I would like to connect with others who are raising their kids in a minority language in Japan.
I hope we can share experiences with the pluses and minuses of local school vs international school.
Also, strategies and challenges that might be unique to living in Japan. For example, my general feeling is that it takes a lot more work to be literate in Japanese than in European languages.
Perhaps we could make a playgroup despite any geographic differences between us. Meet somewhere to go camping, onsen, or we may happen to be visiting each other's locales by chance.
To give you some background, I visited several international schools in Tokyo and will visit both Japanese public and private schools. Presently my son is in a public nursery though he did spend a year in an international nursery. I am presently leaning towards a dual-language school in Tokyo as the end-game but that is still not decided as I would greatly benefit from the experiences of others in this community.
Terry, I would recommend that you also connect with the "Education in Japan" community, led by the always-helpful Aileen Kawagoe. This could be an excellent source of support for your educational and social aims. For all the details, see...
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.
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