It's been a while that I have this idea in mind. I would like to start a group, in Jena (Germany) where I live, for parents raising multilingual children.
The aim of the group would be to meet (in person) other parents who are on the same bilingual/multilingual journey, share strategies and resources, and ideally organize fun activities for our children.
Has anyone here already done anything of this kind? I guess it would be quite a lot of work, so any tips on where to start, what I should consider, etc, would be very much appreciated!
From what you write I understand you want to start a group for multilingual families that do not necessarily share the same language, right?
When my oldest one was about a year and a half I started a play group in our ml (Spanish) in the city in Germany where I live, since it was a group for small kids, the parents where always present during the meetings we also talked about the bilingual journey and exchanged resources & strategies, and organized activities for our children in the ml. I wrote a guest post about it on Adam's blog, you can read it here.
I know we served of inspiration to other ml parents in our city, I had for example a good friend from Hungary and when she became a mom, she started a similar group for her ml.
I think if you have enough ml speakers in your area, it has a bigger influence on the ml of your kids if you start an ml group, since then they will have a bigger chance to use the ml if you organize activities for them.
But of course I think we all can take advantage of the experience of other multilingual families, even if they don't share our ml, like we see here in this community. I would advise you to start small, maybe organize a meeting for the multilingual families you already know and then brainstorm with them how could the group.
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