This board it awesome. I look forward to seeing it grow.
This is just a thought, and I am not an educator AND I obviously haven't given as much thought to the board/community structure as you have, but:
Under "Questions and Concerns" I think it is, you have two sub-boards, one for 0-12 and one for teens. This got me thinking: Do you think there would be any benefit to creating a sub-board for pre-schoolers (0-3 or 0-5 years of age)? I wonder, in part because, while I am doing many pre-literacy tasks with my son (like reading, reading, reading), I don't have the written word to use directly with him as a part of growing his target language. Additionally, the little I know about early childhood education seems to imply that the 0-3 age group learns via different educational strategies as compared to school age children. In practical terms, this means that advice from the parent of a 7 year old isn't always (as) useful to the parent of a toddler.
On the other hand, I know that the community is small so far, and I don't want to divide us more than necessary, and learning from those of you further down the bilingual road is ALWAYS appreciated.
Lena, thanks for your positive and helpful feedback.
Ideally, I would agree. In fact, during our "testing" phase, I tried dividing the ages into three sub-boards: 0-6 (baby/preschool), 7-12 (elementary school), and 13-18 (teen years).
The difficulty I found, practically speaking, is that there are often general-type topics (say, "reading aloud") that don't fit neatly into tighter divisions. With those more narrow divisions, people (including me) weren't sure where the thread should go. And when they were placed in one sub-board, but really also applied more widely to another sub-board, too, this meant that others could miss out on the thread entirely, unless they happened to search for certain key words.
So the divisions, as they stand, are imperfect, but I'm not yet sure how to gain the advantages of more narrow sub-boards without the significant disadvantages that seem to come with it.
But I certainly remain open, as the forum grows, to any suggestions that might address this difficulty and improve its organization. My highest priority, really, is making the site as effective and user-friendly as possible.
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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