I'm happy to report that the other day Mei and her family came to our house for a visit! (Read Mei's introduction.) It was the first time I've had the chance to meet a fellow keeper in person!
Mei is originally from Singapore, but now lives in Hiroshima, too, and she stopped by with her Japanese husband and her baby boy, who turned 1 in December. My kids were thrilled to play with the little guy! Here he is chasing after a remote control car...
For me, it was kind of a bittersweet moment when I held the baby in my arms. Although I'm not so sure I'd wish for my kids to be babies again--it wasn't exactly an easy time--it's also true that holding them close as infants is one of the warmest memories of my life.
I was also pleased that I could "hand down" a box of resources to Mei for her own journey with her son. (Her poor husband had to carry it to the car!) It's nice to know these books and games can continue to help promote the bilingual development of another child.
I really enjoyed this first meeting with a member of our community, and I hope it won't be the last such opportunity. In fact, I wish I could throw a big party and have you all come over this Saturday night for wine and animal crackers! Still, know that you have an open invitation to visit, if you ever find yourself traveling to Hiroshima, Japan!
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
Oh yes, it was awesome! I'm so glad that you invited us to your place, Adam! Although it was a really cold day, we felt so warm and welcomed in your home and your children were so sweet. Thank you for the wonderful chat, tea and cookies. We're very grateful for the great English resources like books and games. In fact, we've started reading some of the books and Zhiyang, my baby, really enjoys them. I'm sure he wants to play with your children again, too, because they were so gentle with him. I'm still impressed with your children, you know. Take care till the next time we meet! You'll be able to hold my baby all you want!
Hello from another Hiroshima budding bilingual family! We're in Kure City actually. Just found the zoo and the monkeys. It's one of those wonderful resources which is exactly what I'd been looking for, but which I hadn't realized I'd been looking for until I found it! Here's hoping to get to know some of you better over the next months and years.
Welcome! Welcome to Hiroshima! Welcome to the Bilingual Zoo! I hope you'll be able to share and make use of the ideas shared here. Kure is so near us and I nearly got a job there before. Happy fishing!
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9