just Sit On Your Suitcase and Cry
Pursue the bilingual journey as you would a long trip: deal with the difficulties and keep heading toward your destination.

What My Hiroshima-Born Children Think About the Atomic Bombing
What do my children think about the atomic bombing, about war, about peace? I sat down with my kids on August 6 and asked them these questions.

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.

2 Key Reasons to Keep an Archive of Your Children’s Work
If you don’t already have a satisfactory system for collecting your children’s written work, this is something that really deserves your attention.

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.

Why I’m Like This Rumbling Volcano (And Why You Should Be, Too)
How can you sustain an effective homework routine to nurture literacy in the minority language?

The Dark Secret to Success at Raising Bilingual Kids
What vital secret do cave formations—stalactites and stalagmites, in particular—whisper to parents raising bilingual children?


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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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