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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Amy: Happy birthday to your 2 bilingual monkeys Mayken and Adam Beck !
Jun 30, 2018 5:15:05 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, that's true, but in our case, the U.S. didn't make it to the World Cup this time! Japan has gone through, but they'll probably get knocked out very soon...
Jun 30, 2018 7:22:16 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Wojtek, Poland won! I was disappointed, though, to see Japan hold the ball at the end of the game because they only wanted to go through to the next round. I understand why they did that but I wish they had played harder...
Jun 30, 2018 7:24:42 GMT 9
Wojtek: Well, it suited both teams to slow down the ball. However, it was really unexpected and peculiar
Jul 1, 2018 1:16:27 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Cologne to my hometown, I saw a boy about 9/10 and his older sister. She was fluent in German but spoke French with a slight accent, he spoke only French. They were visiting their grandparents. I was intrigued but didn't ask.
Jul 1, 2018 22:06:55 GMT 9
Wojtek: Does anyone know an online English speech language therapist? I thought that it could be a good idea to get my girl evaluated in her ml...
Jul 6, 2018 4:02:38 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! My 8-year-old daughter passed her ml swim test today! After swimming & diving, the pool attendant asked her to recite the swimming/safety rules (our recent captive reading), and she knew them all!
Jul 6, 2018 21:28:23 GMT 9
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Jul 7, 2018 11:28:32 GMT 9
Agnese: First words. What to expect? My son is 10 months old. He's still babbling, but I've noticed some different sounds depending on the situation. I wonder if he'll start saying his first words in the next weeks (or months, who knows?). What should I expect?
Jul 11, 2018 0:30:24 GMT 9
Amy: Don't expect anything Agnese. Just let it happen, and then what he says will hit you like a train. It's an amazing moment. Just live it and don't overthink it. Whatever he says, in whatever language it is, it is a magical moment.
Jul 11, 2018 5:11:14 GMT 9
Agnese: I've recently found a further (annoying) challenge: when I speak ml (Italian) to my child (10m) in front of ML acquaintances, they are making jokes about what I said (mostly accent, similar unrelated words...). What do you think is the best way to act?
Jul 15, 2018 13:04:11 GMT 9
Amy: Agnese, it is simply because they never had the opportunity to be acquainted so closely to that language. Just smile and keep going. Over time (even if this may seem long), the comments will fade. Don't show your son you are embarrassed by your ml.
Jul 16, 2018 3:56:41 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Agnese, I strongly second Amy's advice! Stay strong and continue speaking Italian!
Jul 18, 2018 6:22:37 GMT 9
Adam Beck: And Agnese, keep in mind that, above all, the highest priority is your bilingual aim, not the other passing concerns that are part of this experience (for us all). Don't let these distract you from the greater goal.
Jul 18, 2018 6:24:49 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you! After this setback I feel stronger than ever! The same day of the incident I ordered plenty of books in the ml on Amazon and I'm reading every day new research on bilingualism and bilingual education. I'm ready to defend my goal! Thanks
Jul 19, 2018 18:37:58 GMT 9
Agnese: Thank you for the suggestion!
Jul 21, 2018 15:40:43 GMT 9
Mayken: My daughter met some inversed ML/ml kids today who live in our ml country. Their parents probably weren't thrilled they found n ML (for them) friend in their ml country. I'm sorry...a little bit.
Aug 7, 2018 2:07:34 GMT 9