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A Website for Raising Bilingual Kids in Japanese & English — as well as in Other Language Pairs

I enjoy reading Adam Beck’s posts about raising bilingual children, and I do believe I’ve mentioned his website before: BilingualMonkeys.com. I thought it worthy to single him out, however, because of his ongoing work – also because he has a new book out that I plan to check out eventually, “Instant Inspiration for Parents Raising Kids“. (As opposed to parents raising monsters, I’m assuming!) Bilingual in his context is Japanese and English, but his monthly pointers on bilingualism will transfer to other language pairs as well. I need the summer to arrive before I can read the book, but comments on it are welcome here. Thanks, Adam, for sharing.

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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Super Speller” to the Rescue during State Testing

The things we do as teachers – and parents – to support and motivate our kids… It was fun, though, and they did their best.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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For LATIN or GREEK or MADE-UP-WORD ETYMOLOGY-LOVERS Like Me: A Cool Harry Potter List of Spells and Charms

As a book-lover and Mom (who also happens to be a remnant of those who happily studied Latin in high school), it was a bit of a spoiler for me (and occasionally “intriguing”) when, years ago, I read the Harry Potter series and came upon each spell or charm. Just by reading the spell, I already knew what it would probably do, just from my love of languages as a child. Nowadays, American teachers rarely have time to engender such a love and study of languages outside of “approved curriculae”…Sometimes I wish I could just say “Wingardium Leviosa” to some K-12 curriculum guides and toss them out a window…!

(In case you’re wondering, I’m in the midst of our own birthday mania, but still found time to take our two youngest to a Harry Potter-themed birthday party near the mountains. It let me reminisce, if only for a moment or two!)

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Just Published: Mrs. Davenport’s ESL Video – Animal Names with 61 Animals & Insects

 
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As Mothers and Fathers from around the World, We Cannot Turn Our Backs: WHERE ARE THE GIRLS??

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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