Wojtek, thank you for your suggestion. It's true, a separate section for non-native families seeking to foster a second language would have some merits.
Let me back up, though, and tell you that, when this forum first opened, I did include a couple of additional boards for "sub-groups" of people...and they were rarely used. Finally, I thought it best to close them and add their threads to the main boards. In fact, adding these threads to the other boards wasn't difficult because the subject matter overlapped.
That's why I don't think boards for sub-groups--at least at this stage of our forum's life--will work in the way we hope. Every such group, of course, would have certain issues that are very specific to their situations. But for the most part, the main issues involved in the experience of raising bilingual children are largely the same for us all, often revolving around the "core conditions" of exposure and need. (The child must receive ample exposure to the target language on a regular basis and feel a genuine need to use this language actively.)
Thus, boards for sub-groups end up receiving only modest interest, from a limited number of people, and mostly produce threads that could just as well be part of the main boards for everyone. And if they're not placed there, on the main boards, then much of the community won't see them and can't benefit from them.
So, for the time being at least--until this forum is even bigger and more active--it's probably best to continue limiting the number of boards so the content doesn't become too scattered and redundant. Your suggestion is still a good one, and well worth keeping in mind for the future, but I'm not sure the site is yet ready to effectively include smaller sub-groups.
As always, though, I'm open to everyone's thoughts and suggestions on this issue, or other issues, involving the management and growth of this community.
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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