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8 16 Raising Bilingual Kids? Don't Miss These Helpful Resources!
by Adam Beck
Apr 30, 2017 6:08:05 GMT 9
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What do you think of The Bilingual Zoo and Bilingual Monkeys? Have some ideas for making them even better?

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12 74 Thanks for this forum!
by Adam Beck
Jun 13, 2017 13:32:52 GMT 9

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Tell us about you and your family. Where do you live? What are your languages? What's your bilingual journey been like so far? What do you hope to gain, and give, through your participation here? (Share your warm welcome with new members of this community, too!)

282 1,329 Hello from Canada
by Raquel
Jul 20, 2017 19:49:34 GMT 9
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What questions do you have about raising bilingual (or multilingual) kids? What challenges are you currently facing? Share them here, and lend support to others.

207 1,750 Teaching the alphabet
by Mayken
Jul 20, 2017 5:05:02 GMT 9
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Share strategies, ideas, and resources that have worked for you. Ask for advice to find resources in your target language.

130 883 Resources for French as ml
by Shangzhu
Jul 20, 2017 1:12:13 GMT 9
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Share a photo of your beautiful bilingual-to-be baby with this community! We love babies! (If you're not sure how to post a large photo, just send Adam a private message for support.)

10 58 April baby
by Alison
Jul 17, 2017 18:24:25 GMT 9

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Challenges are designed to empower your efforts and boost your children's bilingual development. Try one (or try them all!) and tell us what happened.

11 316 Challenge #10: Travel to Your Minority Language Country
by Raquel
Jul 5, 2017 21:41:39 GMT 9
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You want accountability? Tell us about your aims and your efforts. Share what you're going to do, then do it and report back on your progress. Help others stay on track by offering encouragement.

34 466 French Bilingual School off to a great start!
by Nellie
Jul 20, 2017 6:54:55 GMT 9
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Connect with others, near or far. Make new friends to exchange experiences, ideas, and support. Post your appeal to the world. Respond to requests.

18 71 English speaking families in Madrid, Spain
by Raquel
Jul 20, 2017 20:29:14 GMT 9

Time to Unwind

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Relax at the snack bar and talk about all things off-topic. Get to know one another a bit better. Free coffee and animal crackers.

28 177 Ideas so bilingual monkeys feel good about their ability
by Marie
Jul 20, 2017 3:20:23 GMT 9
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My two monkeys, Lulu and Roy (now 13 and 10), want to take part in our community, too! So feel free to ask them any questions you like--about their lives and their experience as bilingual children--and I'll have them respond. Your questions can be addressed to them as a pair, or individually.

21 73 How do you feel about being bilingual?
by Adam Beck
May 5, 2017 8:19:16 GMT 9

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Adam Beck: New video I think you'll like! Please watch and share! VIDEO: 20 Things to Love About Bilingual Children https://youtu.be/Ky8o1e5nsKs Jun 27, 2017 6:17:27 GMT 9
Joanna: I'm a member of a FB group Mums Space France and we're planning a weekend in September...taking over campgrounds in France , in English! :) Jun 27, 2017 14:50:49 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter got her report card today from her grade 1 ml class. Almost straight A student. I'll make sure to practise reading aloud and spelling basic words with her over the summer. Very proud and happy. Jun 29, 2017 5:09:33 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, congratulations to you both! Hope it's a fun, language-filled summer! :) Jun 29, 2017 5:54:17 GMT 9
Mayken: Time to update my profile: my little girl is 7 today. She got a stack of ml books and was totally thrilled. Jun 30, 2017 4:59:27 GMT 9
Adam Beck: My new video is getting good attention on Facebook! Please like it and share it! Thanks a lot! :) https://www.facebook.com/bilingualmonkeys Jun 30, 2017 10:12:21 GMT 9
Amy: Beautiful video Adam...and so true, as always! :). You enjoy your hiatus, and we look forward to reading you again in August! :) Otsukaresama deshita (thank you for your hard work)! ;) Jul 1, 2017 5:03:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter's ML report card has the same percentage of A's as the ml one but surprisingly the non-A's are not in the same categories. Anyway, she's off to grade 2 at the bilingual school! (After well-deserved and ml-rich holidays!) Jul 1, 2017 5:12:01 GMT 9
Nellie: Congratulations to your daughter Mayken! Jul 3, 2017 9:57:10 GMT 9
Nellie: Enjoy your holiday Adam! Jul 3, 2017 9:58:06 GMT 9
Fish: Loved the FB video! Jul 3, 2017 16:09:53 GMT 9
Wojtek: Back from journey from Croatia. It wasn't English speaking country but ... I was with my daughter for the whole 2 weeks 24/7! :) Jul 8, 2017 19:04:43 GMT 9
Wojtek: Being all day with daughter makes really difference! She spoke definitely more and I had more chance to correct her, suggest better phrases, etc. That was great! Jul 8, 2017 19:08:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Wojtek, a lot of one-on-one time is one of the perks of holidays, no matter where. Jul 9, 2017 19:55:27 GMT 9
Amy: Baby seems to pick up a lot of ml2! :) Yeaterday she surprised me answering back "whyyyy?" and this morning when asked how she was she replied "very well"!! :) <3 Beautiful moments of our bilingual journey <3 Jul 10, 2017 19:21:02 GMT 9
Mayken: That's lovely, Amy! Jul 11, 2017 5:17:46 GMT 9
Nellie: So sweet Amy! Jul 13, 2017 10:12:05 GMT 9
Mayken: Since I'm stricter about vacation reading than ML Dad, chances are my 7-year-old might read better in ml than ML by the end of the summer holidays. :) Jul 17, 2017 3:26:01 GMT 9
Amy: Yay Mayken! That's positive! Give a good head start to you daughter's ml reading, we bith know that the ML is bound to catch up because of the ML schooling ;) Jul 17, 2017 20:00:24 GMT 9
Jessica C: During nap today I overheard my daughter sleep talking in Spanish! (ml1) That has to mean she was dreaming in Spanish right? I'm so pleased! Jul 18, 2017 12:52:36 GMT 9