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Highlights from Bilingual Monkeys: May 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!

Are You Making the Moments with Your Kids Count?
Every interruption from your children is actually another fleeting chance to help stretch the minority language and deepen the parent-child bond.

Recommended Resources: The Magic of Magazine Subscriptions
Children’s magazines in the target language are another useful resource for promoting language development and a love of literacy.

How Rats in the Bathroom Can Boost a Child’s Bilingual Ability
This new “captive reading” tactic can nurture more sophisticated forms of language, including advanced vocabulary.

Live, Live, Live While We Have the Chance
Keiko’s grandmother died during the night. She was 97 and had vowed to live to the age of 100.

Do Your Bilingual Children Go to School in the Majority Language?
Visit your children’s school to see the hard reality of their exposure to the majority language and strengthen your support for the minority language.

Extraordinary Grandparents – Extraordinary Moments
Guest post by Annie Dye: Grandparents play a special role in the lives of our bilingual children.

It’s a Scientific Fact! Baby Praying Mantises Can Get Your Child Reading More in the Minority Language!
Once your children have begun to read in the minority language, look for opportunities to playfully encourage more independent reading.

25 Tips from Mark Twain for Parents Raising Bilingual Kids
What wise, witty words from Mark Twain might speak to parents raising bilingual kids?

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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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