I often read comments on here that I really like but I don't really have anything to add in reply...so I just move on to the next comment...but sometimes I'd love to just give some sort of sign that I read the person's comment and 'liked' it, or was 'in agreement' with it, or I 'support' them...
Without suggesting this should become like facebook (with a 'like' option) I just thought I'd mention it to you in case you thought of some option to leave a mark (like a 'thumbs up'?) on someone's post...or indeed just to see if you or anyone else felt the same? Of course it also may not be possible to have an option like that--I just thought I'd mention it!
Such a great forum Adam and there seems to be plenty of action on it--well done and thank you!
Una and Dani, I appreciate your feedback. I considered this early on, and though I do see the merits of such a feature, my fear is that this would become a significant distraction to the intent of the forum: a "safe space," without judgment, for sharing ideas and information.
It may be just my own insecurities speaking, but judgment seems inherent in the fact that one post is "liked" (or some other variation of approval) and another post is not. I'd really prefer for us not to start worrying about how many "likes" our posts are getting. I think such negative side effects could loom larger than the merits mentioned.
But I'm open to being persuaded. There may be a way to handle this effectively that I haven't yet considered.
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Hi Adam I completely understand where you are coming from and that had occurred to me too...it's a little sad (but nonetheless true) that sometimes when we are unsure of ourselves a lack of 'likes' can have an effect! Let me stew on it too and I will let you know if I come up with any other way of doing it...
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Mayken: School starts again tomorrow. This year, exceptionally, 7yo will have all of her ml classes in 2 half days, instead of 1h/day. We'll see how that goes. (She's in 2nd grade.)
Sept 3, 2017 17:58:36 GMT 9
Amy: "Bonne rentrée" Mayken! Hope this new schedule will work well for your daughter though I have no doubt she will keep up her already excellent bilingual level
Sept 3, 2017 18:57:33 GMT 9
Mayken: Thanks Amy! Bonne rentrée to you too! My daughter has ml on Tuesday mornings (tomorrow!) and Thursday afternoons.
Sept 5, 2017 5:39:39 GMT 9
Amy: First Wednesday at home magic: ml2 bathed home and catching my 5 year old singing along her music player in ml2.... Bilingual bliss! Only you fellow bilingual parents could understand this
Sept 6, 2017 21:05:46 GMT 9
Mayken: Planning to send my daughter to ml school again during the next holidays. But it's ok, she's looking forward to it!
Sept 8, 2017 4:45:12 GMT 9
Mayken: We had our parents meetings with the ml teacher, my daughter will have a lot of work this year! One parent asked "which kids actually do speak ml at home?" Does that mean many of them don't???
Sept 13, 2017 5:02:26 GMT 9
Nellie: Mayken - my daughter is a lot younger than yours (just starting PS), but in her class there are two children with Spanish-speaking parents, but apparently neither of them actually speak it...disappointing!
Sept 13, 2017 6:28:10 GMT 9
Amy: Nellie, these 2 kids might simply be passive bilinguals, and as you know the penny might simply drop one day and they'll start using Spanish...
Sept 13, 2017 17:05:33 GMT 9
Mayken: In our ml class the kids are required to have a high level of ml. In class they only speak ml (this year there's a penalty for speaking ML!). I assumed they all speak ml with the ml parent at home. (I've known those kids for 2 years.)
Sept 13, 2017 23:42:56 GMT 9
Nellie: Yes I'm sure you're right and they are passive bilinguals! And they are young. I certainly hope by your daughter's age that my little one will be speaking ml1 with me - have already seen a lot of progress over the last week! The penny is dropping!
Sept 14, 2017 5:51:52 GMT 9
Patricia: Has anyone encountered studies, or personal accounts, of bilingualism (or multilingualism) playing a role in delayed speech?
Sept 15, 2017 1:31:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Patricia, please complete your Profile (see my "welcome message" for guidance), then post your questions to the forum boards. Thank you.
Sept 15, 2017 6:14:15 GMT 9