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 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