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.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the popular 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. Please support The Bilingual Zoo through Adam's Patreon page www.patreon.com/bilingualmonkeys.
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Amy: Last year, a new colleague joined my team. She's trilingual in the same languages as me. It was like magic. We change languages and even code-switch several time a day. I had missed that so much!! My monolingual colleagues must think we're freaks! lol
May 8, 2019 4:56:12 GMT 9
Amy: Unfortunately, she has resigned and is leaving shortly. I was so proud to introduce her to my eldest, one day that I had brought her to show her round my office. And to introduce other bi/multilingual colleagues. Show how important languages are.
May 8, 2019 4:58:26 GMT 9
Mayken: That must have been wonderful, Amy! I'm sorry she is leaving. I would love to find someone like that. We had an English intern last year who spoke German and French. We chatted a lot.
May 8, 2019 6:06:01 GMT 9
Caro C.: Oh Amy I sort of feel related to what you are saying. Some months ago I made a friend from the US. She happens to be a neighbor with four kids. We’ve been sharing back and forth and I’d love my baby girl to eventually be able to share with her children
May 13, 2019 12:55:09 GMT 9
Caro C.: Although maybe they will be a bit old for her, still we (I mean their mom = Sarah and me) both are very happy and grateful for each other as friends.
May 13, 2019 12:57:05 GMT 9
Mayken: As of yesterday, I am aunt to a baby girl who lives in our ml country with 2 ml parents, and I'm already planning to get them a nice nursery rhymes CD for our first visit.
May 16, 2019 20:03:47 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Mayken! Have a happy visit!
May 17, 2019 9:10:21 GMT 9
Caro C.: OMG I just came across this song and it filled my heart with joy and excitement...perfect for all of us who are parents: youtu.be/g1fcnhB8GOY
May 19, 2019 14:01:55 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Caro, thanks for sharing that lovely song. Raffi was one of our very favorite musicians when my kids were small. We listened to him all the time. I highly recommend his albums as a source of very enjoyable and very effective English input.
May 20, 2019 15:32:26 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter is on a field trip this week and I feel like I've lost my main purpose
May 20, 2019 20:03:33 GMT 9
Raquel: That's cute, Mayken. I hope you enjoyed all that extra free time.
May 29, 2019 18:17:39 GMT 9
SheilaC: I am concern about our upcoming big change to Public school with all English teaching and minimal Spanish. We have been lucky until now with Spanish speaking Nanny and Spanish immersion preschool. We are doing 2-day per week with Spanish after school.
May 31, 2019 10:51:49 GMT 9
Amy: @sheilac, I suggest you create an actual thread on the "Questions & Concerns" board, so fellow Zoo Keepers can help you with your concerns. 256 characters is too little to discuss something that is so important to your heart
Jun 2, 2019 23:44:41 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam Beck, thanks for that very interesting and timely post - it justifies the large order for ml books and DVDs I'm about to place in view of my daughters upcoming birthday!
Jun 3, 2019 23:46:00 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Great to hear this, Mayken! And happy birthday to both yours and mine! (They have the same birthday, don't they?) And if anyone missed that post, here's the link once more...
Jun 4, 2019 8:03:42 GMT 9